CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 24th November 2017
A new member of the team
Alison Hay has now joined the CHANGE: Childcare and Nurture Glasgow East team as a policy and participation officer. Alison’s background is in Early Years and Childcare. In this week’s bulletin Alison talks about her career to date and her hopes for CHANGE.
“I qualified as a practitioner in 1988 and spent 18 years working in Glasgow with Glasgow City Council and third sector organisations, as a practitioner and trainer/assessor and internal verifier. I went on to work with other local authorities including West Dunbartonshire (Training Officer), North Lanarkshire (Early Learning Development Co-ordinator) and most recently Edinburgh City Council (Senior Early Years Officer).
When I first heard of the CHANGE project I thought it sounded like a really positive opportunity for the people of Carlton/Bridgeton, Parkhead/Dalmarnock and Tollcross/West Shettleston. One of the most important features of this project is that the staff listen to the opinions of local people and services on what is required from childcare in their area, and their contributions will help to shape its future.
I also believe that having the word “nurture” in the title is important as its definition ‘is to care for and protect someone or something as it grows’ and describes how I see the partnership between the local people, Glasgow City Council, CHANGE, Thriving Places and Glasgow Centre for Population Health as they continue to build on the assets within the community and contribute towards making long-lasting improvements to childcare within these areas. Any change can be difficult for people but if they feel they are being heard and having their views listened to, this becomes more empowering as they see change happening that they have helped to create.
I have developed community projects for more than six years in a previous post and am looking forward to being part of this project as I believe that this is an opportunity to bring about positive change which will be beneficial to both those living and working within the project area.”