In response to Covid-19, Birmingham Children’s Partnership rapidly set up a network of ten voluntary sector Early Help leads to co-ordinate family support locally in neighbourhoods where people live. This is a new way of supporting families in Birmingham.
Early help focuses on building on a family’s strengths and interests and offers positive, practical support to help manage difficult issues and challenges.
Accord is the voluntary sector lead partner for Early Help in the Hall Green locality. Our Hall Green Families & Early Help teams work across Moseley and Kings Heath, Sparkhill, Sparkbrook, Balsall Heath and Hall Green. We support children, young people and families through:
- Sharing information and connecting people to local services, community groups and activities. The aim is to make it easier for people to get the support they need near to where they live.
- Providing advice and guidance through telephone support, email and social media.
- Managing a Covid-19 Relief Small Grants programme for voluntary, community and faith groups who are directly supporting vulnerable families during the Covid-19 emergency.
- Connecting families to extra support via the Family Connect approach.
- Co-ordinating resilience fund applications up to £150 per families in need with children. This money is for emergency help such as food, nappies, medicines, supplies.
We work closely with Birmingham Children’s Trust, Hall Green Early Years Team, schools, nurseries, the youth service, health, faith communities and active local organisations. More details about the citywide Early Help can be found at www.birmingham.gov.uk/Covid19CYPF. Here you will also find a map on how to access further citywide resources and help for children and families.
Birmingham Children’s Partnership includes Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Children’s Trust, Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and West Midlands Police. All voluntary sector leads are supported by Birmingham Voluntary Services Council.