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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 21st June 2019

CHANGE news

Mid-year roundup

This is the final edition of the CHANGE Bulletin before it takes a short break over the summer holiday period. 2019 has been a busy year so far for the project and this week we would like to look back on some of the key developments and achievements from the last six months.

Childminding

The team started the year with a focus on increasing the level of Childminding in our project area. We joined colleagues from the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA), Jobs & Business Glasgow and Clyde Gateway for a workshop that developed the strategy for delivering the Clyde Gateway Childminding project, which is funded by the Hunter Foundation. The project hopes to recruit twenty new Childminders who will deliver childcare provision from their own homes in the Clyde Gateway area.

The initial CHANGE contribution to this project was the implementation of an awareness raising strategy, which included a survey to gather parents and carers views on Childminding as a childcare option or career choice. Our project staff continue to offer support to our partners as the project moves towards delivering its key objective of increasing the level of Childminding provision available in the area. In addition, CHANGE and SCMA are also exploring the possibility of increasing the level of Childminding that is available in other communities within our project boundary.

Out of school care

In the early part of the year we continued our work to support out of school care (OSC) provision for a new school, Riverbank Primary, which will open in August 2019. CHANGE worked with the parent council, school staff, Glasgow City Council and local childcare providers to identify a suitable provider who will deliver a service from the school when it opens. The successful service, Connect 2, will relocate their existing service from the Bridgeton area. The new premises at Riverbank will allow them to increase the capacity of the service while still providing a pick-up service from other local schools.

CHANGE has offered ongoing support to all parties during this process and recently conducted engagement sessions with children who attend the existing service. This allowed us to gather their views on the move and to highlight what was important to them during the transition. We have been grateful for the positive feedback we have received around the CHANGE contribution to this process and we look forward to visiting the school and the new OSC service later in the year.

Throughout the rest of 2019, the project team will be working on how we can expand the level of OSC provision in the Parkhead area. Work is already well underway on how this can be achieved, and we expect to report more fully on this in September of this year.

CHANGE Hub

The CHANGE Hub has experienced a period of growth in 2019 and now has a membership comprising 32 individuals representing 23 separate organisations. The group meets quarterly to discuss their current work and to explore potential partnership working. Areas of progress for the Hub this year have included the development of a low-cost food template and improving families’ access to information on what services are available in North East Glasgow.

The work on developing a low-cost food template has involved Hub members St. Paul’s Primary School and TICTACS OSC. Both services were developing individual projects around how to improve access to low-cost nutritious food for families, which has led to a collaborative piece of work being established. This will involve other partners and will use a community growing model.

We have been very fortunate to have excellent partners in ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland) and the NHS Health Visiting team for North East Glasgow as we work to increase families’ access to information. CHANGE provided an evidence base, which included the challenges faced by families on accessing information about childcare or other support, for a directory that was being created by health visiting staff.

During this process, concerns were raised about how information could be kept up to date in a paper-based directory. Through a series of working groups, it was agreed that the information contained in the directory would be migrated to the ALISS website. Following this, workshops were held to show service providers how they could use ALISS to keep information about their service provision and activities up to date. The next phase of this work will see the working group identify other professionals who may want to use ALISS to find support for their service users or clients. Sessions will then be provided to show interested groups how they can use ALISS to find this information.

We hope that this short roundup has been useful, although it offers just a snapshot of some of the work that has been carried out by CHANGE. The project team will continue our efforts to develop childcare and other services for families in our project area until our project end date of October 2020. We are grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for the uplift funding that was awarded to the project in April, which will allow us to work towards delivering lasting change in our project area.

We would like to thank all our partners and CHANGE Hub members for their contributions to the project this year, especially the Glasgow Centre for Population Health and Parkhead Housing Association who host our project staff at their premises. While the CHANGE Bulletin takes a short break, the project team will continue our work over the summer months, and we will provide an update on our activities when the Bulletin returns in August.

Events

CHANGE Knowledge Exchange – Save the date

The third CHANGE Knowledge Exchange will take place on Tuesday 29th October. Planning for the event, which will be held at Parkhead Schoolhouse in the CHANGE project area, is now underway and a range of interesting and participative presentations and activities are already confirmed. This will include a lunchtime play session delivered jointly by Parkhead Youth Project and Playbusters. Booking for the event will open shortly and we will provide details of how you can secure a place.  

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.