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Our Children - 12 June

Karen McIntyre, Engage’s Community & Partnership Manager, is moving to a new role as chief officer with The Bridges Programmes in Glasgow. The agency supports employability for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. Karen asked to pass on this message to Our Children.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their support and enthusiasm of Our Children, especially over the last 3 years as we navigated our way through a global pandemic, lockdown and beyond. I was continually impressed by the willing in Renfrewshire to explore and implement collaborative working, and I’m immensely proud of the relationships we built and managed during that time. I know it’s been incredibly tough for everyone during permacrisis, but please keep up the good work because it is improving lives and making a difference every single day.
I’ve loved my job with Engage and I wouldn’t be leaving unless it was for the right opportunity, and this one definitely is. I have supported Our Children since 2017 and genuinely loved the Forum meetings. I doubt anyone will miss my timechecks(!), breathe bubbles, or my love for mentimeter. But thanks for your patience, and for being fab to work with; I wish you all the very best going forward. Karen.”



Dads’ Rock: Online Chat for New Dads. Last Wednesday of every month, 7.30-8.30pmAn opportunity for new dads, male carers and those who identify as a father in the perinatal stage, to meet others, share experiences and develop social connections.  The New Dads Chat will take place on Zoom and attendees are asked to register before attending. Register here




Sexual Health: Youth Workers (one day course)
Monday 19 June  2023
9.30am – 4pm
Eastbank Training Centre, 22 Academy Street, Glasgow, G32 9AA

Sexual Health: Youth Workers (one day course)
Wednesday 30 August  2023
9.30am – 4pm
Meeting Room 2, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley PA1 1JD

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  HealthImprovementSH@ggc.scot.nhs.uk 


Early Years Mental Health Improvement Framework - Consultation

We are getting in touch with you to let you know about the consultation that we are running at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on a new Early Years Mental Health Improvement Framework.  

What is the Framework? 

The Framework has been created to help support those working in the early years to plan and deliver mental health improvement activities for babies and young children who are under 5 years old, as well as for their parents / caregivers. In a simple model, it captures the key elements that evidence shows us can promote positive mental health in this age group.  

You can also download the draft Framework from the Mental Health Improvement Team's website. Further information about the Framework consultation and a range of supporting documents can also be accessed via this link. This includes evidence briefings, a policy mapping document, and a Framework audit tool.  

How can you get involved in the consultation?

We are running a consultation on the Framework because we value your input and are keen to hear your views and opinions on it. Your feedback will be used to refine and improve the Framework, ensuring it is fit for purpose and meets the needs of a variety of partners. 

You can contribute to the consultation in the following two ways:  

1.   Via a Focus Group (online, up to 90 minutes)  

Open focus group: We will be running a focus group on Microsoft Teams on Monday the 26 June from 12.00 – 1.30 pm which is open to anyone to attend to share their views on the framework. Please note, numbers for this session are limited, but further dates can be explored depending on interest. If you are keen to attend, please email Laura Hills at laura.hills@ggc.scot.nhs.uk to register a place.

Dedicated groups for each sector/service/profession: We will also be running a series of dedicated groups over the coming months. This includes a dedicated session for Health Visiting, Educational Psychology, Midwifery, the Third Sector, Clinical Services and Early Learning and Childcare. If you would prefer to attend one of these dedicated groups, please get in touch with laura.hills@ggc.scot.nhs.uk for more information on dates and times. 

2.   Survey (online) 

You can also share your views on the Framework by completing an anonymous survey by Friday 28 July via this link: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/KF6JPP/ 

Thank you in advance for your participation in this consultation process. Your insights are vital to helping us create a strong Framework that we can all use to guide our work for the benefit of our youngest children and their families. 


Annual survey of third sector involvement in local Children’s Services Planning arrangements   

With this survey we are aiming to understand the extent of third sector involvement in Children’s Services Planning arrangements in the 30 Children’s Services Planning Partnerships (CSPPs). We would like to provide a robust Scotland-wide picture of third sector engagement and planning at a local and national level. This will help us to understand the areas of strength in relation to participation and engagement of the sector and areas for further development. 

This survey is based on the self-evaluation tool: How Good is our Third Sector participation in Children’s Services Planning (CSP). This has been co-developed through the STTS Project and the Children’s Services Planning Strategic Leads Network as a useful resource to aid local self-evaluation by CSPPs to consider all aspects of collaboration with the third sector to improve the quality and demonstrate impact of services for children and young people.   

Supporting the Third Sector Project Annual Survey 

Time: The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.   

Audience: Third Sector Interfaces, local and national third sector organisations, and CSP strategic leads.    

Closing date: 23 June 2023 

We would be really grateful if you could take the time to complete this survey. Please also share it with others who might have experiences to contribute. The survey is anonymous but we have asked for details about your role and area so we can understand further the needs of the third sector. The STTS Project will use this information for planning this year and we will also share survey findings with Scottish Government policy teams and other key stakeholders.


Poundland Foundation - Funding for Children’s Sports Kit & Equipment

Grants of up to £750 are available to local children's sports clubs or organisations in the UK to purchase new kits. Applications will be considered for any kind of team sport, from football to netball, hockey to volleyball.

The funding is being made available through the Poundland Foundation’s Kit 4 Kids grant scheme, which is open to registered charities, community interest companies, and unregistered organisations with an income of under £10,000 per year.
Money for the Foundation comes from in-store fundraising, carrier bag donations and micro-donations through chip and pin machines.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 13 June 2023.


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