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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 25th January 2019

CHANGE news

Project Team update

This past week has been community-focused for the CHANGE team. We have enjoyed meeting up with some of our key partners from the health improvement sector as well as attending an event hosted by them. This event was an opportunity to hear about some of the work being done with parents and carers in peer support groups in our project area. As always, we were keen to develop and enhance our links with the local community and we came away from this week’s event with some new contacts who we hope can contribute to our ongoing work.

As highlighted in our bulletins towards the end of 2018, we are continuing to support the Parent Council of Riverbank Primary, which will open in the Dalmarnock area in August this year. We have been supporting the Parent Council with the process of identifying out of school care provision for the school. As part of this we are facilitating communications between the parents, school staff and potential childcare providers. When this process is complete, we hope we can continue to be engaged with any provider based within the school to support the development of a new or relocated service. Responding to the needs of families in our project area is a key factor for CHANGE and we are grateful for the support we have received in this element of the project from all involved.

CHANGE website

We recently updated our website with some new information for families looking for childcare, a summary of the work of CHANGE to date and audio files from our Family Voices, Glasgow East resource. We highlighted the new information for families via our social media outputs this week and we are encouraged by the response, with more than 1,000 Facebook views of our links. You can access the new page here.

Over the coming weeks we will highlight other parts of the site. We hope that in doing so we can increase the profile of CHANGE and promote some of the learning from our work so far.

Children and families' sector news

Children in Scotland 25 Calls campaign

The CHANGE team was recently involved in Children in Scotland’s 25 Calls campaign. Our call was “Prioritise integration, support for families and participation to give children the best start”. This focused on ensuring children and families received the best possible support in the early years of 0-8.

Jane Malcolm, a doctoral student at the University of Edinburgh, has written a response to this call. Jane has called for the principle of love to be embedded in policy making across the children and families’ sector. You can read the response in full 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.