A series of events is to be held in communities throughout Birmingham to provide information about the new citywide early years health and wellbeing service.
The public events will run from 11 to 22 September in existing ‘early years’ settings across the city.
The sessions will offer:
• information about the plans for the new service
• an opportunity for anyone interested to ask questions
• the chance to discuss local needs with members of the delivery team
• details about getting involved in services in your are
Representatives of the citywide health visiting service and local third sector partner for each respective district will be on hand at each event to talk about the service.
The sessions, which follow a major public consultation led by service commissioners Birmingham City Council, are run by the early years service delivery partnership:
• Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
• Spurgeons Children’s Charity
• St Paul’s Community Development Trust
• The Springfield Project
The new early years health and wellbeing service is designed to give all families of pre-school children accessible, community-based services in their own homes, GP surgeries, children’s centres and a number of other community venues, with extra help available to those that need it.
Due to launch on 1 November, it brings together current health visiting and children’s centre services, creating local ‘early years hubs’ where families can access the help they need from pregnancy until their child starts school.
The views of parents and carers across the city will play a crucial part in designing a service that is for, in and of each community and capable of meeting particular local needs.
The key aims of the service are to:
• support children to lead healthy lifestyles with advice on healthy diet and staying active
• ensure children develop well physically, emotionally and socially
• help keep children safe
• advise families on parenting and emotional wellbeing and offer extra family support when situations are challenging.
• support communities to develop accessible services that families really want by creating opportunities to listen to local people and develop new services together.
Gareth Howells, nursing and therapies director at Birmingham Community Healthcare, said:
“As a partnership of organisations currently delivering services in the city, we look forward to continuing our work with pre-school children and their families in communities throughout Birmingham.
“We look forward to meeting families – and anyone else with an interest – at this series of events and harnessing that collective will to work together to give every child in this city the best start in life so they can achieve their full potential.”
Information about events in your area will be available at a wide range of NHS and children’s centres and also circulated by social media.
If you would like to check forthcoming dates and venues, please phone 0121 466 7281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.