CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 4 October 2019
Year four in focus
This week marked the start of the fourth year of CHANGE. Our fourth year has been made possible by the awarding of uplift funding from the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF). Uplift funding was factored into our original application to NLCF, where the potential need for a fourth year of funding was identified. This will allow the project to support services and the community in our project area as we work to deliver some key changes based on what we have learned in the first three years. This work will link closely to the objectives of CHANGE and will focus on four key themes. These are:
- Childminding: We will continue to contribute to the Clyde Gateway Childminding Project as our awareness-raising work moves on to engagement with children and young people. At the start of our fourth year, we will be working with children attending a local school and an out of school care to ask them about the characteristics and skills that Childminders should have. We will continue to work with the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) to identify any other opportunities for expanding the level of Childminding across the CHANGE area.
- Out of school care (OSC): Having spent a lot of time talking to families, childcare providers and others, we know that there are not enough local OSC places for children who live in the Parkhead area. In 2019/20 we aim to support an existing OSC provider to establish a new 24-place service that will provide a service within this area. We intend to provide opportunities for children, families and other members of the community to contribute to this process.
- Family support and childcare for children aged 0-2: Our focus in this area will be on developing services that can offer an intervention-led solution for families experiencing particularly challenging circumstances. We will continue to share our findings and scoping proposal with those at strategic and community levels to investigate the potential for the development of this type of service and where it could be housed.
- Community food work: We will be working on the development of a low-cost quality food template. This will include identifying existing community resources to enhance the opportunity for local people and professionals to work together in innovative ways. The aim of this work will be to increase access to quality food and reduce costs for families.
Content taken from ‘Our Journey – Summary of CHANGE’, which will be published in October 2019. If you would like a copy of this report please contact our Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children and families' sector news
Challenge Poverty Week
Challenge Poverty Week, which is organised by the Poverty Alliance, takes places between 7-13 October. They key messages of the week, subtitled Challenge Poverty? Aye we can!, are:
- Too many people in Scotland are trapped in the grip of poverty
- By boosting people’s incomes and reducing the cost of living we can solve poverty
- Solving poverty is about ensuring we can all participate in a just and compassionate society.
Our colleagues at the Everyone’s Children project will be hosting a Challenge Poverty Marketplace event on Thursday 10 October at the Albany Centre in Glasgow. Details and booking information can be found here.
Our partners at the Scottish Out of School Care Network (SOSCN) are hosting a number of regional events relating to the consultation on the draft framework for OSC that has been published by the Scottish Government. The Glasgow event takes place on Monday 11 November and more information and booking details are available on the SOSCN website here.
CHANGE has been working closely with the OSC team from the Scottish Government and is represented on the OSC Reference group that has supported the development of the draft framework. We will also be attending a meeting between the Scottish Government team and OSC services operating in the north east of Glasgow later this month. This will allow OSC providers in our project area to highlight specific challenges and areas of good practice in and around the CHANGE area.
CHANGE Knowledge Exchange
The third CHANGE Knowledge Exchange will take place on Tuesday 29 October. During the day we will hear from a range of speakers, many of whom will carry out interactive presentations where participation will be encouraged. The key learning aims for the day are:
- Sharing the story of the CHANGE project
- Hearing from other organisations, with opportunities to network and share examples of good practice
- Exploring how the learning from CHANGE can be applied in a local, regional or national context
- Discussions and exercises that will support the development of a call to action on what can be done to support children and families.
We’re expecting contributions from a range of organisations including Children in Scotland, Members of the CHANGE Hub, the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative, Playbusters, Parkhead Youth Project, the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, the team developing A Local Information Service for Scotland and Nigel Denby, Nutritionist.
Places at the event can be booked on the Children in Scotland 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, email@example.com or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.