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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 ( ) 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, 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!




Early Help Launch Event, 05th Feb 2015

EH StrategyHere’s an event brief from how we saw it 🙂

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.

Early Help works at targeted support, universal support through schools and health and building community support. It is everyone’s business. So, speak to people mentioned here to know more and get involved. We can keep track of updated information on Early Help at




Welcome 2015

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!

Finding Jobs

JobsWith 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.