Connecting services and communities in ten localities

Tuesday, 21 April, 2020

Families are facing significant challenges during the Covid-19 emergency.  The nature of the pandemic and impact on income and health means many families who were doing well may now struggle once restrictions are lifted.
Across Birmingham we have had a tremendous response to help these families, from schools checking-in, to the voluntary sector stepping-up, and health, GPs, police, social care and other partners working tirelessly.

But there is a need to coordinate this help in each locality.  So Birmingham Children’s Partnership is accelerating plans for a new model of connected services and communities to help families in ten localities across the city.  Here are some of the changes for children, young people and families:

  1. Each of the ten localities will be led by a voluntary sector and public sector partner.  There will be frequent partnership meetings to coordinate support.
  2. All local universal services (e.g. nurseries, schools, GPs) can contact their locality for advice and guidance from professionals.  We want to build relationships between local services to serve our communities.
  3. You will be worried about some families during Covid-19, so local schools and universal services can refer families to the locality arrangements to arrange extra support.
  4. There will be resilience funding available for individual families in the week commencing 27th April.  The money is for emergency help such as food, nappies, medicines, supplies.
  5. There is a community grant fund for voluntary, community and faith groups who are supporting vulnerable families during the Covid-19 emergency.

Go to www.birmingham.gov.uk/Covid19CYPF for more details including a mind map of locality and city-wide contacts.

The ten localities are: Edgbaston, Northfield, Erdington, Hall Green, Hodge Hill, Ladywood, Perry Barr, Selly Oak, Sutton Coldfield and Yardley.  We understand that schools are arranged by clusters and GPs are in Primary Care Networks.  So these new locality arrangements are about developing personal relationships rather than being focused on geographies.

This is part of the Birmingham Children’s Partnership response to Covid-19 for our vulnerable families.  Birmingham Children’s Partnership includes Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Children’s Trust, Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and West Midlands Police.