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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 11 October 2019


This week in CHANGE

Australian visitors

We were delighted to welcome visitors from Australia to the CHANGE project area this week. Community Health Researcher, Esther Miller and Kindergarten Teacher, Brigid Jackson, spent the day visiting and meeting with services from the local community, along with our Senior Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay. Esther and Brigid visited us as part of a research project to examine how communities across the UK are supporting vulnerable families, particularly within Early Learning and Childcare settings. The CHANGE team was also able to share some of the key learning from the project. It was interesting to us that the challenge faced by many families around the complexity of childcare information was highlighted by our visitors as something that is also prevalent in Australia.

We would like to thank Nikki Black, Head of Centre at Parkhead Community Nursery, Margaret Ann MacKinnon, Head of Centre at Silverdale Nursery and Colin Agnew, Administrator of the North East Glasgow Childcare Forum for hosting visits and meetings with our visitors.

Out of school care (OSC)

In last week’s bulletin, we discussed how expanding OSC in the Parkhead area would be a key priority for CHANGE during the coming 12 months. This week saw us take a significant step towards achieving our objective of establishing a new 24-place service. We are delighted to have reached an agreement with the Board of Whiterose Community Hall that will see CHANGE facilitate the process of exploring whether a new OSC can be located within these premises. Whiterose is located in the heart of the Parkhead community and recently appointed several new board members who are keen to develop links with local services to support children and families living in the area. The first phase of this work will see CHANGE act as a liaison between the Board and OSC providers from North East Glasgow, all of whom have been invited to submit expressions of interest, in relation to locating an OSC within the hall. We will provide regular updates on this work as it progresses and any questions in relation to this can be raised with our Senior Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley, using the contact details at the bottom of this bulletin.

CHANGE was also represented at a meeting of the North East Glasgow OSC Forum this week where we provided more information on our work with Whiterose, along with a general project update. We have been regular attendees at meetings of the Forum and have engaged with providers to discuss some of the issues that are affecting services in and around our project area. The views of OSC providers will be part of a series of learning summaries that we will be publishing on our website in the near future.

Children and families' sector news

Care Inspectorate Frequently asked questions: Space to Grow: indoor/outdoor settings

The Care Inspectorate has published a list of the most frequently asked questions relating to its Space to Grow guide to best practice for the provision of indoor and outdoor childcare settings. This new guidance covers a range of issues including some that have been discussed with the CHANGE team by providers in our project area. This includes the size and quality requirements for outdoor spaces and how to facilitate free flow play for children that allows them to choose whether to play indoors or outdoors. You can access the document on the Care Inspectorate Hub here

Dad’s antenatal workshops

Quarriers and the North East Glasgow Health Improvement team are running two antenatal workshops aimed at expectant fathers. The workshops will allow participants to meet other dads-to-be, along with providing opportunities to ask questions and try out some practical baby caring skills such as bathing and nappy changing. Details of both workshops are provided below.

Tues 22 October, 6-7:30pm

Quarriers Family Centre, 26 Avondale St, Glasgow G33 3QS.

Thurs 21 November, 6-7:30pm

Eastbank Training & Conference Centre Academy Street, Glasgow, G32 9AA.

To find out more or to book a space, please contact Susie Heywood or James Leitch on 0141 232 0171 or e-mail,

Places are also available from Alison Brown on 0141 774 8202 and at 


CHANGE Knowledge Exchange

The third CHANGE Knowledge Exchange will take place on Tuesday 29 October. During the day we will hear from a range of speakers, many of whom will carry out interactive presentations where participation will be encouraged. The key learning aims for the day are:

  • Sharing the story of the CHANGE project
  • Hearing from other organisations, with opportunities to network and share examples of good practice
  • Exploring how the learning from CHANGE can be applied in a local, regional or national context
  • Discussions and exercises that will support the development of a call to action on what can be done to support children and families.

We’re expecting contributions from a range of organisations including Children in Scotland, Members of the CHANGE Hub, the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative, Playbusters, Parkhead Youth Project, the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, the team developing A Local Information Service for Scotland and Nigel Denby, Nutritionist.

Places at the event can be booked on the Children in Scotland website here.

Contribute to CHANGE

We welcome and encourage input from anyone who has an interest in childcare or community wellbeing in Glasgow East. If you’d like to discuss this with a member of the CHANGE team please contact our Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley, or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, Both Anthony and Alison are based in Glasgow East at least four days per week and are happy to chat to anyone who feels they have something to contribute to the project.