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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 26th April 2019

CHANGE news

CHANGE funding extended

We are delighted to announce that our funder, The National Lottery Community Fund, has approved our application for uplift funding. The allocation of these funds, which were included as part of our original application, will allow CHANGE to continue with our work until October 2020. This uplift will enable the project staff to keep working alongside families, childcare providers and other community organisations to support lasting change.

CHANGE progress update

The CHANGE team has enjoyed a busy month, even though our bulletin took a short break. We have continued our work to expand Childminding across our project area. We completed some awareness-raising work for the Clyde Gateway Childminding project along with the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) and others. This included a survey, available online and in hard copy, with more than 250 responses received to date. Survey participants were also asked if they would consider becoming a Childminder and those who responded positively will be invited to explore this further with SCMA.

Significant progress has been made this month in relation to our work to make it easier for families to access information on support that is available to them locally. Regular readers of this bulletin will be aware that we have been working closely with partners, including colleagues from the North East Glasgow Health Visiting team, A Local Information System for Scotland (ALISS) and the Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership, to explore how information can be more easily accessed by families.

This has culminated in a directory of services who support health and wellbeing in North East Glasgow being transferred over to the ALISS system. In addition to this an event hosted by ALISS, with presentations by other partners, was held this week in Parkhead Schoolhouse. Organisations were invited to attend the event if they offered a service that had been included on the North East directory. They were then given practical help and support to show them how to upload and maintain details about their service to ALISS. This will help to ensure that the information available to families or organisations supporting them is accurate and up to date.

The next step for this work will be some short workshops that will show professionals working with families how they can use ALISS to find specific support for the families they are working with. The partners involved would like to thank those organisations who were represented at this week’s first session.

If you would like more information on ALISS, or have any other questions about this system, then you can email the team at hello@aliss.org

CHANGE is also continuing our work to expand the level of out of school care (OSC) places in the Parkhead area. In the next week we are meeting with a range of local stakeholders, including primary school staff and community organisations, to gather their views on our proposals. Meanwhile, over the course of this month, we have visited several established OSC providers operating in our project area and in neighbouring communities. This allowed us to further develop our already well-established evidence base of what will be needed in order to ensure maximum success for this strand of our project work. Our meetings next week will allow us to put the final touches to an in-depth proposal of what may be possible in relation to OSC in Parkhead.

Children and families' sector news

Out of school care update from Scottish Government

The Scottish Government’s policy team for out of school care (OSC) has published their latest newsletter, which you can read on the Scottish Out of School Care Network (SOSCN) website here.  The team has been working with SOSCN to deliver a number of engagement sessions with OSC providers across Scotland. This work is supported by the OSC Reference Group, which Children in Scotland is part of, and three sub-groups looking at specific challenges faced by the OSC sector identified during earlier work. CHANGE presented to one of the sub-groups recently, which was focused on accessibility and affordability of OSC. These issues have been at the forefront of our engagement with families during the course of the project. We are delighted that our Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley, will be part of the sub-groups going forward and we hope that this work being done at a national level will support our ambitions around OSC in Parkhead.

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.