Learning Event


Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland held its first learning event on Wednesday the 1st November at the Glasgow Women’s Library in Bridgeton. There was a wide range of delegates from various sectors who came along to hear more about Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland and learn from similar approaches elsewhere in the UK.


The day began with Chris Chapman (What Works Scotland/Robert Owens Centre) welcoming us to the day and outlining the aims of the session which were:

  • Develop a shared understanding of the evidence and value of the approach.
  • Opportunity to network
  • Opportunity to share local insights
  • Increased inspiration to work collaboratively

Following on, Maureen Mckenna (Head of Education Services, Glasgow City Council) gave an interactive overview of the Glasgow context of children, young people and education.

Laura Devine (Save the Children) presented next, with a helpful presentation on the Stronger Communities project. Laura shared some insightful learning points from her experience running this project as well as many of her successes.

Next up the Children’s Neighbourhoods team, (Carol Tannahill, GCPH; Nancy Clunie, Education Services; Chris Chapman and Lizzie Leman, University of Glasgow) introduced the concept of a children’s neighbourhood, outlined the timeline for the initiative whilst Nancy presented and things currently happening on the ground in the community.

We then had a short, lively break where delegates were able to network around the room, or follow up on any questions they had so far.

After the break Jackie Brock (Children in Scotland) introduced Alan Dyson (Formerly Professor of Education at the University of Manchester) who gave us a thought provoking presentation on some of the evidence supporting this kind of approach, as well as concisely explaining the practicalities of putting this approach in to action.


Next we held discussions around the tables, to talk through what we had heard so far and to develop ideas to discuss with the panel. A 30 minute panel discussion then took place with Stephen Pearson (Virgin Money), Jackie Brock, Maureen McKenna and Alan Dyson.table-discussion.jpg

This engaging morning was then brought to a close with concluding remarks and next steps from Jackie Brock. Delegates were then invited to stay for a networking lunch.

Before during and after the event, Twitter was excited and busy and many of our delegates used the hashtag #CNSLearn. Please follow this link for our storify from the day!


The Children’s Neighbourhoods team would like to thank all our delegates who made it along to contribute and support the event.

To download the slides for each presentation, please click the speakers name in pink.

Please follow this link to our feedback form if you were in attendance, comments are very welcome.