Local parents are invited to help develop better services for Southend’s children and families.

Over the coming months local families will have the opportunity to have a say in how the services children and families use should be run. And to make sure everyone gets a say, there will be training on offer to help people develop the skills or confidence they need to get involved.

The A Better Start Southend (ABSS) programme has teamed up with the Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) to involve the local community in creating better services for Southend’s children and families.

As part of this project SAVS will introduce a range of ways that parents from the ABSS wards (Westborough, Victoria, Milton, Kursaal, West Shoebury and Shoeburyness) can get involved including:

  • Parent led meetings (starting in Kursaal and Victoria wards) enabling parents to work together to identify their issues and priorities.
  • Recruiting and training parent champions to help and support other parents to participate in the A Better Start Southend programme.
  • Developing a volunteer training programme aimed at building parents’ confidence to take part.

“We want parents to be involved every step of the way: raising the problems that need solving, coming up with some answers, and working alongside staff and volunteers to help us test good ideas” says ABSS programme manager Gary May.

SAVS Chief Executive Officer, Alison Semmence, adds: “Our member organisations are at the heart of Southend’s local communities.  We are very excited to be able to use our local knowledge to help Southend’s families have a say in the kind of services they want to see for their children.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about what SAVS is planning please contact the team by calling 01702 356069 or emailing abss@savs-southend.co.uk

 

Article published January 2017

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