Early Help Partnership Sutton Coldfield

‘Early Help’ is a new city-wide approach which aims to connect families with local community services. This is a partnership of Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Children’s Trust, NHS organisations, West Midlands Police, and BVSC on behalf of the voluntary sector.

As an established, central community asset; Our Place Support have been chosen to deliver the ‘Community Connector’ element of the Early Help model for Sutton Coldfield in partnership with Spurgeons.

Our aim is to build on the strong partnership links already established in our community enabling us to ensure that every family has easy access to the support they need, when they need it – whether this is information on holiday activities, specialist provision or support with more complex situations.

What is a Community Connector?

Our Community Connectors have an excellent knowledge of the local community; the services available, gaps in support and the ‘needs’ of our children, young people and families.

Using this knowledge and experience our Community Connectors; Danielle Williams and Dawn Latham work together to connect families and schools with the information and support services they need.

How can I access support?

You can access Early Help support by completing a Family Connect form, this form can be completed by professionals or families themselves and lets us know the information or support needed.

Click here and then scroll down to complete a Family Connect form.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to us we are available on 0121 354 40 80 or you can email our Community Connectors on CommunityConnectors@OurPlaceSupport.Org

Asset Register

As part of the Early Help approach each area is creating and managing an asset register; listing the services and activities available for families locally. This is updated on a regular basis and distributed locally to local schools, GPs, community groups and is available to the wider community. You can access the latest version of the Asset Register by emailing us on CommunityConnectors@OurPlaceSupport.Org

Early Help Training Sessions for Professionals.

There are two types of training sessions available to local professionals as part of the Early Help offer.

  • Information Sessions provide the opportunity to learn about the new Early Help offer. These can be accessed by booking a place on an available course listed below or by arranging for one of our team to deliver a session specifically for your organisation.
  • Awareness Raising Sessions are open access sessions focused on a specific topic relevant to our local community. These sessions aim to raise awareness, service engagement and provide new knowledge/skills to local professionals.

Upcoming Training Dates

To book a session please email Training@OurPlaceSupport.Org confirming the number of places required and the names of each attendee.

Information Sessions:

All sessions are currently delivered via Zoom.

  • Tuesday 15th June, 10am – 11am
  • Thursday 24th June, 2pm-3pm
  • Wednesday 30th June, 10am -11am
  • Tuesday 6th July, 10am -11am
  • Thursday 8th July, 2pm-3pm
  • Tuesday 15th July, 10am-11am

Awareness Raising Sessions:

  • Safe and Thriving – Supporting children and families in the wake of Covid – 22nd June, 10am-11am. Hosted by Beacon Family Services.
  • Benefits to Support Families – An introduction to Benefit Checks – 29th June, 10am-11am. Hosted by Our Place Advice Service.
  • Child Abuse Linked to Faith and Belief – An brief introduction – 1st July, 10am-11am. Hosted by Our Place Mentoring Scheme

Please note that all sessions have a maximum number of attendees to encourage an interactive learning environment. Book early to secure places.