Sandwell Early Help Partnership held an event on 21st November 2018. The aim was for everyone to leave with a better understanding of the issues and challenges that our children, young people and families face, increased knowledge of the services available and lastly a roster of new contacts enabling the building of new partnerships.
The event was really well attended with over 70 people all from different sectors including the voluntary and community sector, education, Children’s Trust and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.
Attendees were asked what the most important opportunity they wanted to gain from the event, networking came out on top with knowing what support can be better provided by working together to achieve more.
Delegates were asked what their biggest concern or worry about the issues and challenges facing children and young people – mental health came out as the highest concern. They were also asked a similar question around issues and challenges facing parents and carers – parental skills came out top closely followed by poverty and personal circumstances.
Questions were then ask around what could be improved
What one thing would improve the way you work with other support organiastions? 35% felt better communication between agencies would improve the way we work together.
What local resources and assets could we make more use of in supporting children and young people? 44% felt our collective knowledge and skills are the biggest assets that we could make more use of.
Sandwell Family Life was promoted and demonstrated. – www.sandwellfamilylife.info is an online portal outlining a range of universal services available for children, young people and families from different Sectors.
If your organisation’s services are not already registered on the portal then we would urge you to do so.
The Early Help Partnership Team will use the information from the event to inform how it organises, structures and runs events in the future. They will look to host more town based, borough wide and thematic events, responding to the issues and challenges identified by the Partnership’s Members.
What is the Early Help Partnership?
The Sandwell Early Help Partnership brings together schools, voluntary agencies, community organisations, faith groups, Sandwell Council, health providers, police and fire services and others, to work more closely supporting children and families in Sandwell. The Partnership believes that all children and young people growing up in Sandwell deserve the best possible start in life and should have access to a wide range of opportunities to grow and develop into healthy, happy individuals and active citizens within our community. Partnership activities encourage stronger networking between agencies to enable a more helpful, joined up support offer to be available for Sandwell families.
If you are not yet a member of the Early Help Partnership or are not listed on Sandwell Family Life then please get in touch with Amelia at SCVO – firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0121 525 1127