Staffordshire's Families Strategic Partnership

FSPB Newsletter

June 2018

Across Staffordshire, we aspire to ensure that more children, families and communities can feel happy, be safe and enjoy their life.

As part of Staffordshire’s investment in partnership working and multi-agency collaboration, the Families Strategic Partnership was formed to create a platform for partners in Staffordshire to work closely together to a set of shared priorities. Visit the Families Strategic Partnerships web page to read our 2017/18 annual report.

This Newsletter aims to highlight the partnership work that we do across Staffordshire to demonstrate how we are all working together to improve the lives of families and communities in Staffordshire.

This newsletter looks at the local 'Place Based Approach' partnership work taking place across the county.

Place Based Approach

What is 'Place Based Approach' working ?

Taking a Place Based Approach means working locally with partners within the eight districts of Staffordshire to develop local solutions, to local problems that work for our local communities.

We know that prevention and early intervention are key to help families’ live safe and happy lives.

Taking a Place Based Approach to working enables us as a partnership to spot issues with local children and families earlier, to address the root causes of problems in a safe place and prevent issues escalating to a point where statutory intervention is required.

Local partnership working...

Local partners and organisations have their roots in local neighbourhoods and villages. They are therefore well-placed to provide support to families with an understanding of the local landscape and the backdrop that problems are occurring against.

We want to bring everyone together within the community from enthusiastic individuals and community groups to large organisations who want to make a difference! 

When local people come together they bring with them their knowledge, passions, experiences, and skills. These are the building blocks needed to help create local solutions for children and families that suit local communities.

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The Tamworth Vulnerable People Hub


To promote Place Based Approach working in Tamworth, partners have created Daily Hub Meetings that allow partners to come around a table and discuss how they can support vulnerable people in the Tamworth area.

Watch partners in Tamworth discuss the Daily Hub meetings.

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Tamworth's Community Organisations


Tamworth has a fantastic Earliest Help offer within the local community provided by a number of voluntary organisations, community groups and local projects.

In order to further progress Place Based Approach working in Tamworth, the hub is looking at how it can develop the Earliest Help offer in Tamworth, to fill some gaps that currently exist in a few key priority areas.

Watch the volunteers from the Tamworth 'Communities Together CIC' group talk about the work their community group does

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Daily Hub Meetings - Newcastle

Newcastle Hub

As part of Newcastle’s ‘Place Based Approach’, they have set up a Daily Hub. The Hub brings together a multi-agency team that seeks to identify vulnerability within the community in order to reduce risks. 

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Partnership Networking Event - Lichfield

In February 2018 Lichfield joined together to hold a networking event to bring together a number of partners to support the new ‘Place Based Approach’ style of working.

The event was a huge success and as a result of the event, a number of Task and Finish groups have been set up to further progress partnership working.

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Learning Difficulty and Disability Support at Liberty CiC

Disabled child and teacher

Liberty CIC are a local community organisation based in Lichfield and Cannock that offer local support to young people with learning difficulties and disabilities as well as  their families and carers.

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Local Support for Families at Spark CiC

Children at craft session

Spark CiC is a Lichfield based community group that supports families through a wide range of community activities such as baby and toddler groups,  autism support, craft lessons and postnatal depression sessions. Spark CiC supports families from Stafford, Cannock Chase and East Staffordshire.

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South Staffordshire

Locality Working Celebration and Masterclass 

On the 26th April 2018, the county council organised a morning event to celebrate 10 years of successful facilitation of community- led initiatives, finding local solutions for local issues.  South Staffordshire District Council prides itself on its partnership working and has always focused on community solutions.

56 people attended the Localities Celebration Masterclass event and feedback has been very positive.

Community Support for People with Long Term Health Conditions In South Staffordshire

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The Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Support Project (SCTSP) supports individuals, carers and families in South Staffordshire to deliver vital services to those communities affected by long term conditions such as Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia in partnership and on behalf of the public sector.

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Featherstone Pride (started in 2007 and still flourishing)


Featherstone Pride is all about different agencies and organisations working together with the community in Featherstone to improve the way services are delivered for residents.

Featherstone Pride was started in 2007 as a pilot project to explore how ‘locality working’ could be implemented across the district

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Caddick Farm Estate in South Staffordshire

The Caddick Farm Estate was a project taken on by the South Staffordshire Partnership in 2010.

The partnership have carried out a variety of work to improve the estate including a ‘Clean Up' day, where teams of local volunteers and staff from the district council, fire service and police all joined forces to remove graffiti, carry out strimming, weeding and litter picking.

