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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 30th August 2019

CHANGE news

This week in CHANGE

A busy week for the CHANGE team has found us working on both strategic and engagement tasks.

We are delighted to be supporting the work of the Citywide Forum for Children, Young People and Families. The forum works across Glasgow and provides opportunities for third sector services to influence strategic developments within the city. The Forum is coordinated by the Everyone’s Children project at the Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector and CHANGE staff have met regularly with the Everyone’s Children team to discuss project progress. CHANGE staff will be representing the third sector on some of Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership’s key strategic groups, including the Child Poverty group and the Children’s Services North East Locality Planning group. This week also saw us attend a development day that will help set the Forum’s objectives for the next year. We look forward to working closely with everyone involved in the Forum and the strategic groups during the fourth year of CHANGE. You can find out more about the work of Everyone’s Children and the Forum here

This week also saw us carry out some community engagement activities in the project area with recording being carried out for a second phase of Family Voices*. This time our focus was on parents who have children aged 0-2 and who are planning to access childcare soon or who have recently started using childcare. We will publish this version of Family Voices shortly, along with a summary of the learning that has been generated by the project in relation to accessing childcare for children aged 0-2 in the CHANGE area.

*Family Voices is an audio project that allows you to hear real parents, carers and grandparents discussing their experience of accessing childcare. The first phase of this work is available on the CHANGE website here

Moving forward

In last week’s bulletin we highlighted our objectives for the next 12 months in relation to out of school care (OSC) and Childminding. This week we discuss our other key work streams for 0-2s and the development of a low-cost food template. This work will take place in the fourth year of the project, which has been made possible by uplift funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.

Childcare and support for children aged 0-2

Evidence gathered from CHANGE’s extensive community engagement work, which is supported by research findings from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, indicates that parents of children aged 0-2 experience the most challenges when trying to access childcare. This can include less places being available and more expensive fees compared to children aged 3-5. However, our engagement with parents and childcare providers has identified a need for services for children aged 0-2 that provide registered childcare in a different format than the current nurseries or pre-5 settings that are available. In our fourth year, CHANGE will be exploring this issue in more detail and we hope to be able to identify a means of providing services that meet the needs of families with children aged 0-2.

Supporting sustainable food provision

A key objective of the CHANGE project has been to support the development of services already established in the project area. Since the summer of 2018 we have been working with CHANGE Hub member TICTACS OSC to support their work to develop community growing programmes in Shettleston and increase the healthy food options available to children. This work has been supported by other members of the Hub and Nutritionist, Nigel Denby. In the fourth year of CHANGE, we will be using the learning from this work to scale up what has been achieved so far and to test whether this can be adapted for another part of the CHANGE project area. This will be supported by work that CHANGE is currently leading that aims to develop a template for providing low-cost, high-quality food in childcare and other community-based settings.

Children and families' sector news

Children’s Neighbourhood Scotland Walkabouts

The Children’s Neighbourhood Scotland (CNS) project recently carried out some work with children living in the Bridgeton and Dalmarnock communities to explore the availability of safe places for children to play in the CNS project area. CHANGE has maintained close links with the CNS team and in the early stages of both projects some joint engagement activities with children were carried out. We remain in regular conversation with the CNS team to identify and share experiences or learning that can influence both projects. You can read more about the Walkabouts work in a blog on the CNS 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, 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.