CHANGE Bulletin 26th January

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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 26th January 2018

January in CHANGE

January was a very busy month for the CHANGE team. We have continued to work closely with our core partners from Glasgow City Council, the Glasgow Centre for Population Health and the Thriving Places team for Parkhead, Dalmarnock and Camlachie. We remain grateful for the support they have given us over the course of the project.

We have also developed our relationship with some other organisations. Alison and Anthony have been working closely with Children’s Neighbourhood Scotland in recent weeks to discuss how each project can support the other’s objectives. CHANGE continues to enjoy a positive relationship with schools in the project area and we have enjoyed working with local primary school children to gather their views on childcare in Glasgow East. It has been especially pleasing for us to receive a warm welcome from the childcare providers in the area. In the month of January we met with several services to discuss what support might be needed for them to develop their provision.

February in CHANGE

We expect to continue to develop our relationships with current and new partners in February. We are particularly excited about the launch of Children’s Neighbourhood Scotland (CNS) on 9th February. Members of the CHANGE team will be in attendance at the event and we will be providing updates via Twitter on the day. You can find more information about CNS here

During 2017, the CHANGE team gathered a range of views from families in the project area about what they need from childcare services. In February, we will begin to test some of our ideas for developing childcare services in the area, based on what families have told us. You can read a summary of our learning from year one of the project here.

Our community engagement work will continue over the course of the month, with a particular focus on meeting groups who may experience additional barriers to accessing childcare. Information gathered during these sessions will also help inform our ideas for developing services.

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.