Families are facing significant challenges during the Covid-19 emergency, and many will continue to have greater
needs once the restrictions have lifted.

Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Children’s Trust and other statutory and VCS organisations in Birmingham are working in partnership to respond to needs during this challenging time. New early help schemes have been set up in 10 localities across the city to respond to Covid 19. The ten localities are: Edgbaston, Northfield, Erdington, Hall Green, Hodge Hill, Ladywood, Perry Barr, Selly Oak, Sutton Coalfield and Yardley. Each of the ten localities will be led by a voluntary sector and public sector partner, with Birmingham Settlement being the lead for the Ladywood locality.

Our role involves connecting and working with nurseries, schools and other educational establishments to support vulnerable children, young people and their families living in the locality. Our early help approach involves:

• Coordinating support to local families through weekly partnership meetings.
• Providing advice and guidance to local partners.
• Collating a list of families we are worried about.
• Mapping local support and resources that families can draw on.
• Providing access to community grants that voluntary, community, and faith groups can apply for.
• Access to resilience funding for families helping with money, food, medicines, white goods etc.

If you would like to refer a family the form you need to use can be found at www.birmingham.gov.uk/Covid19CYPF,
or you can email us at childrenandfamilies@bsettlement.org.uk
Early Help