Category Archives: Social Solihull

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!