Social services Early Help Strategy

Community resource

Mobilise the strength and resources of the community

Strong families are essential to the well-being of the community.  Strong communities are essential to the well-being of a family. This strategy will look to support community assets. A community asset can include a local primary school, a library, a play park or a neighbour. 

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In this video you will hear from: A health visitor, safeguarding lead, young person and parenting practitioner

Ann McDermott, Specialist Case Planning Lead / Heath Visitor, Manchester Local Care Organisation:

Local resources are an opportunity for parents to network with other parents and that will help build their resilience ultimately. So that when other agencies that are longer involved, hopefully there's some friendships beginning to be formed there. Certainly we try and hook families up with the local outreach worker because they're excellent at signposting families, making sure parents access certain services that we think will be beneficial. And that will all help families cope in the future and build a wider network for them in their local community.

Tom Rudd, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Newall Green Primary School:

We work really closely with the Manchester Adult Education Service. We now have a really, really strong base of some of the parents who come in.  So they have now been involved with learning directly with the Wythenshawe Forum, so rather than having to come here and do the course, they're actually going into the Forum.  So we have set up that initial meeting so the parents feel comfortable and confident; they're basically doing it for themselves.

James Plant:

So now in Levenshulme there's local cafe hubs, there's one called Inspire café, and that's essentially a central hub where people go to hang out almost, for any age, any generation. Instead of them staying at home and making a tea and coffee at home, they can go there and they can interact with other people in similar circumstances to themselves. And they can talk to other people that are of similar backgrounds and of other backgrounds as well.  It means that they can really have a wide variety of interactions among themselves. And that's very important really because it increases diversity and helps us squash prejudice. Really these community hubs and these sort of like cafe areas and youth clubs, it really helps bring them together in a community space.

Kay Field, Parenting Practitioner, Parenting Team:

On one of the courses that we deliver and we talk about 'it takes a village to raise a child' and I think that sort of encompasses the ethos behind Early Help.

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