One of us had a dream he was a lifeguard. He was doing his best but people were drowning all around him. We bet it’s your nightmare too: social workers, health workers, teachers, anyone.
We’re front line staff who wanted to make a difference. We help the drowning but those slipping into difficulty too often have to be side-lined.
We just don’t have time. It might be the job we want to do but it’s not the one we get paid for. We know they will get picked up at some point – when things get worse or maybe on some other services’ radar.
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I’m the Director of Grapevine in Coventry and Warwickshire. Together with Central England Law Centre who received funding from the Early Neighbourhood Fund we’ve formed IGNITE.
We’re very curious about how you really make deep change happen in big complex systems dealing with big complex social problems.
So is Collaborate – an independent CIC focusing on the thinking, culture and practice of cross-sector collaboration in order to improve services to the public.
On 15th January we learned about a move to promote ‘Open Dialogue’ from Finland to the UK, an approach to working with families and networks in crisis with astonishing results already in Kent and Medway NHS.
They have a facebook group Open Dialogue UK.
To find out more about the work in Kent contact Yasmin Ishaq, Kent County Council / Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.
Building resourceful communities is key to trailblazing early action in Southwark and Lambeth, and beyond.
A blog By Jennifer Beckwith at Community Links assesses the launch of Southwark and Lambeth Early Action Commission’s forward-looking report Local early action: how to make it happen
NCVO have launched a set of pages dedicated to early action for the voluntary sector.
They will be regularly updated over the next few months.
Follow this link to visit the pages, you can also sign up to NCVO’s Public Services Delivery Network newsletter to receive updates.
Simple small innovations that prevent loneliness and isolation among older people are described in The Conversation.
The Conversation is an online collaboration between journalists and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary that’s free to read and republish.
Love Barrow Families, co-ordinated by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Cumbria County Council, is a project designed to improve the way that adult and children’s health and social care services work together to meet the complex needs of local families.
Lankelly Chase who fund the work say the project supports the whole family, assessing their real needs and discovering the skills and assets of the people in that family, and those surrounding them, to produce a specially-targeted package of support.
Staff at Love Barrow Families have daily contact with the families they work with, giving practical and emotional support to people who are often in crisis, consistently and without judgement.
For more information: www.cumbriapartnership.nhs.uk and http://lankellychase.org.uk/project-summary/love-barrow-families/
From Scotland comes a new positive pathway for older people from hospital to home. It helped ensure people were not unnecessarily delayed inside hospital care.