CHANGE Bulletin 2nd March

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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 2nd March 2018

Outdoor Play

CHANGE was in attendance at the Glasgow Centre for Population Health’s (GCPH) seminar entitled ’21st century children – the state of play’ at 200 St. Vincent Street in Glasgow. The seminar was delivered by the Chair of Upstart, Sue Palmer. Sue delivered a thought-provoking presentation about the benefits of play, particularly in the outdoors. This has been used as the evidence base for the promotion of Upstart’s campaign for the introduction of a kindergarten stage in Scottish schools, which would be similar to those in place in Nordic countries.

We were also extremely grateful to be invited to a follow-up workshop the next morning at the GCPH office. A range of organisations were represented including GCPH, Inspiring Scotland and NHS Health Improvement and were joined by other childcare professionals from across the sector. This allowed us to discuss the benefits of outdoor play with Sue and other groups and individuals working to develop services for children and families in Glasgow East. There was widespread agreement in the room that the childcare sector is moving in the right direction with regards to increasing the amount of outdoor play opportunities available to children. However, CHANGE is aware that we may need to do more to promote these benefits to families and to those outside of the children and families’ sector. We will provide some more details on how we hope to achieve this over the next few weeks.

World Book Day

Thursday 1st March was the 21st World Book Day. Throughout the day, the CHANGE team shared some of our favourite books on our Twitter account. You can read these below:

Alison: My favourite book as a child was The Borrowers by Mary Norton. It was first published in 1952 and features a family of tiny people who live in secret under the floorboards and in the walls of a house and ‘borrow’ from the big people who own the house. I remember my mum reading it to me and finding it so exciting as they faced all their challenges. I always wanted another chapter!

Anthony: My favourite book as a child was Soccer at Sandford by Rob Childs. It tells the story of Sandford Primary School’s football team as they compete with rivals Tanby. As an 11-year old member of my own school football team I wished we could experience the same success as the Sandford team. Unfortunately, we weren’t really that good but the book helped me keep believing that we could be. I recently bought a copy of the book to read with my son and he loves it as much as I did.

Sally: My favourite book as a child was Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery. I loved Anne’s strong character and her imagination. It was first published in 1908 and it helped me to understand what being a child then might have been like. I’ve just re-read it with my daughter, which was a complete joy!

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.