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CHANGE Bulletin 30 July 2020

CHANGE news

Out of School Care (OSC) emergency response

The CHANGE team would like to highlight and extend thanks to OSC providers for their rapid response in providing emergency childcare in our communities in recent weeks. Many providers had to make preparations at short notice and have delivered a quality service during the normal Summer break period to children who had been accessing community hubs during lockdown. This is in addition to all the people who have worked throughout the school closure period to provide care to children and support families through community hubs.

CHANGE Hub

The CHANGE Hub met on Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 29 July and were joined by representatives from the National Lottery Community Fund and the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative. At this meeting members shared updates and the group discussed how the Hub may operate from January 2021, after the CHANGE project has finished. Using Mentimeter, members were asked to contribute thoughts on why they think the CHANGE Hub is important and describe what they would like to see happen with the Hub after the CHANGE project finishes.

Family support emergency childcare services

The CHANGE team has been working hard to secure the Hub’s ambition to test an emergency childcare service that offers local families much needed support to access appointments and respond to crises.

The need for a supportive service that can provide emergency childcare during stressful or difficult times is a recurring issue that has been highlighted by families and professionals during CHANGE’s engagement process. It is important because families in the project area need to attend emergency appointments, sometimes at short notice, and require a safe childcare option in order to do so. Parents and carers have reported the need to bring their children along with them to healthcare appointments, which can be inappropriate and restrict the support or care that can be given, ultimately delaying their own and their family’s progression.

If you are a local partner and have any ideas that may help us to establish this test, please get in touch with Alison Hay on 07472 066448 or at ahay@childreninscotland.org.uk.

ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland)

CHANGE is working alongside partners from the ALISS team and the wider community to help highlight this public information hub and search tool that allows communities to access information about local services in one place.

As a member of the CHANGE Hub the ALISS team has been involved in our efforts to improve local access to information, particularly around the availability of healthy affordable food. The CHANGE team are currently contacting local organisations to highlight ALISS and encourage partners to set up an account which allows them to publicise their services and update information as an when it changes.

More information about ALISS is available here.

Children and families' sector news

New Baby Pantry

Church House, the family support centre based in Bridgeton, has launched a new Baby Pantry service for parents under that age of 25. Membership costs a fortnightly payment of £5, which entitles members to £20 worth of nappies, wipes and baby milk every two weeks.

Families can register their interest here or by calling the Church House on 0141 554 8045.

Enquire

Enquire is a service that helps parents, carers and professionals understand additional support for learning and how to work together to make sure children get the support they need. With children due to return to school in two weeks after a long period of absence, it may help parents, carers and professionals to access advice and information about additional support for learning.

A wide variety of resources can be found on the Enquire website 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, Robert Doyle, rdoyle@childreninscotland.org.uk or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, ahay@childreninscotland.org.uk. Both Robert and Alison are based in Glasgow East and are happy to chat to anyone who feels they have something to contribute to the project.