CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 8th March 2019
Work is continuing across all of CHANGE’s objectives and we have provided a breakdown of some of our recent progress below.
We are currently part of a childminding project, which is being led by Clyde Gateway and also involves the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) and Jobs and Business Glasgow. It is hoped that this project will lead to the recruitment of twenty new childminders, who will provide a service from their homes in the Clyde Gateway area. We will shortly be distributing a survey, online and in person during visits to local groups, that will explore what might be needed in order to achieve the project objectives.
In addition to this project we are continuing to work, along with SCMA and others, in parts of the CHANGE area that are outwith the Clyde Gateway boundaries.
Out of school care
Regular readers of the bulletin will know that we have supported the Parent Council of Riverbank Primary to identify an out of school care (OSC) provider to operate from the new school, which opens in August 2019. We are delighted to confirm that we will also be working with the successful provider, Connect 2 OSC, during the process of relocating their existing Bridgeton service to Riverbank. CHANGE, along with colleagues from Children in Scotland, will be carrying out some engagement sessions with children to explore how they are feeling about the move to new premises and to help identify any concerns they may have.
We have previously discussed the view from providers and the local community that an OSC service is needed in the Parkhead area. Although there is some provision for schools in this area at the moment, this is located further away than would normally be the case for OSC. This has implications for providers and families around the length of time and how much it costs to travel to and from the services. We are continuing to engage with a number of stakeholders on this and we are keen to identify whether there is any capacity to base a service somewhere within the more immediate Parkhead area. This will form a large part of our OSC work in the coming months.
During our community engagement work we have often heard that families struggle to find information that is easy to understand, on a range of support services, including childcare. Alison has been working with key partners from across the health and social care sectors to identify a solution that will support families to be able to access the correct support. We hope to be able to share some exciting news on how we might address this issue shortly and we will share this across our social media outputs as soon as we are able to.
Children and families' sector news
The Care Inspectorate has published a new resource focusing on intergenerational best practice. Bringing Generations Together provides case studies and examples of good practice for services who are bringing together children and older adults. In the CHANGE project area, we are aware that many services, especially the fantastic Silverdale Nursery, are carrying out intergenerational activities to support the wellbeing of early years children. You can access the guidance document here.
Our colleague Jacqueline Cassidy, Head of External Affairs at Children in Scotland, has recently been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to carry out a research project that will explore intergenerational services in Japan, Singapore and the USA. Read more on this 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.