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CHANGE Festive Bulletin 2018

CHANGE 2018 recap

2018 has been an exciting year for the CHANGE project and we have especially enjoyed the time spent building relationships with families and professionals. Community engagement is a key factor in the work being done by CHANGE. This year we built on the foundations that we had laid in 2017 and developed new partnerships with a range of services, allowing us to carry out meaningful engagement work with families and key stakeholders.

The CHANGE Hub was set up in March of this year and brings together organisations working with families to share ideas, concerns, good practice and innovation. The Hub is supported by a Scottish Government Improvement Adviser and uses the Children and Young People’s Improvement Collaborative methodology to evidence impact. There are currently 20 core members of this multi-agency group with several also contributing to working groups. We would like to thank all of the Hub members for their input and support this year and extend a special thanks to those members who are actively involved in developing some tests that we hope will allow us to support families’ access to services in the local area.

We continued with the second phase of our community engagement work this year, which focused on parents and carers who were not engaged with childcare but were engaged with some type of support network. We met with a number of families experiencing a range of circumstances including asylum seekers and refugees, kinship carers, parents or carers of children with a disability, parents living with a disability and families experiencing poverty. We will be reporting on our key findings from this period of our work in our summary report for year two, which we hope to publish shortly.

Another element of community engagement that we undertook was sessions with children aged 8-11 within two schools in our project area. We were supported in this work by colleagues from the Policy, Projects and Participation team at Children in Scotland. During these sessions we asked children what they expected from out of school care services or informal activity clubs. We will publish more information on what children said during these sessions in our summary report, but it was interesting to note that what was most important to children was that services had good staff who respected their views. In this regard we are hugely fortunate as we are aware of the very good practice that is evident in childcare and other services in Glasgow East, much of which is child-led and relationship-based.

When we reached the end of our second year in September 2018, we had developed an in-depth understanding of family need around the barriers to accessing childcare, along with some potential solutions to these issues. This will be our key focus as we move into 2019 and we have identified several areas where we can support services to expand what is available to families. The CHANGE team has invested a lot of time into developing this plan and delivering on this expansion of services will form a key part of our work over the next nine months as we move towards the project end date of September 2019.

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to CHANGE over the last twelve months and we hope all of our friends, colleagues and partners have a very well deserved happy festive season.

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, aomalley@chidlreninscotland.org.uk or our Policy and Participation Officer, Alison Hay, ahay@childreninscotland.org.uk. 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.