VCSE Advocate Feedback from the Early Help Strategic Commissioning Board, from Angela Kerr, CEO at Citizens Advice South Somerset.
Early Help Somerset is described as “everyone’s responsibility; we want children, families, communities and agencies to work together so that families are assisted to help themselves and are supported as soon as a need arises. includes providing appropriate advice and support from a single agency, through to co-ordinated, multi-agency, intensive support, sometimes from specialist services”.
Resources for VCSE
visit www.sscb.safeguardingsomerset.org.uk for access to training and the Early Help training pack
Early Help Advice line (for any agency with a concern and needing some guidance) can reached on 01823 355803
More information is available via www.professionalchoices.org.uk/early-help/early-help-advice-hub-eha-hub/
Opportunities for VCSE
Early Help Fund (total of £200,000) to open in January 2020. Commissioner is Louise Palmer. AK suggested that:
a) Commissioners include a common outcome framework for successful bidders
b) County have a response for unsuccessful bidders to develop a network of community groups
c) Link successful projects to the wider VCSE (disseminate impact etc)
The date of the next meeting is 5th February 2020.