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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.

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 want to tell us about your service at a future session, email Lynn Loughran

Tuesday 28th September – The Reader
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.

Tuesday 12th October 2021 – The Hive Youth Zone
The Hive will be updating you about their current sessions, mentoring, school activities and bespoke programmes, such as employability. There are also other programmes that we will update you on and how to access them, such as the parents and baby group. We look forward to seeing you.

Thursday 21st October 2021 – Safe Harbour Project
A project that cares for staff members who may have suffered anxiety/trauma/increased use of alcohol or other substances to self sooth during lockdown.

Tuesday 2nd 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. Come along to hear more about the services and support we provide and how support can be accessed for families across Wirral.

Thursday 11th November 2021 – An introduction to Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)
VIG is a strength-based intervention to enhance communications within relationships. This session will give you an insight into VIG in more detail – who may benefit from VIG, how you can refer families you are working with and you will also get the opportunity to ask the VIG practitioners any questions. 

Tuesday 23rd 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.

Previous Lunch & Learn sessions

Click on the titles to view videos of past sessions

Tuesday 9th 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.

Thursday 25th March 2021 – United Utilities support for those financially impacted by Covid-19 
Clare Jones from United Utilities will give 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

Thursday 8th April 2021 -Koala North West 1001 Days Programme
Due to be launched in April, it will expand 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.

Tuesday 13th 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

Thursday 29th 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

Tuesday 11th 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.

Thursday 27th 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.

Thursday 24th June 2021 – Wirral’s Speech and Language Pathway
Sarah Harper from the Early Childhood Service will present An overview of Wirral’s speech and language pathway. This will include 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

Tuesday 6th 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.

Tuesday 13th July – 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

Thursday 15th July 2021 – Tomorrow’s Women Wirral
Tomorrow’s Women Wirral will be presenting 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. Join in to hear more about the women’s service and how you can get involved.

Tuesday 7th 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

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

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