CHANGE Bulletin 28th September 2017

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Knowledge Exchange Recap

CHANGE held our first knowledge exchange event this past Tuesday in Tollcross, Glasgow East.  Delegates representing a wide range of organisations were able to hear from speakers working across the children and family sector.

The day kicked off with an overview of the core aims of CHANGE from Children in Scotland’s Chief Executive, Jackie Brock. This was followed by an analysis of interim findings from the first year of community engagement work delivered by Sally Cavers, project manager for CHANGE. Further support was provided by Fiona Crawford, Bruce Whyte and Val McNiece of Glasgow Centre for Population Health, who shared some of the results of the baseline data research being carried out in the project area.

While the aim of the session was to share our learning from the first year of the project, it was also good to hear from some other bodies working at both local and national level to improve outcomes for families. Presentations were given by Dalmarnock Primary Headteacher, Nancy Clunie and Lizzie Leman on the Scotland’s Children’s Neighbourhoods project, followed by Heather Douglas, head of early years at Glasgow City Council, who discussed the implications for families of Early Learning and Childcare expansion in 2020.

A very well received lunch led us in to a passionate and thought-provoking good practice discourse on family engagement from Nikki Black, head of Parkhead Community Nursery. Marion Davis of One Parent Families Scotland continued on this theme, sharing examples of encouraging parental participation. An engaging day was rounded off with a talk on the use of outdoor space in childcare provision by Mairi Ferris from Inspiring Scotland.

CHANGE would like to express our gratitude to all delegates and contributors for their input and support of the event.

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