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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 20 September 2019

CHANGE news

CHANGE Project Board

This week saw the CHANGE Project Board have its final meeting of year three. The Board is made up of representatives from the CHANGE team, the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH), NHS Health Improvement, Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Out of School Care Network (SOSCN) and our funder, the National Lottery Community Fund. This week’s meeting saw us reviewing some of the key learning from CHANGE along with progress made against our key objectives.

All members have provided a wealth of advice, guidance and support to the CHANGE team since October 2016. CHANGE has benefitted greatly from the input of GCPH, which led the evaluation of the project, and from SOSCN which has provided specialist advice in relation to our work involving out of school care (OSC). We would like to place on record our thanks to all those who have been a part of the group during this time.

Coming up in CHANGE

As well as the CHANGE Knowledge Exchange event (details below), we are preparing for a busy end to 2019. Next week sees a meeting of the CHANGE Hub taking place on Monday and the team will be represented at GCPH’s Healthier Futures Forum event on Tuesday. This event is sold out, although you can follow the day on Twitter using the hashtag #GHFF24. You can also find all the CHANGE Hub activity on Twitter using #CHANGEHub.

Looking further ahead, there will be some geographical changes for the project as our Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley, will be relocating from the GCPH office to a new base at Parkhead Housing Association’s (PHA) Schoolhouse in the first week of October. Anthony has been made very welcome at GCPH and we are grateful for the office space that has been provided for the last two years. As our Policy & Participation Officer, Alison Hay is already based at the Schoolhouse, this means that the CHANGE team will be sharing the same office space and we are thankful for PHA’s willingness to support the project and our staff in year four.

Throughout the rest of 2019, we will be working on each of our four key objectives: OSC, Childminding, childcare and family support for children aged 0-2 and developing community food projects. Our project staff will, as always, be very active across our project area and beyond as we continue to contribute to local and national strategic developments within the children and families’ sector.

Children and families' sector news

Audit Scotland – ELC Expansion update

Audit Scotland has released details of the second of three audits being carried out relating to the ongoing expansion of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC). The audit will provide updates on the progress of the expansion programme and, crucially, this will include capacity in private and third sector ELC services. CHANGE has engaged with many ELC providers since the project got underway and we will shortly be sharing some of the evidence we have gathered as part of a series of learning summaries relating to our findings.

You can read more on the work being carried out by Audit Scotland here.

Events

CHANGE Knowledge Exchange

The third CHANGE Knowledge Exchange will take place on Tuesday 29 October. Over the course of the day we will hear from a range of speakers, many of whom will carry out interactive presentations where participation will be encouraged. The key learning aims for the day are:

  • Sharing the story of the CHANGE project
  • Hearing from other organisations, with opportunities to network and share examples of good practice
  • Exploring how the learning from CHANGE can be applied in a local, regional or national context
  • Discussions and exercises that will support the development of a call to action on what can be done to support children and families.

We’re expecting contributions from a range of organisations including Children in Scotland, Members of the CHANGE Hub, the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative, Playbusters, Parkhead Youth Project, the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, the team developing A Local Information Service for Scotland and Nigel Denby, Nutritionist.

Places at the event can be booked on the Children in Scotland website 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, aomalley@chidlreninscotland.org.uk or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, ahay@childreninscotland.org.uk. 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.