GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL: ASL/EAL SERVICE: SUPPORTING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL)

Glasgow City Council’s ASL/EAL Service aims to meet the needs of children and young people with English as an Additional Language in Glasgow. The service was restructured in August 2008 in order to better meet the needs of all children with EAL and in relation to the statutory requirements under the Additional Support for Learning Act (2004) to assess and address the barriers to children’s learning. The restructuring would ensure more children and young people with EAL were able to access specialist support and to ensure the service was responsive to changing demographics and the changing challenges faced by educational establishments. There has been a programme to build capacity of both mainstream and specialist staff in order to improve the support children get within education establishments.

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FALKIRK COUNCIL: COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN REGENERATION

Over the last 3 years, community involvement has become a central part of Falkirk’s approach to community regeneration and tackling poverty. Key community organisations from the ten regeneration areas were brought together and enabled to play a lead role in deciding priorities for the Fairer Scotland Fund. All applicants to the fund had to face a ‘Dragon’s Den’ of community representatives to make the case for their project and are now required to submit quarterly reports to community monitoring panels, which ensure that the funding is delivering maximum impact in the most disadvantaged communities. This intensive process has resulted in a massive improvement in community views about their involvement and is now beginning to feed through into significantly enhanced outcomes in tackling poverty in the regeneration areas.

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WEST LOTHIAN COUNCIL: DADS’ WORK

Since October 2000, Sure Start West Lothian has been supporting parents with children aged 0-3, and the need for work with fathers was quickly identified and from 2003, support has been offered to fathers –this is now antenatal and postnatal, individually or in groups. Over 650 fathers have attended the universal antenatal course, with positive feedback about increased confidence in their role in their baby’s care. Fathers attending the Dads Club have now set up a management committee and are supporting fathers in another community. Fathers completing the Mellow Dads course describe positive outcomes for themselves, their Looked After children and children on the Child Protection Register.

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DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL: LIBRARY SUPPORT FOR SOCIALLY VULNERABLE GROUPS IN DUNDEE

The objective of the project is to develop and extend services and resources which target the needs of groups affected by social exclusion. Using books, computers and tactile artefacts, library staff work with local care agencies to deliver stimulating sessions to sections of the local community who previously had limited access to library services. As a result of the project, frontline library staff are now delivering 22 sessions per week to a total of 198 vulnerable adults with a range of physical and learning abilities, linking with partners including Alzheimer Scotland, Capability Scotland and local care homes.

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RENFREWSHIRE COUNCIL: RENFREWSHIRE LINK

The voice of people with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is often ignored, misunderstood, misrepresented, or not heard at all, by service providers. Typically, their views will be put forward by people who do not themselves have a learning disability or ASD. Renfrewshire Link is a group of around eight people with a learning disability or ASD, and was established in January 2007 as a means of giving a more effective voice to service users on the services they received, policy and practice. This group is supported to play an active role in determining how their services are delivered. Renfrewshire Council is committed to improving all of its services. We understood that, by enabling our service users who to work with us to make the services they receive more user-led, this would invariably improve their quality.

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ARGYLL AND BUTE COUNCIL: SPORTS COACHING WEEKEND

Argyll and Bute has a great number of volunteers delivering sport and physical activity through clubs and other organisations. Due to the challenges posed by the rural, isolated and dispersed geography of the area many of these people have been unable to obtain appropriate qualifications in sports coaching, and many have not received follow on CPD training in their sport.

The Sports Coaching Weekend was developed to address this problem by bringing together sports, voluntary organisations, youth groups, schools and individuals to learn new skills, gain valuable sports coaching qualifications to take back to their communities, share experiences and meet people from different areas under the banner of sport. In 2009 the event provided 290 people with qualifications in sports coaching and related activities.

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WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE COUNCIL: SPORTS YOUTH ACTION GROUP

West Dunbartonshire Council Sports Development Unit (triple COSLA Award winners for Health Improvement) recognised that there was a demand for opportunities for young people to participate in sport, as well as develop through sport. As a result West Dunbartonshire Sports Youth Action Group was established in October 2007 and is recognised as the only group of its kind in Scotland. It has been commended by sportscotland for its contribution towards the development of sport by a key target group. The project tackles the issue of sustainability in sporting opportunities by developing a network of quality volunteers, and by creating a lifelong culture of community involvement and active citizenship at an early age. The group is diverse in its membership in terms of age and gender and incorporates people aged between 14 to 25 that are classified as being ‘hard to reach’, local secondary school pupils, and college students. In the long term, the programme assists young people to move into positive destinations. The project has developed forty-six confident, empowered and skilled young individuals since October 2007. These volunteers are now positive role models for other young people in the community and are delivering free sports coaching programmes throughout the authority to two hundred and fifty young people, which break down the financial barriers for children in SIMD areas. The Sports Youth Action Group has worked tirelessly to raise and apply for funds, generating £10,250 to date. The group was also invited to attend the UK Sports Relief Celebration event in July 2009 in Cardiff Millennium Stadium. West Dunbartonshire Council is an extremely deprived local authority and this project demonstrates that through innovative thinking, projects can improve the quality of life and future opportunities of children and young people.

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