Wirral launches new Early Help partnership model with community organisations

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Wirral Council’s Early Help and Prevention Service is working with community organisations to deliver early help to families across Wirral who need it most – forming the ‘Community Matters Partnership’.

Community Matters will see a new and innovative way of working, with the main goal of helping families and children get the services they need, when they need them.

Seven providers will now work together alongside existing council teams, using a joined-up approach to give families the help they need to improve their daily lives.

This new way of working will make it easier for families to access the services if needed, and get straight forward and effective support from one place. The partnership will create a stronger link between council teams and voluntary community groups to deliver effective support.

Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Cllr Bernie Mooney, said: “This new model for Wirral’s Early Help offer will ensure, as always, those families who need help and support gets this when they need it.

“The providers all have vast experience of working with families, with many already forging strong relationships with parents and communities, helping to achieve the best outcome for children. 

“I have every confidence that this partnership will go from strength to strength and deliver even more effective support to improve the daily lives of those children who need it most.”

Organisations that make up Community Matters include: HomeStart, Wired, North Birkenhead Development Trust, WEB Merseyside, Caritas, Fender Community School and Capacity – the public service lab, who  look at developing Wirral’s Early Help offer further to make it more sustainable. With one other provider due to start April 2019, who will focus on supporting the mental health of children or families needing support.

The partnership will work to support providers keen to ensure that services are delivered to those in need, and is set to work alongside an additional organisation who will be delivering an initiative to tackle food poverty across Wallasey.

The new partnership has been launched to Wirral’s children’s services staff and partner organisations and is already working with families and children.

For more information about Community Matters please email [email protected] or telephone 0151 608 6510.

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