CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 18th May
Preparations for the next meeting of the CHANGE Hub are continuing and we are now beginning to create a template for some tests of change. This work is being supported by Susan Hannah and Lee Urquhart of the Scottish Government’s Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative. Membership of the Hub continues to grow and we are working with an experienced group of professionals from a wide range of backgrounds including childcare, community development, education and the third and public sectors to develop services for families in Glasgow East.
We are in the early stages of developing a strand of community engagement work that we are calling Childcare Voices. We will be looking to capture short audio clips of people talking about their experience of using childcare in Glasgow East. We hope to carry out most of the recordings over the summer holiday period. If you are involved with a service working with children and families in the area and would like to be involved, or if you would like to suggest some participants, then please get in touch with our Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley on 07414 610 096 or by emailing email@example.com
Deposit guarantee scheme
The Scottish Government announced the launch of a new pilot project this week that will introduce a deposit guarantee scheme for registered early years providers in Edinburgh, Dumfries and Galloway and Glasgow. The pilot will be overseen by Early Years Scotland and is aimed at removing one of the key barriers to affordable childcare. CHANGE has heard from families in Glasgow East that upfront costs such as deposits or registration fees can make childcare unaffordable, especially for parents who are returning to employment or who are entering further or higher education. More details of the scheme can be found here.
Glasgow Children’s Summer Food Programme 2018
Glasgow-based third sector organisations can now apply for grants of between £500 and £2,500 from the Glasgow Children’s Summer Food Programme. The fund, which is being administered by the Voluntary Action Fund, has been created by Glasgow City Council and aims to address the issue of holiday hunger for around 15,000 children. Information on eligibility and how to apply can be found here.
Outdoor play – good practice session
In our recent bulletins we’ve highlighted the outdoor play sessions that CHANGE has run for families in Glasgow East. Our friends at the Everyone’s Children project are now hosting a free event to highlight examples of good practice for outdoor play in childcare settings. The event is being held in Glasgow on 5th June and will have presentations from Henry Mathias of the Care Inspectorate, Rachel Cowper from Inspiring Scotland, the Jeely Piece Club and 3D Drumchapel. Booking information can be found on the Eventbrite page for the event 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.