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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 14th September 2018


CHANGE Team update

An incredibly busy week for the CHANGE team has seen us attend meetings with a huge range of individuals and organisations. We’ve met with families, childcare providers, local authority staff, government officials and other public sector employees as we attempt to drive forward our plans for year three of the project.

We especially enjoyed the opportunity to meet with families during the Glasgow Doors Open Day Event that we discussed last week. Alison has also started to build relationships with some individual members of the local community who have expressed an interest in supporting CHANGE as Family Champions. We are keen to have input from members of the community at all stages of the project and we will continue to incorporate the views of those living and working in our project area as we look to deliver on our project objectives.

Anthony and Alison attended the Healthier Futures Forum event run by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) on Tuesday. The event was co-designed by a group of young people and GCPH with the event focused on how all organisations can work towards creating a healthier and fairer future for young people. The CHANGE team was able to attend some interesting workshops, with a favourite being a discussion on a co-production toolkit developed by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (Iriss). We managed to get a copy of the toolkit and we will share this with our colleagues from the Policy, Projects and Participation team at Children in Scotland.

One of the key findings from our community engagement work has been that families struggle to find accurate and accessible information when they are trying to access childcare. We have heard that it can be complicated to understand how to apply for a place and this is exacerbated by the complexity of applying for support with childcare costs. Anthony was fortunate to attend training run by One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) this week, which was related to the rollout of Universal Credit. The learning from this will be used to help us develop some resources to help families understand what childcare can cost and the help they can receive with this. OPFS has limited availability on future courses and remaining places can be booked here


CHANGE Knowledge Exchange – Monday 8th September, Tollcross, Glasgow

We will be holding our second Knowledge Exchange event on Monday 8th October, at Tollcross International Swimming and Leisure Centre in Glasgow. This free event will be an opportunity to hear about the work CHANGE has been doing in the last year, along with our plans for the next 12 months.

We are putting the finishing touches to the programme and we hope to provide a varied and informative day. The event could be of interest to anyone who works in the children and families’ sector locally or nationally. Although many of our speakers will be from services based in Glasgow East, what they have to say is likely to have implications much further afield.

To stay up to date with event booking information, please take the time to complete this short GDPR survey to ensure we can send an invite directly to you. The survey can be found here.

Alternatively, you can make a booking directly via the Children in Scotland website here.

Children and families' sector news

SCMA – Annual conference

CHANGE has been grateful for the support of the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) during our project. We currently have a very low number of childminders within our project area and we have been working with SCMA and other partners to address this. SCMA provides a range of support mechanisms to its members and they are hosting their annual conference on 29th September in Glasgow. More information and booking details can be found 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.