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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 

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 for professionals, 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.

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

We’re currently planning our Autumn 2021 schedule. Email Lynn Loughran if you would like to present one of the sessions

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.

Tuesday 8th June 2021 – Brook Education *postponed*
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


Early Help Networking Events

Before the COVID-19 outbreak a series of topical themed events are held for practitioners and organisations to inform professionals about services available to support children, young people and their families in Wirral. Further meetings are on hold, pending Government guidance.

Do you have an idea for a theme for a future event? Or do you want to showcase your organisation? If so, please contact Lynn Loughran.

Reports on previous events

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

Working Together to Reduce the Impact of Parental Conflict on Wirral Children and Young People

An invitation was extended from Elizabeth Hartley – Assistant Director: Early Help and Prevention, Children’s Services, to all senior leaders, managers, and team leaders from across the wider partnership to attend an event at Floral Pavilion on Tuesday 9th July.

Councillor Tom Usher, Lead Member for Children, Families and Education attended the event, keen to lend his support to this agenda which aimed to provide an opportunity to come together and consider how and why we might need to consider the effects of Parental Conflict upon children and young people, and 93 delegates from a wide range of organisations responded by attending….THANK YOU TO YOU ALL!

Please click here for more information, photos and resources from the day.

A number of training events for Reducing Parental Conflict have now been added to the training calendar. To access the calendar and book on click here