Category Archives: Early Help

Thank You!

Thank you for all the interactions over the years. However, this account will be dormant until further notice, as Chris and I have decided to move on. It has been a learning curve since we joined Solihull Parents’ Forum(SPF) in 2010.

SPF has been a platform for all parents to share their concerns and experiences with parents on the forum, who then shared them with services to bring about a positive change. As we know, each one of us is unique, with varied life experiences. Some people may reach out to services to give feedback, while some of us, though we feel passionately about the cause, may not feel comfortable sharing our views. EACH view is important. When we share our views like…’I felt confident as I knew the next steps while using a service’ or ‘I did not feel comfortable with the service as no one responded to my message’, we help build up intelligence around a service to bring about the changes needed to deliver effective service for the well-being of all.

I had beautiful moments through SPF, that helped me learn and grow. I would cherish attending events and meeting people working to improve lives and bringing positive energy to others lives. Hearing from researchers and community workers that studies prove, safe and loved childhood forms a strong, confident foundation for all individuals and helps improve their life chances. They are better equipped to handle difficult situations in relationships and career.

There is a lot of good work going around and support available from various sources. Keep believing in yourself. Somebody once told me, ‘People in general are good. If you don’t know something. Just ask. They would love to help.’

It’s bye for now lovely parents and carers.

SEE YOU AROUND!

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Divya

Invitation to SPF meeting on Thursday 16th June 2016

SPF invitation June 2016We would like to invite parents and carers to our next public meeting on Thursday 16th June 2016 10.00 am-12.00 noon at Encore formerly known as Arts Complex Cafe, Theatre Square, in front of Solihull Library. Let’s meet. It is an informal meeting to listen to what matters to Solihull parents and share what we did in 2015-16. Plese let us know if you would be joining us, to help estimate numbers. Feel free to come with friends. We would be happy to personally invite members of parent groups. Please contact us. We cover all areas of parenting including financial support as it helps improve life chances of children. Hopefully, by meeting each other we feel more confident to share concerns or feedback in future to improve services in Solihull and make a difference!

Looking forward to seeing you in person, soon!

Urban Heard

Urban HeardWe recently spoke to Urban Heard, a youth-led community interest company that works with young people to

  • build resilience
  • implement prevention and
  • provide an effective solution to risky behaviours

and attitudes of young people in today’s world.

They work on unique 3 staged model.

  1. Deliver workshops on youth lifestyle issues like alcohol, drugs
  2. Recruit and train young people to equip them with skills to engage with other young people
  3. Organise community events to engage young people and raise awareness about different issues affecting young people

Their recent projects include alcohol, legal highs, cannabis, mental health, gambling, healthy relationships and sexual health. They can be contacted at Email: hello@urbanheard.co.uk, charlotte@urbanheard.co.uk Telephone: 0121 679 8575

It was good to know what a difference young people of Solihull are making. As a parent puts it ‘It’s very POSITIVE’

Keep up the good work! We would love to share it with more parents…

 

 

Solihull School Nurse Service

When our child first enters school, health visting advice and support is transferred from the Health Visiting Service to the School Health Service. School Nurses are trained and specialise in children health and development. They support on wide range of issues and work in partnership with other public health specialists.  Each school (excluding private) within Solihull has a dedicated School Nurse. They do cSchool Nurse Leaflet 1onfidential drop in session at all schools, termly at each primary school and fortnightly at secondary schools.

They can be contacted 09.00am to 05.00pm, Monday to Friday throughout the year, including school holidaSchool Nurse Leaflet 2ys.

Tel: North Solihull 0121 770 1919 South Solihull 0121 746 4550 Twitter: @SolSchNurses

Posters here give more information about them. We can reach them through schools or independently. In case of concerns about our children’s health, development or behaviour speak to them. Let us know, if you have any questions in reaching out to them. Share this information with other parents you know. It can save some sleepless nights…

Early Help Presentations

On 30th September, it was a great opportunity to have an Early Help overview for all partners, for each of the three areas of Early Help activity – Direct Work (directly supporting children, young people and families), Community Development (supporting existing organisations in the community in supporting people), Community Capacity (providing support to build up skill level in community)

It was enriching to meet people from different streams passionate about ‘lives not services’. We spoke to people working with youth, community housing, voluntary organisations, excited to work in partnership.

The idea of Early Help is preventing issues. It is a noble idea. We need to believe and extend hand to each other. If you have any questions, would like to be involved or aware of someone or some area that needs support, please write to us and together we can make a change!

 

Universal Credit and Early Help at SPF meeting

It was lovely to meet you on Fri 19th June. Alison McGregory, lead on Universal Credit explained how benefits come together under Universal Credit. We discussed criteria for Universal Credit, Benefit Cap. The main aim of Universal Credit is to encourage people to start earning. Support to success http://www.solihull.gov.uk/supporttosuccess has identified six key areas (http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Portals/0/Support_to_success.pdf) to support people in being successful. Have you seen the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0spOZzlhCGk&feature=youtu.be

Andy Giles, SMBC then shared how Early Help SPF Jun 2015is 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…

 

 

Early Help discussions

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Can help make long term savings in public spending – Early Intervention report Spending in Late Intervention (http://www.eif.org.uk/publications/spending-on-late-intervention-how-we-can-do-better-for-less/ ) says, ‘Picking up the pieces from damaging social problems affecting young people such as mental health problems, going into care, unemployment and youth crime costs the Government almost £17 billion a year, new research shows.’

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!