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.

Locality Priorities

The priority areas for Sutton Coldfield have been formulated and are monitored by the locality steering group and are based on area data and feedback from professionals working directly with local children, young people and families.

The 5 priority areas for Sutton Coldfield are:

  • Children and Young Peoples Mental Health
  • Youth Provision to to reduce and prevent instances of child criminal exploitation and antisocial behaviour.
  • Mapping of age appropriate and accessible child sexual exploitation services for education, prevention and support.
  • Parental Mental Health
  • Parenting Support

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 soon to be available locally to local schools, GPs and community groups.  To add your service to the Asset Register contact 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. All information and awareness sessions are currently delivered online via zoom unless otherwise requested.

Information Sessions:

  • Tuesday 12th October 2pm
  • Tuesday 19th October 10am
  • Tuesday 2nd November 6pm
  • Wednesday 10th November 2pm
  • Thursday 2nd December 10am
  • Tuesday 7th December 10am
  • Tuesday 14th December 2pm

If you would like to book an information session exclusively for your team please contact us on CommunityConnectors@OurPlaceSupport.Org

Awareness Raising Sessions:

  • MindseyeA Gang awareness session by Simeon Moore – 12th October 11am-12noon

Preventing Child Criminal Exploitation is a key target for Sutton Coldfield Early Help Partnership and with that in mind we introduce a series of sessions highlighting the dangers of gang culture.

On 12th October Simeon Moore will be delivering a Gang Awareness session as an introduction to our Primary School workshops which will be taking place in Sutton Coldfield Schools during the Autumn Term.

Simeon is a writer, musician and advocate for young people. He was a member of a notorious Birmingham gang and now works to tackle what he sees as the glamorisation of gang culture, which gives young people aspirations to live negatively. Simeon will be sharing his lived experience, discussing how he was able to turn his life around by learning to consciously choose a better way to think based on how he wanted his life to be.

  • Child Sexual Exploitation; A Lived Expereince by Beth Thomas – 23rd November 10am-11am

Further details to follow.

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