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CHANGE Bulletin 19 October 2020


Hello from Jackie, CHANGE Family Champion

Hello, my name is Jackie Ewing and I’m a Family Champion with the CHANGE project.

I have lived and worked in the east end of Glasgow for most of my life. I have had a long career of over 30 years in many different jobs in respite care, childminding, family support work and was also a co-ordinator for Geeza Break. This is where my passion for working in my own community started. Bringing up two sons as a lone parent, this let me work for home most of the time, so it was great.

12 years ago, I went on the STEPS course that changed my life and was lucky enough to become a facilitator for this very course. I have delivered the STEPS course to families in the east end and saw some amazing things, like people becoming more confident, learning new skills, and having a voice of their own to change their life for the better.

For the past 11 years I have delivered the STEPS to excellence course to people with addictions, mental health issues, lack of confidence and so much more. This role led to me being nominated and successful in winning the Evening Times Community Champions public service award 2014 and again being nominated by the community in 2019.  When I attended the Grand Finals the pride I felt was indescribable. I was nominated by my own community and this is why I can say to anyone you can do so much more in life if you believe you can. I would love to help my community to find their voice and achieve the changes that they would like to see happen.

I look forward to meeting you in the future,


Glasgow North-East OSC Forum

On 24 September CHANGE attended the Glasgow North-East Out of School Care (OSC) Forum. At the meeting our Policy & Participation Officer Alison engaged with services as they shared information about the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the sector. CHANGE is keen to learn from partners’ experiences and do everything it can to support these vital services in the time we have remaining in the project.

St Mungo’s DYW #CareerOfTheWeek

Last week the CHANGE project contributed to St Mungo’s Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) #CareerOfTheWeek campaign on Twitter. This encouraged people working in the Early Learning & Childcare (ELC) Sector to share why they chose a career in ELC and why they like it. We hope some prospective ELC practitioners found it helpful!

Media Co-op

As the CHANGE project approaches the end, the team are working with local production company Media Co-op to develop our final report. We are very excited to be working with Media Co-op and we are looking forward to sharing our project findings with you in the coming months.

ALLIANCE Annual Conference 2020

In September CHANGE took part in the ALLIANCE Annual Conference 2020. This had been postponed due to COVID-19 and took place online. CHANGE delivered an overview of the CHANGE Hub’s work with ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland).

Starcatchers nomination

Our CHANGE Hub partners from Starcatchers have been nominated for the Achates Philanthropy Prize, an annual award that celebrates first-time cultural giving in the UK. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Starcatchers have worked hard delivering 2000 creative play parcels to babies, young children & their families in communities across Scotland, including the CHANGE area. The awards ceremony takes place on the evening of 12 November and we wish Starcatchers the best of luck.


Children in Scotland Annual Conference 2020

The Children in Scotland Annual Conference 2020 will take place virtually for five days from 9 – 13 November. It will be a celebration of the Scottish children’s sector with lots of opportunities to share, learn and connect. Join us and participate in webinars, videos, discussions and more on themes such as: early years, education, health and wellbeing, rights, participation, tackling inequalities, and supporting your staff.

For more information and to book your place, click 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, or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, 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.