CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 7th June 2019
CHANGE Hub update
The latest meeting of the CHANGE Hub took place at Parkhead Schoolhouse this week and there were fifteen representatives from eleven separate organisations present. Members were provided with an update on key elements of the CHANGE project plan that have been progressed since the last meeting in March 2019. The group also had an opportunity to revisit the driver diagram that was created at the first meeting of the Hub in March 2018. This was drawn up using improvement methodology from the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC) and the Hub is currently supported by an Improvement Advisor from CYPIC, Lee Urquhart. The driver diagram provides a framework for Hub members to support the work being done around the key objectives of the CHANGE project. At this week’s meeting, it was agreed by members that this should now be updated to better reflect current progress and the changes that have taken place since it was first created.
Hub members also heard an update on the Walking Bears project that is being run by Glasgow Life. The project, which will launch shortly, is aimed at families living in the Bridgeton, Dalmarnock and Camlachie communities who have children aged 3-5. Families who take part will be provided with a kitbag that will include the Walking Bears teddy bear and a map of the local area showing where families can enjoy a range of free activities. More information on the project is available here.
Out of school care (OSC) workshop
The CHANGE team would like to thank everyone who attended our out of school care workshop this week. The event, which was attended by a range of local stakeholders, had presentations from Andrew Shoolbread, Policy & Research Manager at the Scottish Out of School Care Network (SOSCN) and CHANGE’s Project Officer, Anthony O’Malley. The presentation from SOSCN looked at the current national context for OSC, while CHANGE focused on a proposal for expanding the level of OSC provision in the Parkhead area.
Participants then moved into workshops that focused on providing feedback on the CHANGE proposal and identifying any examples of good practice or challenges faced by services working with school-aged children in the North East of Glasgow. We are in the process of collating all of the information and comments provided and we will publish a report on this later in the month. In the meantime, we will contact the organisations who attended this week’s event with an initial outline of the feedback that was received on the day. The next steps for our work on OSC will be to use the learning from this workshop along with discussing with local stakeholders to support the development of an options paper. This will outline a range of practical steps that could be taken to successfully increase the level of OSC provision in Parkhead.
Children and families' sector news
Young researchers project
Our colleagues at Children in Scotland are embarking on a new project that aims to empower young researchers to tackle health inequalities in their community. One of the schools involved, Dalmarnock Primary, sits within the CHANGE area and we are excited to hear more about the outcomes of the project as it progresses. More information on this work is available here.
Best Start Grant School Age Payment launched
The School Aged Payment element of the Best Start Grant scheme is now live. The payment is available to parents or carers who have children born between March 1st 2014 and 28th February 2015 and who are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
- Child Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
- Income Support
- Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA), not ‘contribution based’ JSA
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), not ‘contribution based’ ESA.
The release of the School Aged Payment means that all three elements of the Best Start Grant are now live. The other two grants that can be applied for are the Pregnancy and Baby Payment (from the 24th week of pregnancy up until the child is six months old) and the Early Learning Payment (from a child’s second birthday until they are three and a half years old).
CHANGE has carried out significant community engagement work since 2016, which has identified that many families find it difficult to access childcare due to the cost. This can include additional or hidden charges over and above core fees. CHANGE is working closely with the Financial Inclusion team at Glasgow City Council to ensure that childcare providers in our project area are aware of these grants and can signpost eligible parents and carers to them. More information on the Best Start Grants is available 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.