CHANGE Bulletin 1st December 2017

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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 1st December 2017

Community engagement

November was a busy month for the CHANGE team that saw us continue to develop our working relationships with a variety of groups in Glasgow East.  We are especially grateful to the Thriving Places team in Parkhead, Dalmarnock and Camlachie for their support, particularly for hosting our new Policy and Participation Officer, Alison at their Barrowfield base. Alison has had introductory meetings with several service providers and other organisations working in the area over the last two weeks, which have helped build on the community engagement work from year one of the project.

CHANGE has also carried out a two part consultation with schoolchildren from the project area. This was supported by the Policy, Projects and Participation team from Children in Scotland which has recently published its principles and guidelines for engaging with children and young people.  These provided a practice framework for the engagement sessions and can be viewed online here. (Link to go in when publishing to WordPress) The learning from this session (another is due to be held in early 2018) will help inform the work of the project team as we look at how we can support childcare provision in Glasgow East.

Networking and upcoming events

CHANGE was represented at two events on the last day of the month. Members of the team were in attendance at the opening ceremony of Glasgow City Council’s Silverdale nursery and a North East Glasgow networking event held by Everyone’s Children at the Calton Heritage and Learning Centre. Both events provided excellent opportunities to meet some individuals and organisations working in Glasgow East.  We would like to thank Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector for allowing us to be a part of their events.

We are delighted to have been invited to give presentations on the work of CHANGE at two events in the first week of December. First is the Early Learning and Childcare subgroup hosted by Everyone’s Children on Monday 4th December where we will give an overview of CHANGE and our ongoing work. This will be followed by the Working Together for Parents Network meeting where we have been invited by the Scottish Commission for Learning Disabilities to talk about what we have learned from the first year of the project. Both events provide valuable opportunities to share our learning and open up new dialogues with a range of individuals and organisations.