Wolverhampton’s “WhoseShoes” workshop

As part of their commitment to engaging women and their families in the transformation of maternity services across the Black Country, the The Black Country and West Birmingham Sustainable Transformation Programme (STP) are holding a free ‘Whose Shoes’ event, to listen to the voices of women and explore potential options and solutions in the design and development of maternity services.

So if you’re a new mum or mum-to-be living in the Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton, we hope that you’ll be able to attend, to share your views, experiences or ideas.

If you’ve recently had a baby or are pregnant, this is your opportunity to play a part in shaping your local maternity services and have your say on changes within maternity services that you’d like to see, based on your own thoughts and experiences.

The “WhoseShoes” workshop is on Tuesday 17th July 2018, from 10:00 – 14:00, at the Grand Station Conference Centre, on Sun Street in Wolverhampton.

The free event will give everyone the opportunity to hear first-hand the experiences of women in a fun and informal setting and to work together to shape local services.

Children are welcome, and refreshments/lunch is included, but PLEASE NOTE booking is essential prior to the event via https://tinyurl.com/y83sohhz or by calling 01922 603062

If you would like to know more about the Whose Shoes events, please visit the link http://nutshellcomms.co.uk/ or you can follow on Facebook and Twitter #MatvoicesBC #whoseshoes #MatExp

For any enquiries about the event please email ccgcomms@walsall.nhs.uk


Early Help Training Sessions

Dudley (CYPF) Network

A series of Early Help Training sessions are being held throughout July, September and October regarding the completion of Early Help Assessments and understanding the role of the Lead Professional.

Who is the training for?
Professionals who work with children, young people and families and complete Early Help Assessments.

Learning Outcomes:

The training will provide staff with the skills to:
Complete quality Early Help Assessments.
Understand the planning process required to complete an Early Help Assessment
Understand the role of the Lead Professional and the importance of the role in the co-ordination and provision of support to families
Develop practical skills and confidence to undertake quality Early Help Assessments
All training sessions will take place from 09:30 – 12:30 at Stourbridge Family Centre, Forge Road, Stourbridge, DY1 1XF.

If you are interested in attending, please book a place by selecting from the training dates below:

Thursday 28th June 2018

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Filling In for Volunteers: A Paradox


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Seth arrived at the office early Saturday morning. It was quiet among the empty desks, almost hushed. Only one other staff member showed up, carrying a large foam coffee cup. Volunteer Hannah was sick and could not come in to answer the phones that morning. Seth had called every volunteer he could think of, but since it was last-minute, very few volunteers were at home and those who were, had plans they couldn’t change. So, Seth went in and answered the phones. After all, it had to be done, right?

We’ve all done it. Sat with a patient. Drove a client to an appointment. Filled in at events. Pulled up a chair at a table and stuffed envelopes. Manned a kitchen. Answered phones. Took visitors on a guided tour. Filed records. Completed a project. Why? Would the organization dissolve if a volunteer role went unfilled…

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