CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 14th June 2019
Community food update
Regular readers of the CHANGE Bulletin will be aware that significant work has been carried out to identify where childcare and other services working with families need support. A key issue raised by several providers was the challenges they faced around providing healthy and nutritious food for children. Our Policy and Participation officer, Alison Hay, has worked extensively with some of the CHANGE Hub members to address this and highlights of this work are provided below.
In 2018, practitioners working at TICTACS out of school care (OSC) were trained as Nutrition Ambassadors by Consultant Dietician, Nigel Denby. During the summer holiday period, the practitioners provided activities for the children to increase their understanding of salt and sugar content in food. Children who attend TICTACS during school holidays bring packed lunches from home, with the service then providing hot and cold snacks in the morning and afternoon. While the nutrition activities were taking place, the service noticed an almost 100% reduction in the number of unhealthy foods that were being brought in. The staff team also ensured that the snacks provided by the service were healthy and of good quality.
CHANGE was able to use the learning from this project, along with a separate piece of work by St Paul’s Primary School and Nursery Class, to contribute towards the development of a low-cost, quality food template. When completed, this will provide information on a range of local and national food-based initiatives that could support the quality of food provision in services working with children and families. The overarching aim of this work is to reduce the amount that services, and the families who attend them, are spending on food.
As some of the children using TICTACS OSC also attend St Paul’s Primary, the services, supported by the CHANGE team, were keen to explore community growing and nutrition using a collaborative approach. St Paul’s identified a piece of land within the school grounds that could be used for this. Using the low-cost template, we have been able to identify ways to support them through this next phase. This week, the services started working with Greenheart Growers on preparing the land and planting vegetables. Feedback from the children who took part was very positive with each of them eager to participate again next week. This strand of our work will continue throughout the fourth year of the CHANGE project until October 2020. As is the case with all aspects of our work, we will provide regular progress updates in this bulletin and via our social media channels.
CHANGE Knowledge Exchange – Save the date
The third CHANGE Knowledge Exchange will take place on Tuesday 29th October. Planning for the event, which will be held at Parkhead Schoolhouse in the CHANGE project area, is now underway and a range of interesting and participative presentations and activities are already confirmed. This will include a lunchtime play session delivered jointly by Parkhead Youth Project and Playbusters. Booking for the event will open shortly and we will provide details of how you can secure a place.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, email@example.com. 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.