CHANGE Bulletin 12th January

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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 12th January 2018

In our first bulletin of the year we look at key events taking place in 2018. Including, Year of Young People, CHANGE plans and a very special award for one of our colleagues.

Year of Young People

In 2015, our parent organisation, Children in Scotland, was commissioned by the Scottish Government, along with the Scottish Youth Parliament and Young Scot, to work with young people to shape the delivery of the Year of Young People (YOYP) in 2018. First announced in 2013, YOYP 2018 involves young people aged 8-26. It has many aims and objectives that are compatible with the aspirations of CHANGE. Chief among these is valuing the contribution of young people to communities, something that has been at the core of the community engagement work carried out by the CHANGE team. YOYP 2018 also champions the work being done by adults involved in the lives of young people, including teachers and other professional who support young people. During the first year of our project, the CHANGE team was fortunate to meet many inspirational adults and young people, living in Glasgow East, who contribute positively to improving the lives of families in the area. YOYP 2018 is an opportunity for CHANGE, and everyone involved in working with families in Glasgow East, to celebrate the many achievements of Scotland’s young people.

Congratulations

Some great news reached the CHANGE team to kick off 2018. Our colleague, Grant Douglas, from the Enquire team at Children in Scotland, was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honour List. Grant, who will receive the award for services to disabled people, is the proud inventor of the S’up Spoon.  The spoon helps people who suffer from cerebral palsy, or other conditions resulting in shaky hands, by preventing soup or other liquids from splashing as they would with an ordinary spoon. The CHANGE team would like to extend our congratulations to Grant for receiving the award.

2018 in CHANGE

While YOYP 2018 presents an opportunity to celebrate young people on a national level, the CHANGE team are optimistic about what could be achieved locally in Glasgow East. We are starting the year by continuing with our community engagement work with the local communities in the project area. This will include working with local school children and families as we continue to consider what communities want and need from childcare in the area. We have also established and maintained relationships with many childcare providers and family services in the area and we hope to build on this in 2018.

Partnership working has been a key factor in the first year of CHANGE and we start this year with the continued support of the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Glasgow City Council and the Thriving Places team for Parkhead, Dalmarnock and Camlachie. We continue to explore possible partnerships with local and national organisations who could contribute to our aim of providing accessible childcare that meets the needs of the community.

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, at aomalley@childreninscotland.org.uk or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, at ahay@childreninscotland.org.uk. 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.