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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!
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.
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.
It was a great opportunity for us to be at Shirley Volunteering Fair celebrating the Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June. It was supported by SUSTAIN. It felt good to meet actual people behind the names we often hear and read about. It was a pleasure to discuss what volunteers can do and add smiles in people’s lives. Thank you Barnardo’s, ReCOM, Family Care Trust, SoLO, Health Exchange, Samaritans, Marie Curie and several other organisations present. We found if there is a desire to support the community there are volunteering jobs from child care, clinic, listening to people, health, IT, adding value to all lives including disabilities, elderly.
In addition volunteering also develops confidence amongst us and keeps us fit as we meet different people. We treasure these organisations in Solihull and would be happy to share awareness among people about them at all times.
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.
Solihull Council is asking for feedback on proposed changes to the borough’s Children’s Centre services. From April 2015, the national budget for Children’s Centres will reduce. Despite this, the Council still wants to provide the best possible service which is why changes are being proposed.
People can read more about the proposals and fill in an online survey at: www.solihull.gov.uk/childrenscentres until Sunday 6 July. The feedback received will inform how the Council continues to provide ‘early childhood services’ for young children and their families.
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