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Thank you for all the interactions over the years. However, this account will be dormant until further notice, as Chris and I have decided to move on. It has been a learning curve since we joined Solihull Parents’ Forum(SPF) in 2010.
SPF has been a platform for all parents to share their concerns and experiences with parents on the forum, who then shared them with services to bring about a positive change. As we know, each one of us is unique, with varied life experiences. Some people may reach out to services to give feedback, while some of us, though we feel passionately about the cause, may not feel comfortable sharing our views. EACH view is important. When we share our views like…’I felt confident as I knew the next steps while using a service’ or ‘I did not feel comfortable with the service as no one responded to my message’, we help build up intelligence around a service to bring about the changes needed to deliver effective service for the well-being of all.
I had beautiful moments through SPF, that helped me learn and grow. I would cherish attending events and meeting people working to improve lives and bringing positive energy to others lives. Hearing from researchers and community workers that studies prove, safe and loved childhood forms a strong, confident foundation for all individuals and helps improve their life chances. They are better equipped to handle difficult situations in relationships and career.
There is a lot of good work going around and support available from various sources. Keep believing in yourself. Somebody once told me, ‘People in general are good. If you don’t know something. Just ask. They would love to help.’
Health Exchange is going to be with us at our next meeting on Thursday 16th June 2016 at 10.00am. We met Phyllis Bailey from Health Exchange at the Early Help Roadshow in February 2016. Health Exchange has been supporting communities to achieve better health and well being since 2013 in Solihull.
We asked her, ‘ Who can access the service?’ It is a free service for everyone 16 or over and having a Solihull-registered GP or live in Solihull area. During our first meeting, we discuss with our Health Trainer, the kind of lifestyle changes we wish to make. They provide ongoing support and resources to make long term lifestyle choices stick.
You are welcome to share your questions with Phyllis on Thursday 16th June at The Encore and know more how this service may benefit you and your friends. At the same time, this meeting is about parents and discussing what matters in our daily life. Services may help us know how they support us.
Young people are our future and we attended Young Solihull AGM to get to know more. It was fascinating to meet the group. Theo Thompson from the team shared work by various youth groups and the vision of community TV which would display what youth groups in the community do and motivate others to join. He emphasised use of social media to compliment other ways of publicity in community work as most people are on their mobiles these days.
MAD House team was represented by Nicola Brady. They are doing a phenomenal work in community development by providing provision for 11-18 years in the field of Music, Art and Dance.
We then met Wesley Thomas from Aspired Limited. They build up practical skills for young people interested in music, DJ services. They provide accreditions in the field and help young people find jobs. Finding jobs has been a challenge.
We also had an update from Early Help team. They can be contacted at 0121 709 7000. Direct Work team provides focussed support to young people with child sexual workers and youth offending team with them. Community Development wing provides support to already exisiting community groups those serve children, young people and families. Community Capacity team works to build up skills in the community.
The evening had a perfect ending by a video made by young people. They shared what young people in Solihull like and not like about Solihull. They were confident and we can move ahead by listening to and working with them.
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.
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.