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Earliest Help Showcase in Leek

Leek Showcase

On Tuesday 17th April around 60 people attended an Earliest Help Showcase event in Leek.  After a presentation outlining what Earliest Help and the Place based approach mean, four local organisations showcased themselves and their work in the Earliest and Early Help field through case studies.  Organisations included Homestart Moorlands, Biddulph Youth and Community Zone, Prince's Trust and Visyon.

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Cannock Community Safety Hub

The Cannock Community Safety Hub is a multi-agency meeting which aims to improve community safety across the Cannock Chase District by identifying and addressing crime and vulnerability issues that require multi-agency attention. 

The  Community Safety Hub  have received 189 referrals for proactive problem solving.

Referral Details

West Chadsmoor Family Centre - Cannock

Westchadsmore Family Centre

The West Chadsmoor Family Centre is a local non-statutory community organisation based in Cannock that was commissioned in August 2016. 

 It delivers Early Help and 1-2-1 support to local families with children, aged 0-19. 

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Grow Up Great - Cannock

Grow Up Great

Grow Up Great is a website for families with children aged 5 and under, who live in the Cannock Chase district. Their aim is to support and inspire local families to live a healthy lifestyle.  So the can be prosperous, healthy, independent and safe.

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Let's Work Together - Cannock


Cannock's ‘Let’s Work Together’ event is a multi-agency initiative that ensures people receive the support they need to live healthy, safe and independent lives. It provides training, tools and skills to practitioners who visit individuals and families so they can be the ‘eyes and ears’ for partner organisations to identifying a families problems and refer them to the right local services.

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Stafford Borough Partnership Hub

The Stafford Borough Partnership Hub is a weekly multi-agency meeting which aims to address and support issues relating to community safety and vulnerability across the Borough.  Partners work together to tackle the root cause of issues focussing on preventative and early intervention support.  Over the past six months the Hub has received approximately 150 referrals.

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Supporting Stafford's Schools

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The Stafford Borough Supporting Schools Programme delivers preventative work in Stafford. The programme has been established for three years. This programme focuses upon reducing crime and victimisation amongst young people, reducing the numbers of incidents and crimes in school and wider community and promoting a safer school environment.  

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Stafford's Community Matron

Community Matron

Stafford has a Community Matron who assists people in the street with their health needs and general well being.

The Community Matron tends to the medical needs of clients on the streets and is able to develop a deep level of engagement with them.  The Matron knows each person and understands their challenges, so is in a fantastic position to help them access support.

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Free Activity Bags For Babies and Young Children

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The Arts Council England funded ‘Ready Steady Library’ at Burton Library.

The initiative provides free activity bags for families with children under five years old which can be borrowed from the library.

The bags were developed through a number of sessions at the library with over 100 families and 32 community partners.

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Family support for young parents at Harvey Girls

Harvey Girls

Harvey Girls is a family support group that offers parent-focused activities and support covering a wide range of topics that engage and inspire families. 

Harvey girls provide parenting classes, help with money management and general health and wellbeing support.

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Eagles Nest Project - A Burton charity working with excluded pupils

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The Eagles Nest project is a Burton charity set up to give youngsters who have had a "tough lot in life" a second chance.

The project works with young people who have recently been excluded from school and was set up by former assistant headteacher, Jan Appleton who said she could see a need to give additional support for  young people.

The project has recently secured funding through Crowdfund Staffordshire and the County Council’s Children and Families fund.

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Staffordshire's Youth Members of Parliament


Staffordshire's Council of Voluntary Youth Services have been supporting Staffordshire's Youth Members of Parliament in their debates in the House of Commons promoting issues important to young people such as work experience , better public transport and LGBT rights.


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Free Early Help Training for Partners

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We want to make it as easy as possible for you to understand and be confident to take your role in early help.

Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board is offering free Early Help training to all partners.  Sign up using the link below.

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Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service host Princes Trust programmes

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Hundreds of unemployed young people have taken part in Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Princes Trust scheme that helps young people further training, volunteering opportunities and employment.

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Safe and Sound Partnership Project

Safe and Sound

Safe and Sound is a Staffordshire Partnership Initiative developed by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service that supports communities to make informed and positive lifestyle choices, improving their health, safety and wellbeing.

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SPACE scheme helps reduce anti-social behaviour


Space holds a number of fun activities across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire for young people aged 8-17 years old. The project is proven to significantly reduce anti social behaviour, nuisance and fires.

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