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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 31st May 2019

CHANGE news

Progress update

The CHANGE team’s recent trend of working across a range of objectives has continued this week, with progress made across all strands of the project’s work plans. Focus areas have included out of school care (OSC), the CHANGE Hub and development of a template for low-cost food provision.

We are excited to be hosting an OSC workshop with the Scottish Out of School Care Network this coming Monday. Regular readers of this bulletin will be aware that we have been holding discussions with a range of childcare providers and wider stakeholders from across the Parkhead community over the past several months. This has allowed us to develop a clear framework of what could be required in order to establish a new 24-place OSC service in the area, along with an outline of the benefits this could bring to children and families living in this community. The workshop will allow us to gather the views from childcare providers, local schools and other community groups on what needs to be considered in the next stages of this work.

We have a very limited number of spaces available for the session, which starts at 9.45 am on Monday 3rd June in Parkhead Schoolhouse. If you would like to attend, or you would like to contribute your views on this work, please contact our Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley, using the details at the bottom of this bulletin.

Our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay has been busy arranging the next meeting of the CHANGE Hub, which takes place at Parkhead Schoolhouse on Tuesday 4th June. The Hub, which currently has 26 members, meets quarterly to discuss current events across the children and families’ sector and to develop collaborative working to help address some of the challenges faced by members. The agenda for next week’s meeting is already looking busy with presentations being given by Hub members Families Outside and Walking Bears on their current areas of work. This will be supported by a workshop and discussion on the current work of CHANGE led by the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative.

Alison will also be sharing a draft of the CHANGE low-cost food template with Hub members for feedback. The work on this template has been ongoing for several months and has involved small tests with some of our community partners in the Shettleston area. This work has been supported by attendance at food-focused conferences and seminars, provided by some of our project partners, Children and Scotland and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH). The most recent of these was the lecture given on tackling obesity equitably by Professor Corrina Hawkes, Director of the Centre for Food Policy, University of London, which was hosted by GCPH this week. Alison was present at this seminar and will provide an update to CHANGE Hub members on how this and other key learning opportunities will support the work being done on the low-cost food template.

In next week’s bulletin, we will share more details on how this learning is underpinning our objectives around low-cost food provision along with a recap of the CHANGE Hub meeting.

Children and families' sector news

Out of school care paper published

Our colleagues at Parenting across Scotland (PaS) recently published a briefing paper, Out of School Care in Scotland – who uses it and why?. The paper looks at families’ patterns of usage in OSC services across Scotland. Some of the findings in the briefing are in line with what CHANGE has heard from families in our project area. It is apparent that the issues of cost, availability, accessibility and flexibility impact on usage of OSC services across Scotland with each of these issues being particularly prominent in the CHANGE area. The findings published by PaS will be an important reference point as we develop our proposal to establish a new OSC service in the Parkhead area of Glasgow.

Events

Supporting OSC in Parkhead workshop

CHANGE will be co-hosting a workshop with the Scottish Out of School Care Network, on Monday 3rd June at Parkhead Schoolhouse. We will be sharing what we have learned so far when researching the feasibility of establishing a new out of school care (OSC) service in the Parkhead area and we would like all local stakeholders to contribute to our discussions around what should happen next. So far, we have participants confirmed to attend from childcare services, local schools and other community organisation working in the area.

If you think you can contribute to this work, please check out the event and booking information 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.