CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 2nd February 2018
The End Child Poverty coalition recently published new figures relating to the number of children living in poverty in each area of the United Kingdom. The CHANGE project area featured prominently on the list of most deprived communities.
In the Shettleston political ward it is estimated that 19.6% of children are living in poverty before housing costs are considered. When these costs are factored in this figure increases to just over 30%. In Calton, the proportion of children living in poverty is even higher, with estimates currently sitting at 31% without housing costs and 46.66% when these costs are included. From these figures, it is clear that families in our project area have a need for affordable childcare, which we hope will be one of the key outcomes from our work in CHANGE. You can find more information on the work of End Child Poverty here.
25 years of Children in Scotland
Our parent organisation, Children in Scotland, will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. Chief Executive, Jackie Brock, recently wrote a piece for Holyrood magazine talking about the changes that have taken place for children during that time and also our vision for what the next 25 years should bring. You can read the article here.
We were delighted to hear that our friends at Dalmarnock Primary received a letter from Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education in the Scottish Government, John Swinney MSP, for their work on increasing attainment using Pupil Equity Funding. We extend our congratulations to Nancy Clunie and her excellent staff team. We are fortunate to have such inspiring partners in our project area.
Participation and engagement
Last week saw the CHANGE team carrying out participation and engagement activities with school children in Glasgow East. We were supported in this by Jane Miller from Children in Scotland’s Policy, Projects and Participation team. The feedback from children taking part was excellent and we extend our thanks to Jane for her work on planning and delivery of these sessions.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, email@example.com. 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.