Children Centres are Fun!

What a lovely day, we had, at Mill Lodge Children Centre with Cathy Hammond, supported by Barnardo’s. All parents with children below 5 years of age can visit and use Children Centres(CC) free. Based on the needs of the parents attending, CC provide varied services like baby groups, family support, links to job centre plus, speech and language advice and many more…Parents can opt for them and some of the services may be charged. Barnados’s have identified Five to Thrive approach for positive parenting thus eventually helping all children learn basic skills to lead a happy and secure life.

All schools share children centre timetables with their parents. Also, your health visitors will be able to share more information about the CCs in your area. For a better future of your child and a great start, speak to Children Centre in your area

Solihull CCG 1st Annual General Meeting

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.

EIF First Anniversary

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.


Volunteer in Solihull

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.

Solihull Partnership Annual Assembly

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.

See the video and experience Solihull Partnership Assembly.

Views sought on changes to Children Centre services

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:  until Sunday 6 July. The feedback received will inform how the Council continues to provide ‘early childhood services’ for young children and their families.

Consultation on mental health services for children and young people in Solihull

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 services Online Survey on CAMHS


Shirley Volunteer Fair

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

Appeal by Smith’s Wood community volunteers

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 (, 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.

Early Support

Fiona Holmes, Early Support Regional Facilitator for West Midlands was at SPF.

Early Support is about changing culture and making families lead their issues better, by knowing where they can get timely help at a single point of contact. She spoke about importance of services working in partnership so that families can be of utmost priority.

In Solihull, Early Support is for all children including disabled, young people and families. Early Support helps school prepare in readiness to The Children and Families Bill that comes in Sept 14 and talks about greater parental controls.

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