CHANGE Bulletin 30th March 2018

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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 30th March 2018

CHANGE Communications

One of CHANGE’s key communication outputs is to provide regular updates to a wide network of stakeholders at local and national level. The project team recently presented to a number of third sector organisations that work with children and families in Glasgow, at an event held by the Everyone’s Children project from the Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector. The project received positive feedback from those in attendance as we discussed our progress and next steps. We extend our thanks to Suzie Scott and her team for inviting us to speak to the group.

Our Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley, recently wrote a comment piece for the magazine of our parent organisation, Children in Scotland. Anthony discussed some of the challenges around the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare, while highlighting some of the steps CHANGE has taken to support services in Glasgow East. You can read the piece here and find out about subscribing to Children in Scotland magazine here.

Local news and events

We have spoken previously about some of the great play- and youth-based services for families that exist in Glasgow East. During the upcoming Easter school holidays, there are some great activities on offer in our project area.

The Possibilities for Each and Every Kid (PEEK) project has a full programme of events running during both weeks, all free of charge. Although some of their activities are now fully booked, they have a wide range, including street play, arts sessions and a football camp that can accommodate unlimited numbers. For more information please check out the PEEK Facebook page here or you can follow activity from their three core programmes via Twitter using the hashtags #PEEKPlay, #PEEKCreate, #PEEKThrive. Some activities require booking in advance and you can do this by calling the service directly on 0141 554 3068.

The FUSE Youth Café in Shettleston also has a full programme of activities running for its junior age group, which is for children in Primary 5 to Primary 7. Sessions run from 1pm-5pm every weekday during the holidays, with the exception of Monday 2nd April. A full list of activities is available on the service’s Instagram here.

The recently re-opened People’s Palace, situated within Glasgow Green, is within our project area. During the Easter break they have play sessions planned around the theme of some of Glasgow’s old shops. Entry to all exhibits and play sessions is free and no booking is required. More info is available on the People’s Palace 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.