CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 24th August 2018
CHANGE Team update
This week, the CHANGE team has been working on several key elements relating to our project objectives. We have continued with our community engagement work, with a particular focus on refining the content of our Family Voices, Glasgow Eats project. We have been active within the local community and enjoyed a meeting with David Linden MP, who represents the Glasgow East constituency, to discuss childcare issues that have been raised by families attending surgeries. Over the coming weeks we have meetings arranged to catch up with local childcare providers and other services to provide updates on the work CHANGE is currently undertaking.
Looking further afield, CHANGE has recently met with a number of regional and national organisations. During these meetings, we have discussed potential collaboration and sharing of current progress and evidence from our respective organisations within the children and families sector. We have particularly enjoyed our meetings with Flexible Childcare Services Scotland, Everyone’s Children, Early Years Scotland and Glasgow City Council’s Early Years team.
The next few months are very busy for the CHANGE team with residential seminars related to improvement methodology and study visits to Finland taking place. These will be happening alongside our ongoing work plans for the development of services and we will also be present at a number of local events to share our Family Voices project. We will share full details of any event that we will be attending closer to the time.
CHANGE Knowledge Exchange – Save the date
We will be holding our second Knowledge Exchange event on Monday 8th October, at a venue in our project area that we will confirm shortly. This free event will be an opportunity to hear about the work CHANGE has been doing in the last year, along with our plans for the next 12 months.
We will also hear from other services and individuals who are contributing to the work of CHANGE and other services in the project area. Part of the day will also be spent outdoors to allow us to discuss the possibilities that green space offers for the development of childcare and play services.
To stay up to date with event booking information, please take the time to complete this short GDPR survey to ensure we can send an invite directly to you. The survey can be found here.
Alternatively, you can make a booking directly via the Children in Scotland website here.
Children and families' sector news
Flexible Childcare Services Scotland
Flexibility is a key issue for families accessing childcare in the CHANGE project area. In Dundee, Flexible Childcare Services Scotland (FCSS) is operated by One Parent families Scotland. FCSS recently published a social impact report for 2017/18, which states: ‘Since 2014 FCSS has offered a model of daycare which is flexible, affordable and high quality, and which helps parents fulfil the commitments and work patterns expected by many employers and training providers.’ The report, which you can read here, goes on to say that the childcare provided by FCSS in 2017/18 has produced a saving of £253,437 to the public purse.
With lack of flexibility being discussed by families as a particular barrier to childcare in Glasgow East, the CHANGE team is keen to establish if there is any learning from the work of FCSS that we can use to develop services in our project area. You can read more about the model being used by FCSS on their website here.
With Kids – 10 year anniversary event
With Kids, a charity offering a range of therapeutic services to families, is hosting a conference on children and childhood to celebrate its 10th anniversary. With Kids’ Glasgow-based service borders the CHANGE project area and our community engagement work has benefitted greatly from their input.
The event, A Weans World, takes place on Friday 7th September in Glasgow and will provide an opportunity for With Kids to share what they have learned from children and families over the past decade.
Further details, including pricing and booking information, are included on the poster shown below.
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.