CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 22nd February 2019
The CHANGE team has had a busy couple of weeks, with significant time spent out of the office for external meetings and visits to services. The range of partners we are working with continues to grow and diversify on an almost weekly basis. Each of these partners is important in helping us understand what is needed in Glasgow East and how this can best be delivered.
In the last two weeks we have had a particular focus on developing a low-cost food template that could be used by childcare services, especially out of school cares. We had a productive meeting with the Shettleston Growers project, and we are delighted to have an opportunity to work with them on this, alongside our CHANGE Hub member TICTACS out of school care.
Other key aspects that we have progressed since our last bulletin include expanding out of school care provision, increasing the number of childminders in our project area and highlighting the costs faced by families who use childcare.
Our work on out of school care has taken a significant step forward with the appointment of Connect 2 OSC as the preferred provider of the Riverbank Primary Parent Council. We have discussed our role in facilitating this process in previous bulletins and we will continue to support Connect 2 with the relocation of one of their existing services to the new school building. The service aims to be operational in time for the school opening in August 2019.
We continue to work with some key delivery partners on expanding the number of childminding services available in our project area. This has led to the creation of two distinct work streams and we will provide a more detailed overview of our progress and plans in this area in the coming weeks.
Our work to highlight the impact of childcare costs on families continues to gather pace. This week we were represented at an event looking at the impact of Universal Credit on families’ ability to pay childcare fees, which was hosted by the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland. This provided an excellent opportunity to feed in our findings from our engagement with families and childcare providers.
CHANGE in Parliament
CHANGE was mentioned during a committee debate in Westminster this week. David Linden, MP for Glasgow East, was taking part in a debate on the cost and benefits of free childcare and highlighted particular issues concerning availability of childminding and out of school care. The CHANGE team has shared our learning with all elected members from our project area and it was great to see information given to us by families and providers being highlighted in a national policy context. You can see a short video clip of David Linden’s speech via his Twitter feed here.
Children and families' sector news
NTSG Project survey launched
The National Third Sector GIRFEC Project has launched a survey. The survey is aimed helping the project with ‘developing its current understanding of the third sector’s progress in children’s services planning as the strategic approach to improving children’s outcomes.’
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.