CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 17th August
CHANGE news - Summer update
The CHANGE team has had an eventful summer and we hope that all our friends and colleagues in Glasgow East have had an enjoyable time. There was a lot going on across our project area over the summer, with excellent play opportunities being provided by a range of third sector organisations.
In this week’s bulletin we will provide an update on our progress against some of our key tasks and objectives.
Family Voices, Glasgow East
Our Family Voices, Glasgow East project is underway, and we have been out to speak to a range of parents, carers and grandparents about childcare and services for families in the area. At the time of writing, we have visited nurseries, out of school care and play services to record short soundbites for the project. We will start to share snippets of some of this work soon and we will be attending local community events to share some of what we’ve learned once the project has been completed. Below, we have also included one of our favourite quotes that we heard during recordings so far.
However, if you are involved with a service working with children and families in the area there is still time to be involved. If you would like to host us or suggest some participants, then please get in touch with our Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley on 07414 610 096 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The most recent meeting of the CHANGE Hub took place at Glasgow City Chambers shortly before the summer holidays. Key items on the agenda included a discussion on the Hub’s aim, a recap of our work with the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative and an update on the progress of our tests of change that have arisen from this.
As we approach the end of the second year of CHANGE, the Hub will continue to support our aspirations around the development of services for children and families in Glasgow East. Our current tests of change, which were progressed over the summer, are focused on the provision of nutritious food and the impact that access to mental health support has on families’ uptake of childcare or play services. We will continue to provide updates on the work of the Hub via our bulletin but if you would like to discuss anything you have read about it in more detail, please contact our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, email@example.com.
CHANGE Knowledge Exchange – Save the date
We will be holding our second Knowledge Exchange event on Monday 8th October, at a venue in our project area that we will confirm shortly. 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 will also hear from other services and individuals who are contributing to the work of CHANGE and other services in the project area. Part of the day will also be spent outdoors to allow us to discuss the possibilities that green space offers for the development of childcare and play services.
To stay up to date with event 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.
You can see more details about the event and make an online booking here.
Children and families' sector news
ELC expansion news
With less than two years to go until the full rollout of the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) expansion, the evaluation of the first set of trials has now been published. The themes explored by the evaluation were capacity, uptake, quality, child and parental outcomes, flexibility and scalability. Learning is available from 14 local authorities, including Glasgow and the full report can be accessed here.
In addition to the trials evaluation, the Scottish Government has also published the results of a survey looking at parental views of ELC. This report can be found here.
Summer activity survey
The Everyone’s Children project run by the Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS) is looking for participants for a survey that will look at the impact of summer activities run by third sector organisations. The survey is open to everyone and 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, 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.