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CHANGE Bulletin 18 September 2020

CHANGE news

CHANGE Podcast

The CHANGE team has recorded a podcast which is now available on Children in Scotland’s YouTube channel. During the podcast Alison, Sally and Robert give an insight into the project’s origins, approach, current work and learning.

To listen to the podcast click here.

CHANGE Hub

The CHANGE Hub has met twice on Microsoft Teams this month. Members have been considering the future of the hub and what shape it may take after the CHANGE project finishes. Using Mentimeter, members have contributed their visions and voted on options for next steps.

Family support emergency childcare services

On Thursday 27 August CHANGE participated in an online consultation for the new Health and Social Care Hub which is planned for construction in Parkhead. The team contributed the views of CHANGE Hub members and shared findings from our scoping paper which was informed by engagement with local families. The scoping paper outlines how local families would like to see an emergency childcare service in the area, which would be of benefit when attending appointments and during times of crisis.

If you are a local partner and have any ideas that may help us to establish a test service, please get in touch with Alison Hay on 07472 066448 or at ahay@childreninscotland.org.uk.

New Family Champion

The CHANGE project is delighted to welcome Jackie Ewing to the team as a new Family Champion. Jackie brings an incredible wealth of knowledge to the project as she has lived and worked in Glasgow East and has vast experience making a difference to local families.

Play services data gathering

The CHANGE team are currently gathering data from play and youth services in the area. As the project draws to a close we want to make sure that we promote local play and youth services and accurately reflect the impact they have. Families have consistently told us how important a role these organisations play in children and young people’s lives. This has been evident throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen a rapid response from services that have adapted to meet emerging local needs.

Local services

Congratulations to the projects in the CHANGE area who have secured funding through the Glasgow City Council Communities Fund, the Glasgow City Council Transition Fund and the Access to Childcare Fund.

There is also a Transitional Support Fund for Childcare providers which is open, the last date to submit an application is Friday 9 October. For more information and to apply click here.

Children and families' sector news

Changes to physical distancing for children

With guidance on physical distancing changing it can be difficult for parents and carers to keep up with the latest guidelines. To help with this Parent Club has summarised the latest information for parents and carers here.

Parkhead Pantry

After lots of planning and preparation The Pantry at Parkhead Schoolhouse (135 Westmuir Street, G31 5EX) is now open. Memberships are £2.50, which entitles members to £15 worth of food. Opening times are Monday and Wednesday 11am-3pm and Thursday 10:30am-2:30pm.

You can contact The Pantry via email at thepantry@parkheadha.org.uk and follow on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Events

Collaboration and procurement workshop for Third Sector

P4P (Partnership for Procurement) and Everyone’s Children Project are running an online workshop on Thursday 24 September. The session will be a mix of input and group discussion aimed at strengthening opportunities for collaboration and building capacity in preparation for up and coming procurement opportunities. It will also provide an opportunity to network and discuss preparation for opportunities flowing from the Glasgow Family Support Strategy 2020 -2024.

If interested, please book your place 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, Robert Doyle, rdoyle@childreninscotland.org.uk or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, ahay@childreninscotland.org.uk. Both Robert and Alison are based in Glasgow East and are happy to chat to anyone who feels they have something to contribute to the project.