We know that children who grow up in areas of high social deprivation face challenges and that, unless well supported, they are less likely than their more advantaged peers to be successful in later life. We also know that many of these communities are working with organisations and agencies to try and tackle the many… Continue reading Developing Children’s Neighbourhoods for Scotland: Putting poverty in its place!
“If we fail our children, we are failing full stop”. These were the opening words of Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, as she formally launched Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) in Bridgeton and Dalmarnock on 9th February in the impressive surroundings of the Glasgow Women’s Library – and how very right she is.… Continue reading Launching Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland: together we can do more
Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) proposes to use a Capabilities Approach in our research. Capabilities was developed by Amartya Sen (1980) and Martha Nussbaum (2000) as a framework of social justice, concerned with identifying the freedoms people need to live ‘a good life.’ These freedoms constitute a set of ‘beings and doings’ that people would like… Continue reading Using the Capabilities Approach at Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland
If you asked a child what was most important to them, what would they say? Through talking with many of our local children we can tell you - it would be play! Our team here in the Bridgeton and Dalmarnock area have committed ourselves to acting on what we hear from local children and families,… Continue reading Making child’s play, serious business
Most people use “place” and “space” to mean the same thing at times. For some researchers there is an important difference between these two words. “Space” could be any location of any size at any time. A “place” is like this, but it has one special difference. Meaning. Spaces are geographic locations you could forget… Continue reading What kind of place is a neighbourhood?
As we started out in Bridgeton and Dalmarnock we have been learning from other children's neighbourhood approaches, where there is a lot of emphasis on the role of the 'backbone organisation'. The idea behind this is to have a central impartial body to support the neighbourhood approach and the collaborations to achieve this. Here in… Continue reading The role of the backbone organisation in collective impact approaches
The International Futures Forum facilitated a workshop to explore, improve and develop the CNS Theory of Change (please head over to our blog of gathering context and theory of change). We convened the local partners we’ve been working with to date along with members of our planning team to involve differing perspectives. To get a… Continue reading Theory of Change Workshop with the International Futures Forum
Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland is working with partners and local people in Bridgeton and Dalmarnock to improve services, resources, opportunities and chances for the children and young people who live there. By working in partnership across the community, Children’s Neighbourhoods aims to build on the good work and investment already happening locally and to place a… Continue reading Working towards a vision of collective impact
A Theory of Change visualises a project’s overall aims and the pre-conditions which need to be met in order to reach those aims. Using a Theory of Change (ToC) model allows a project to be contextualised by including inputs, assets and activities. When reviewing literature from other Children’s Communities we noticed that many of them… Continue reading Gathering the context and developing a Theory of Change