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Networking Together

Network events and meetings are held throughout the year to facilitate voluntary, community and faith sector organisations to work together with schools, local authority children’s services and health partners.

The meetings and events enable Wirral professionals working with children, young people and families to keep up to date on new initiatives and services and share best practice.

Keep checking the web pages for dates and further details or email Lynn Loughran to be added to the relevant mailing list to receive direct invitations and further news.

Lunch & Learn

A series of virtual information sessions for people working with Wirral children, young people and their families.

Want to know more about the services available to the children, young people and families that you work with?

The Community Matters Early Help Team have arranged a series of information sessions, delivered via MS Teams, showcasing services across Wirral.

Each half-hour session will feature a presentation from a local service and the opportunity to ask questions directly to them. Sessions will also be recorded so you can listen back at any time.

Confirmed sessions in our schedule are below but more dates will be added, so keep checking back to this page for details.

Thursday 3rd February 2022 – Wirral Youth Justice Service, supporting Wirral’s young people to leave crime behind
In the session we will talk through the two strands of our work – voluntary and statutory, the types of young people that we work with and our approach to supporting them in moving forward with their lives, away from crime.  This will include our work with those who have seriously harmed others with violence or sexual offending, those involved in county lines (drug supply) and those who are on the fringe of committing crime and need some support to steer them in the right direction.  Also how we are using a psychology-led approach with some young people to deepen our understanding of their behaviour and the best methods of intervening with them.

Tuesday 8th February 2022Early Childhood Services
Head of Service, Carol Fenlon will introduce a series of sessions being delivered by Early Childhood Services, by giving an overview of the work that they do.

Thursday 10th February 2022Early Childhood SEND Services
SEND Manager Penny Bishop will tell us about the services available to families with a baby or young child with a disability or additional needs

Tuesday 15th February 2022Early Childhood Services Business Support, Quality Improvement and Training
An overview from the Business Support team of the funding entitlements for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds, including how providers are supported to ensure every child on Wirral receives the best quality. This will also include a brief look at the family information service and how families can access information, help and advice.
Plus an overview of the Quality Improvement and Training team’s role

  • supporting and advising the childcare providers on Wirral
  • providing a comprehensive training programme

Thursday 3rd March 2022Early Childhood Services Family Work offer
Senior Practitioners from the three localities will share with you what our Early Help family work offer consists of for families with children under the age of 5 years, including the range of parenting programmes that are available from ECS and the process for requesting this support.

Tuesday 15th March 2022Early Childhood Services School Readiness
School readiness coordinators will share with you what children’s centre activities are on offer for families across Wirral and what early learning opportunities families can access.

All sessions will start at 12:30pm, meaning you can listen in whilst eating your lunch.

Email Lynn Loughran for codes to join each session.

If you’re interested in presenting your service at a future session, or you want to ensure you are directly notified of  new sessions, email Lynn Loughran

Previous Lunch & Learn sessions

Click on the titles to view videos of past sessions:

Tuesday 18th January 2022 – Gambling Harms Prevention
The session looks at an overview of gambling related harms including a background to the issue, statistics related to the prevalence in adults and young people, how to identify gambling related harms and the help, support and treatment available for both adults and young people. It also looks at the more detailed training packages Beacon Counselling Trust offer.

Thursday 13th January 2022 – Crea8ing Community, formerly Crea8ing Careers
This session gives an overview of their service provision and support to families on the Wirral. Specialism in trauma-informed practice and support for both parents and professionals. Primary delivery partner for the Wirral High Intensity Therapeutic Intervention programme.
Crea8ing Community – What do we do (1)

January 2022 – Paediatric respiratory infections – raising awareness amongst parents/carers
Find out about the common childhood virus, RSV, and what advice and support is available for parents and carers

November 2021 – Brook Education
Brook Education are commissioned to deliver education sessions for young people and training for professionals on a broad range of topics within the relationships and sexual health umbrella. Find out more about what is on offer and how to book.

