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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 31 January 2020

CHANGE news

Plot to Plate

The first Plot to Plate club starts in February with families from St Paul’s Primary School. Starting off with a six-week course, the sessions will be delivered by Nigel Denby and GreenHeartGrowers and will be the first Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) accredited course on Community Growing and Nutrition. The families from St Paul’s have helped design the content of the programme and we are all very much looking forward to Plot to Plate starting.

Voices Forum

Last week CHANGE staff attended Children in Scotland’s (CiS) Voices Forum in Dundee. Voices brings together the diverse knowledge, skills and experience of CiS members to seek solutions for the most pressing issues affecting children in Scotland today. The CHANGE team took this opportunity to discuss our findings and talk about our plans for the future.

Children and families' sector news

Glasgow’s Children’s Services Plan

CHANGE staff attended the Glasgow Children’s Services planning session held by Everyone’s Children at the Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS). Glasgow’s Children’s Services Plan sets out the priorities for improving children’s services in the city. The next plan is due to be submitted to the Scottish Government on 31 March 2020.

The current plan (2017-2020) has five priority areas. These are:

• Keeping children and young people safe from harm
• Making sure children and young people are healthy and happy
• Providing support for families
• Ensuring children and young people are ready for life and work
• Improving life for care experienced children and young people

Anyone who lives or works in Glasgow, with an interest in children’s services can have their say on what the priorities should be for the next plan.

Young people can respond to Everyone’s Children’s Twitter survey here.

To respond as an organisation you can complete this short survey. However, the deadline is today Friday 31 January.

Out of School Care (OSC) Consultation

On 6 December 2019 the Scottish Government’s Out of School Care (OSC) Consultation closed. More than 1,200 individuals and organisations provided written responses. A number of community consultation events also took place engaging with children, parents, carers and OSC providers from across Scotland. The next step is for the Scottish Government to publish the results of the consultation, and these should be available soon. A formal response will then be published by the Scottish Government later in the year. The learning from this consultation will be used to help inform and develop new policies around OSC in Scotland.

Improving local provision of OSC has been a focus of the CHANGE team, particularly in the Parkhead area where we are working hard with community partners to create a new OSC service. CHANGE also played a key role in securing a provider for OSC for the new Riverbank Primary school that opened in August 2019.

If you’d like to read the CHANGE team’s response to the consultation you can do so here.

Events

Fire Starter Festival

Fire Starter Festival (FSF) is a three-week festival of collaborative learning events which are all about sharing stories of change and the innovative and creative ways in which we can bring social transformations about.

As part of this festival the Scottish Government is holding an event called: The Balancing Act – Influencing policy development using forum theatre. This event offers the opportunity to learn and discuss how community arts organisation ACTive INquiry gathered children, young people, parents and carers’ views on the Scottish Government’s Out of School Care (OSC) consultation using theatre. Their interactive methods help consider the important questions around accessing childcare and activities as well as the links to tackling child poverty and improving outcomes for children in Scotland.

They would like to hear from innovators about what’s possible in designing childcare services for the future.

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 Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, ahay@childreninscotland.org.uk. Alison is based in Glasgow East at least four days per week and is happy to chat to anyone who feels they have something to contribute to the project.