We work in partnership with a number of organisations across the West Midlands, sharing our skills and experiences with others, training staff, providing services to clients, lobbying for change and looking at ways we can work together to deliver services to people across the region more effectively. We work closely with a number of local programmes and services detailed below.
Ladywood Neighbourhood Network Scheme
The Neighbourhood Network Scheme is a city-wide initiative funded by Birmingham City Council. It is all about identifying and mapping health & wellbeing activities for the over 50s within the constituency wards where people live. The purpose of NNS is to ensure that as many citizens as possible aged over 50 can access community based support which can promote well-being and a better quality of life. NNS aims to do this through better co-ordination of community-based prevention & early intervention services. Partnering with Karis Neighbour Scheme, Nechells Pod and Soho First, Birmingham Settlement is the Lead agency for the Ladywood Constituency, who along with partners oversee and co-ordinate the work of the project. Our work involves project support workers across the 4 wards of Ladywood, Nechells, Aston, Soho & Jewellery Quarter getting to know the activities & services available to over 50s on their patch. Workers are also tasked with identifying and filling in local gaps in provision by operating a small grants scheme to enable existing or new and emerging groups to try new things. They also provide training and support to groups & undertake community infrastructure support. We work also work closely with the Ladywood social work team to link them up with groups so they can refer their clients to groups where they take part in meaningful health and wellbeing activities within their own communities.
Early Help for Children & Families
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 is 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