Andy Giles, SMBC then shared how Early Help is everyone’s business. Several consultations have taken place over the year http://socialsolihull.org.uk/earlyhelp/ Here comes our part by sharing our views. If we had an issue in our family – financial or realtionship or concerning our children, where will we turn for information and support? More questions can be found here Early Help Questions for Parents Some people go to family/friends, some search on-line, while its harder for lot of us to accept there is a concern. Speaking to someone, could be a step forward towards reducing stress in our lives. What information would you need and where would you like to find it? Share your views and be part of shaping Early Help in Solihull…
Solihull Job Centres will start to take claims for Universal Credit from the 18th May 2015. The initial claims will be very low for the first year as they will only come from newly unemployed, single working age people.
We understand that there will be approximately 200 people per month going onto universal credit with less than 5% expected to need additional support to claim Universal Credit on line, get a bank account and help with money and debt advice. Processes, communications and training to assist colleagues and partners to help or advise customers are currently being finalised.
The next groups to move onto Universal Credit will be newly unemployed working age couples and customers with children. These are not expected until next year.
We do not have a date as yet for the transfer of our 12,000 housing benefit customers onto Universal Credit but we do not expect this to happen until at least 2017. For more information on Universal Credit please visit www.solihull.gov.uk/welfarereform
We are also excited to have Alison McGrory, Lead for Welfare Reform and Universal Credit, SMBC, at our next meeting at 10am on Fri 19th June 2015. Please join us. Lets discuss it together!
Inspired by discussions on making Early Help everyone’s business, at Early help Board last month, we have been speaking to people in general. We spoke to parents on school playground, local voluntary groups, local hair dressers… We are glad we did that, as we introduced the idea of Early Help to them. It raised curiosity to know more, what does Early Help mean? Early Help is supporting families early before the life problems become big. Next, how early does Early Help mean, is it for early years? It is true by helping children in Early Years we support future of our community well. But Early Help for families is for all stages of families babies, young children, teenagers. We are discussing, basic information families should have to make them feel confident in difficult life situations.
As Solihull Parents’ Forum we have been part of Early Help work for almost 2 years and can confidently say, Early Help is important in everyone’s life.
Effective Early Help improves the lives of children & young people – they know and can find solutions to problems affecting their lives like: how they can help their child when children are stuck, developing skills needed to get a job.
Prevents difficulties being passed from one generation to the next – when we can find solutions to our problems, we have a more positive outlook towards life and it touches lives of our children.
We can know more about Early Help at, http://socialsolihull.org.uk/earlyhelp/ If you have suggestions or questions to know more about it, be part of discussion forum on the page. There are Early Help Engagement events being organised in March, which can be booked on the Early Help page. More people, effective discussions.
Early Help helps improves lives for generations. Be part of Early Help!
We had the opportunity to listen to Tina McGrath, Interim Director for Early Help at Solihull Council, while she set out how Early Help operating model would look like. There were about 90 attendees (yes, it was great to see a well attended event) from voluntary organisations, Solihull Council and councillors. The model will work around 5 geographical collaboratives of schools Unity, Mosaic, Evolve, Synergy and Rural (In Solihull currently, all schools are broadly classified in same 5 collaboratives. These collaboratives include infant, primary and secondary schools of that area) After a brief explanation we moved around the room to put forward our areas of interest for getting involved in Early Help. These areas of work include developing systems, resources, training, governance and reviewing. Best part was speaking to people across the borough and share passion for our Solihull.
Early Help is providing support to families early, through use of information available and ability to identify indicators which may possibly lead to problems for families. We are looking towards building resilient and confident communities. It was great to share with Tina, the passion to make efforts to make our Solihull strong, being there for each other. It was energizing and motivating to see so many people and professionals wanting to do more for Solihull children, young people and families.
Happy New Year everyone! As we look back to 2014, we had some great experiences. Working with Early Help Board, pledging as Early Intervention Champion with Early Intervention Foundation, learning about services like Families First, participating in School Nurse consultation to name a few. But we are even more excited for what 2015 has in store for us. This year we aim to meet more parent groups in the borough, understanding people and spreading awareness and raising confidence for happy lives, to build up ‘Strong and Resilient’ community.
We need more parents/ carers from the borough, to take the work of spreading confidence in community further. This year we will try to reach people, those who are not on social media. Please get in touch with us, we will share what we do. Ask your questions and learn in the process. Then pass that learning, to your friend circle. This may eventually start reaching to people not on internet.
We look forward to working with more people this year. Have a great 2015!
With lot of parents looking for jobs, we had a great opportunity meeting team from Solihull for Success. The two main sites to look for jobs are Solihull for Success and (filter to Solihull and Birmingham) wmjobs
There are 4 work clubs too. 2 in the South at Hobs Moat and Shirley Libraries and 2 in the North at our Excellence in the Community Outreach Centres at Smith’s Wood Sports College and Coleshill Heath Primary School. We can get employment support, advice and guidance here.
But as we are looking for jobs , it helps to do some voluntary work to add to our skill and confidence. Visit do-it While we look for jobs we can make better use of time by doing some voluntary work that interests us.
If you ever have any questions no matter how small or silly, please write to us and we can find answers to them together.
Blue balloons named World Gratitude day, people writing on post-aids and on black board ‘What they are grateful for?’ looked interesting. We came to know, World Gratitude day (on 21st Sept) was being celebrated by the team of The Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues. They are doing research among children and adults across the nation to know more about who are people grateful for?
As the name suggests…Familes come first, lives come first, people come first. Thank you Ian. It was great to know about the intensive support provided to families in the borough by Families First multi-agency service. The team workers aim to improve communication, information and developing problem-solving skills among people. The team supports families in becoming independent and taking charge of their lives. What we see is happy families. Together we will look towards building communities…where everyone feels confident and cared for.
We are with you… by spreading awareness of the noble work and finding ways to build, strong and resilient communities. Do we have any ideas which can help our community?
Lot of children are enjoying reading in Solihull by participating in Summer Reading Challenge 2014 across local Solihull Libraries. Theme this year is ‘ Mythical Maze’. All of us can find our nearest library at http://www.solihull.gov.uk/libraries This is a great scheme which has encouraged reading in children over the years. However to make the effort of Solihull libraries worthwhile, we need to keep encouraging our children to completer their challenges by reading 6 books over the summers. On completion children are awarded certificate and medal at library or in their school assemblies.