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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!
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.
It was a great experience to be at the Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group Annual General Meet on 2nd July 2014. The Governing Body shared with everyone, CCG’s achievements over the year and challanges that they face. Public Health of Solihull has improved. Premature deaths and smoking levels have reduced. 6C’s campaign (care, courage, compassion, commitment, communication, competence) is on, putting patients first.
There are lifestyle inequalities in Solihull. New providers, Health Exchange, are now supporting the community. Partnership among services will help improve lives. The aim is to promote culture of openness in Solihull, where everyone feels confident that they know they can get help. CCG urged people to share their views and get involved.
We were in London on 25th June 2014, to be part of First Anniversary of Early Intervention Foundation. It was a great opportunity to hear Graham Allen, who stepped down from the post of EIF President. Early Intervention Foundation was set up to enable best life chances to all. The key word is Partnership. We can make a huge difference in the life of people by working together. Good life for all is a priority for all.
It was also very inspiring to meet with other people sharing same passion for serving the community. We met Spurgeons, people from Department of Education research wing and Teens and Toddlers. Looking forward to working with them.
We were part of the Solihull Partnership Annual Assembly on Thu 4th June along with several councillors, private and voluntary organisations. Early Help Strategy was launched. It was a pleasure to hear Sally Bourner, Solihull Borough Police Commander speaking wih the confidence of her achievements taking all the people with her. Melanie Lockey, head of Partnership Commissioning spoke of strong and resilient communities and we share the same vision. Carey Oppenheim, CEO Early Intervention Foundation shared how Early Intervention is way forward. Supporting families early, before they get into problem can give each life best in life.
From April 2015, NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Solihull Council would be providing services and working more closely with families, schools and GPS to provide services to support young people earlier. To provide more effective services they are asking users to have their say in a consultation on future plans for community mental health services for children and young people in the Solihull area.The consultation runs from Monday 2 June until Sunday 29 June 2014.Consultation on community mental health servicesOnline Survey on CAMHS
Learn more about Volunteering opportunities In Shirley Volunteering Fair at Shirley Library on Wednesday 4th June 2014 between 01.00pm – 04.30 pm. It is a drop in event and a great opportunity to learn more about local volunteering opportunities and what volunteering can offer to you and others. Shirley Volunteer Fair leaflet 4 June
The furniture project, managed by Ray Smitherman and other local community volunteers, based in Smith’s Wood, is desperate for unwanted furniture and houehold items. The project has helped over a 1,000 families since it began and is under increasing demand for furniture to support the most vulnerable families within the borough.
If you can ask your colleagues, family and friends if they have any unwanted, good quality, items they would like to donate, including any household goods such as saucepans, plates, cutlery etc., please email Ray (firstname.lastname@example.org), and he will arrange collection. On behalf of Ray and all the volunteers involved in this much needed project, thank you for your continued support.