November 2021 – An introduction to Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)
VIG is a strength-based intervention to enhance communications within relationships. This session gives you an insight into VIG in more detail – who may benefit from VIG and how you can refer families you are working with. 

November 2021 – Family Matters service
Family Matters are a level 3 service supporting children, young people and families across Wirral, we take a whole family approach to support. Within Family Matters we have the Targeted Family Support service, Adolescent Response Team, Pre-Birth and Infant team and Family Group Conference team. Hear more about the services and support we provide and how support can be accessed for families across Wirral.
CAV Referral Form         Virtual Parenting Programme – Referral form

October 2021 – The Hive Youth Zone
The Hive gave an update on their current sessions, mentoring, school activities and bespoke programmes, such as employability, plus much more, such as the parents and baby group, and how to access them.

September 2021– The Reader
Please note that there were some connection issues during this recording but stick with it, the information is all there!
The Reader is a charity promoting a unique way of enjoying literature, by sharing it together aloud through Shared Reading groups. Through the First Page families project, we encourage parents and carers to confidently read with their children to give them the best possibilities in life.
Information about First Page

September 2021 – Wirral Attendance Service – what do we do and how we can connect with your service
A short presentation about the areas of responsibility covered by Wirral Attendance Service.
Slides – Wirral Attendance Service

July 2021 – Tomorrow’s Women Wirral
Tomorrow’s Women Wirral gave a talk about the services they offer as part of their main charity for adult women 18+, as well as their newest project Tomorrow’s Young Women, working with young women aged 14-17.

July 2021 – Detached youth work in Wirral
Find out what detached youth work is and what it offers young people in Wirral.
New Horizons      New Horizons Juniors

July 2021 – RASA (Rape & Sexual Abuse) Centre Merseyside
Hear about the services that RASA has for children and young people, including counselling, ISVA and training courses for parents. You’ll also find out how RASA takes referrals and about any waiting times.

June 2021 – Wirral’s Speech and Language Pathway
Sarah Harper from the Early Childhood Service presented an overview of Wirral’s speech and language pathway, including how your service can support children’s speech and language, as well as who and when to refer children to.
Wirral Communication & Language Pathway Booklet
Speech and Language Check 17 – 19 months leaflet for parents and professionals

May 2021 – Foundation Years Trust
Find out about their Peep Learning Together groups in the community and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for families with pre-school children and babies.

May 2021 – ADDvanced Solutions
ADDvanced Solutions support parents and carers who have children with a neurodevelopmental condition – Autism, ADHD, sensory processing difficulties, challenging behaviours – pre, during and post diagnosis.

April 2021 – The Cradle to Career Programme 
Aiming to tackle the inequality gap for children and young people in North Birkenhead by transforming how public services, education providers and residents work together to maximise their collective impact
Slides: Cradle to Career – A Short Intro

April 2021 – Safe Families
Safe Families work to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer help and support, providing Family Friends, Host Families and Resource Friends to help parents get back on their feet

April 2021 -Koala North West 1001 Days Programme
Launched in April 2021, the programme has expanded services for 0-2’s, whilst bringing interventions together under the umbrella of Wirral’s First 1001 Days offer, in collaboration with families, Early Help/Early Childhood Services, Health and Social Care.

March 2021 – United Utilities support for those financially impacted by Covid-19 
Clare Jones from United Utilities gave an overview of the wide range of support available for their customers, for those that are struggling with their water bills or for vulnerable customers that may need support from Priority Services. There is also a leaflet available – see below
United Utilities leaflet

March 2021 – Wirral SEND Partnership 
The SEND Information, Advice and Support Service for Wirral. Find out who they are, who they support, the services provide and how you can refer into their service.

VCF Link Forum

VCF (Voluntary, Community and Faith) Link Forum meetings are held for those working with Wirral children, young people and families within voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector organisations, enabling them to share information and work in partnership.

See here for more details

Home School Link Worker Forum

The Home-School Link Worker Forum was established to enable those school staff who work with families to meet with representatives from early help services to share information and best practice on how to best support the families in their school. It is planned to hold meetings half-termly.

See here for more details