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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 28th September 2018


Family Voices, Glasgow East

We have now completed all of the recording work for our Family Voices project. Work on producing the finished resource is well underway, and we recently trialled it at the Glasgow Doors Open Day event held at the Glasgow Centre for Population Health and received some very positive feedback.

Our Family Voices project will be available to listen to at community events and will be featured at our upcoming Knowledge Exchange event on Monday 8th October. We can also provide copies of the resource to any organisation working with children and families. If you are interested in hearing the project or having it displayed in your organisation please contact our Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley, whose details are included at the bottom of the page.

CHANGE Knowledge Exchange update

We are close to finalising the programme for our Knowledge Exchange event being held on Monday 8th October at Tollcross Leisure Centre, in the heart of our project area. On the day we will have input from the CHANGE team along with some of our key partners and CHANGE Hub members. There will be numerous opportunities for attendees to contribute throughout the day and we hope that this will allow us to shape the work of the project over the next 12 months.

Places at the event, which is free to attend, can be booked by contacting the Children in Scotland Events team on 0131 313 8828 or online here.

Childcare information

Families have told us that it is hard to access accurate information about childcare that is easy to understand. This can present a problem for families when they need to find a place in a nursery or out of school care for a child. We have heard that this can be particularly difficult for new parents or families who have no previous experience of using childcare. As a result of this learning, the CHANGE team is exploring how we can support families in our project area to have better access to information on childcare and wider support services.

Currently, the Glasgow Family Information Service (GFIS) holds details of childcare providers operating within the Glasgow City Council boundary. This includes childminders, nurseries, out of school care settings and other registered childcare services. All of the information held can be downloaded and a postcode-based search engine is available. You can check out GFIS here

Children and families' sector news

ACE Aware Nation

Tigers Ltd and Connected Baby hosted the ACE Aware Nation conference on Wednesday 26th September. The event, which was attended by around 2,000 delegates, saw a range of speakers discuss their vision for making Scotland the world’s first country to be fully aware of the causes and impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). CHANGE was represented at the event and our learning from the event will be taken forward as part of our expansion plans for the next 12 months. You can see highlights of the day by searching for #ACEAwareNation on Twitter

Out of school care survey

CHANGE recently launched a survey to assess the level of demand for out of school care in the Parkhead area of Glasgow. We have shared this with the parent council of St. Michael’s Primary and we will hold a drop-in information session for families who have children attending Quarry Brae Primary on Tuesday 9th October at 9am in the school hall. The survey, which closes on Friday 12th October, can be accessed 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, or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, 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.