CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 3rd May 2019
CHANGE progress update
Another busy week for the CHANGE team saw us working across the breadth of our project area. Our current work on out of school care (OSC) is focused on the Parkhead community and this week we have taken significant steps towards meeting our objective of establishing a new 24 place service in this area. We are extremely grateful for the support we have had this week from Quarry Brae Primary and St. Michael’s Primary and we hope to work closely with families using these schools as this element of the project progresses. These meetings, along with our discussions with key stakeholders from Parkhead-based community organisations, have allowed us to complete the initial draft proposal highlighting what will be needed to ensure our work on OSC is successful. We will share this proposal with OSC providers, schools and other community stakeholders at a meeting in early June. Invitations will be sent via local childcare forums and the CHANGE team. If you would be interested in attending this meeting and hearing about our plans then please email our Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley, using the details at the bottom of this bulletin.
Work also continues on a test being run by the CHANGE Hub on developing a low-cost food template for childcare services. The initial testing phase, in summer 2018, saw us work with TICTACS OSC in the Shettleston area, which had recently trained some staff as nutrition ambassadors using the Grub 4 Life programme. Following this, the team worked with families using the service to reduce the unhealthy food content in children’s packed lunches. This achieved an incredible success rate of an almost 100% reduction in unhealthy choices. The next step for this work was to consider how the service could grow their own food and relationships were developed with local community food projects and St. Paul’s Primary to take this forward. A community celebration to share this work in full is scheduled to take place in June and we will publish more details about this as they are released. The progress made by all partners has been significant and the template is being developed as the Hub members prepare to scale up the work on food across other communities in our project area.
The second of our workshops with the team at ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland) took place this week. Once again this was very successful with many third sector services from North East Glasgow in attendance. More details on these sessions were published in last week’s bulletin. All of the partners involved would like to thank the organisations who sent staff along to these events. They are:
- Care for the Family
- Families Outside
- Family Addiction Support Service (FASS)
- Glasgow East Alcohol Awareness Project (GEAAP)
- No Feart
- Rosemount Lifelong Learning Centre
- Thriving Places/West of Scotland Housing Association
- Glasgow Care Foundation
- Greater Easterhouse Money Advice Project (GEMAP)
- Parkhead Citizen’s Advice Bureau
- Save the Children
- Scottish Cot Death Trust
- One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS)
- Govan Law Centre
- Possibilities for Each and Every Kid
CHANGE would like to place on record our thanks to the organisations who have supported our work on this including ALISS, Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership, North East Health Visiting team and NHS Inform. We are hugely encouraged that so many groups have also asked for tailored sessions to allow them to train more of their staff in using ALISS.
Children and families' sector news
Best Start Grant – Early Learning Payment launched
Social Security Scotland has this week launched the Early Learning Payment element of its Best Start Grant. This £250 payment is available to parents and carers in receipt of certain benefits and who have a child aged between two years and three years six months. It is designed to help with the cost of a child starting a nursery place, which is an issue that families have raised with CHANGE on a number of occasions. We are pleased to be working with Child Poverty and Financial Inclusion staff from Glasgow City Council to ensure all childcare services across our project area are aware of this fund. We have been encouraged by some of the methods that will be in place to ensure parents and carers are made aware of their eligibility at the appropriate time, including highlighting this when children receive a letter of admission for a nursery place. You can read more on all elements of the Best Start Grant and download a stakeholder’s toolkit here.
A key objective for the CHANGE project is increasing the number of Childminders in our project area where only a very small number currently operate. Next week will see us sharing a lot of key information on Childminding as a service and as a career as our partners at the Scottish Childminding prepare to host Childminding Week 2019. You can follow all of this activity using the hashtag #CheerforChildminding and you can find out more about Childminding Week 2019 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, email@example.com. 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.