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CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 6 December 2019


CHANGE Hub update

This week saw the CHANGE Hub meet for the last time in 2019. There was a positive vibe throughout the meeting as members celebrated their recent nomination for a Quality Improvement award.

A key area of discussion for the Hub this year has been how the connections that have built up across organisations can be maintained beyond the life of the CHANGE project, which concludes at the end of September 2020. At this week’s meeting we explored some of the possibilities that might support this, with a focus on digital connections. We have begun the process of mapping Hub members’ current digital presence with the aim of ensuring that all members are connected across any digital platform where they have a presence. We hope that developing these links now will enable Hub members to sustain their connections and continue to collaborate beyond September 2020.

The meeting also heard an update from Glasgow Life’s Walking Bears project. The project took place in the Bridgeton, Parkhead, Dalmarnock and Camlachie communities within the CHANGE area and was aimed at increasing physical activity levels for families with children aged 3-5. More than 200 families were given a teddy bear and resource pack with initial feedback suggesting that many saw an increase in their physical activity levels and awareness of what was happening in the local area. You can read more about the project here.

The group also had the opportunity to review progress on two key work streams involving family support and food and nutrition. Work has been underway on both for more than a year and significant progress has been made, particularly in relation to food and nutrition projects. This work has been supported by the improvement methodology utilised by the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative, which hosted the recent Quality Improvement Awards. The CHANGE Hub was nominated in the ‘Most Inspiring or Innovative Project’ category, although was sadly unsuccessful on the night. You can watch the Hub’s nomination video here

Out of school care

We published our response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Draft framework for out of school care in Scotland this week. Our focus was on sharing the views of children, families and professionals living or working in the CHANGE project area. We highlighted what people have told us needs to change to provide a more accessible and sustainable out of school care offer for families in Glasgow East. There is still a limited amount of time to respond to the consultation, which closes at the end of today, 6 December 2019. You can read our response here and you can access the consultation documents here

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has shared their views with us so far. This formed a crucial part of our response and ensured that the voices of those most likely to be affected by the consultation outcome were included in the process.

CHANGE in 2019

We will publish a review of our 2019 activities on Thursday 19 December. This will look at key progress and achievements from the last 12-months. Our bulletin will take a short break next week while we put the review together.

Children and families' sector news

Children in Scotland launch Children’s Manifesto

Children in Scotland, along with 17 partner organisations, has launched an alternative manifesto ahead of next week’s UK General Election. This contains fourteen calls relating to issues that impact on children and young people. Some of these calls are:

  • Child poverty: End the benefit cap and readopt legally binding targets to reduce child poverty
  • Democracy: Extend the vote to 16 and 17-year olds in all UK elections – local elections, general elections and referenda
  • Climate crisis: Support the work of the Scottish Youth Climate Strikers, who urge the UK Government to commit to a specific target of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 
  • Europe: Continue EU funding for Erasmus+, allowing young people to study, volunteer and participate in youth work in the EU. 

You can follow news of the manifesto on Twitter using the hashtag #UKChildManifesto and you can access the full document 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, or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, 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.