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CHANGE Bulletin 30 November 2020

CHANGE news

CHANGE Hub

The CHANGE Hub met online in November for a very productive meeting. Amy Woodhouse from Children in Scotland led an evaluation session. This gave members the opportunity to discuss the CHANGE Hub’s journey, considering the key learning points along the way. Partners also discussed the future of the CHANGE Hub and discussed plans for the CHANGE Hub to continue meeting after the CHANGE project finished in February 2021.

Glasgow North-East OSC Forum

CHANGE attended the Glasgow North-East Out of School Care (OSC) Forum in November. At the meeting our team heard from local OSC providers as they shared updates about their services. In the wake of reduced numbers of children attending OSC services due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CHANGE team is reviewing plans to establish a new OSC service in Parkhead, where a gap had been identified. Instead, the CHANGE team has offered existing OSC services support in the remaining time of the project to help ensure that the current OSC provision is sustained.

To discuss this further please contact Robert on 07414 610096 or at rdoyle@childreninscotland.org.uk.

CHANGE final report

The CHANGE team are currently working on our final report ahead of the project finishing in February 2021. The final report will include an animation sharing what we have heard from the local people about childcare. The animation will be set in the East End of Glasgow and we are delighted to say that it will include the voices of local children and adults.  The animation has been created by Media Co-op we will also be producing six infographics to sit alongside this and our written report. These infographics will offer a resource that can be used to share the key recommendations from CHANGE after the project finishes.

Children and families' sector news

Scottish Out of School Care Network (SOSCN) reopening survey

This week SOSCN published the results of an online survey they conducted to find out more about the issues faced by Out of School Care (OSC) providers that have reopened during the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings highlighted a drop in numbers across the board and concerns about long-term sustainability of services. However, there were also positive highlights such as increased outdoor play and the resilience displayed by children attending services.

You can read the full survey results here.

Dalmarnock Community Hub

Following a period of community consultation, Glasgow City Council are exploring options for the future of the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub. They are inviting expressions of interest from organisations that are interested in managing or delivering services from the building.

All expressions of interest should be submitted to Jackie Sunderland at jackie.sunderland@glasgowlife.org.uk by Friday 11 December 2020.

Scottish Child Payment – Open for Applications

The Scottish Child Payment, which offers eligible families £40 every four weeks for each child under six, will be introduced on 21 February 2021, but is open for applications now. Families can apply online here or call 0800 182 2222 to apply via telephone Monday to Friday 8am-6pm.

More information and details of how to apply via post can be found here.

Contribute to CHANGE

The CHANGE team are based in Glasgow East and currently working from home whilst COVID-19 restrictions remain in place. 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.