CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 3rd November 2017
We take a break from our ongoing childcare landscape series this week as we discuss some of our work and the upcoming Festival of Social Science.
Glasgow East is an area with a number of community-based play clubs and youth groups providing services for children and families. CHANGE has met with a number of these groups to discuss their activities and how they contribute to improving the lives of families in the area.
Partnership working is more than just a concept. For these groups it is a reality that has allowed them to grow and thrive alongside one another. The Thriving Places team for Parkhead, Dalmarnock and Camlachie is at the centre of this and are also a key partner in CHANGE. Their Community Worker, Robert Doyle, recently wrote a guest blog for our website, which can be found here. It was through our relationship with Thriving Places that we were able to make contact with other groups in the area including Church House, Playbusters, Parkhead Youth Project and Possibilities for Each and Every Kid (PEEK).
Each service provides a unique programme of activities to children and families in Glasgow East and beyond. They all harbour hopes of expansion and development to enable them to reach an even wider range of children. In some cases, these groups are providing activities for other vulnerable groups with community projects and clubs for the elderly, including a well- attended weekly tea dance in Barrowfield run by Thriving Places, which is growing in popularity. We look forward to developing relationships with these services over the course of the CHANGE project and hope to provide a short profile on each of them in future bulletins.
Festival of Social Science
CHANGE is delighted to be part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Science. Some of the CHANGE team will be present at the Speed dating social research – with East End impact event, being held in the Glasgow Women’s Library on 9th November, to share some of the learning from the project so far. We’ll be joined by other projects who are also based in the Olympia Building in Bridgeton, including our project partners the Glasgow Centre for Population Health and Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland. The ‘speed dating’ format will allow people to hear from a range of projects working in Glasgow East in a short space of time with an opportunity for networking after the presentations. The event is free to attend and tickets can be booked here.