CHANGE Weekly Bulletin 9th February 2018
In this week’s bulletin we talk about the communities that make up our project area along with some policy and partnership work related to the project and wider issues for children and families.
CHANGE project area
CHANGE is working across Shettleston and Calton political wards in Glasgow East. This broadly covers the communities of Calton, Bridgeton, Parkhead, Dalmarnock, Tollcross and West Shettleston. The project area runs from as far west as the bottom of High Street and stretches to the east, reaching the edge of Sandyhills Park. Our southern border is defined by the River Clyde while our boundary to the north begins on Duke Street and carries on along Old Shettleston Road, providing a natural separation from Dennistoun, Haghill, Carntyne, Springboig and Barlanark.
As we discussed in last week’s bulletin, this area has a high number of families living in poverty. There is also not as much availability of childcare services for children aged 0-12 compared to other areas. One of our core aims in CHANGE is to help develop services that are both affordable for families and to have a higher number of childcare places available for these communities than there is currently.
Consultations and policy work
Our parent organisation, Children in Scotland (CiS), is involved in a number of ongoing consultations and policy development programmes. CiS is currently running a consultation for the General Teaching Council for Scotland about teacher excellence. If you have children aged 5-18 please encourage them to complete this online survey to share their views. Click here to access the survey.
The Scottish Government recently commissioned CiS to examine the impact that children and young people’s participation had on policy making at the local and national level in Scotland. This report is available to read here.
Children’s Neighbourhood Scotland launch event
The CHANGE team are excited to be attending the launch event of Children’s Neighbourhood Scotland (CNS) on 9th February. CHANGE and CNS have worked together on some engagement work in recent times and each project has been able to compliment the work being done by the other. We will carry a summary of the launch event in next week’s bulletin. CNS has recently updated their website with a number of blogs detailing their progress and these can be read 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.