Gateway Family Services https://gatewayfs.org Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:39:07 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 https://gatewayfs.org/files/2017/04/cropped-Gateway-Icon-Blue-sq-512-32x32.png Gateway Family Services https://gatewayfs.org 32 32 Digital Literacy Workers needed in south Birmingham https://gatewayfs.org/2021/07/19/digital-literacy-workers-needed-in-south-birmingham/ https://gatewayfs.org/2021/07/19/digital-literacy-workers-needed-in-south-birmingham/#respond Mon, 19 Jul 2021 11:41:26 +0000 https://gatewayfs.org/?p=13073 We’re pleased to announce that Gateway Family Services is one of three community anchor organisations leading a new Digital Literacy project in South Birmingham. Together with Northfield Community Partnership and Age UK Birmingham, we will be ensuring that older people will have access to a digital lending library – a bank of laptops which come with data enabled – and plenty of training and ongoing support.

Now, the project is looking for two Digital Literacy Workers to help deliver that support.

Northfield Community Partnership, Age UK Birmingham and Gateway worked in partnership to set up the scheme after identifying a lack of digital literacy in the constituencies of Edgbaston and Northfield. Through our work delivering the Neighbourhood Network Schemes, we have found that lots of people not only have no digital device or data, but also a lack of knowledge and no access to help.

So the aim of the project is to help people in these two south Birmingham constituencies build greater resilience to digital illiteracy, and then to use outcomes and learnings from this project to inform the wider work of the ten Neighbourhood Network Schemes across Birmingham.

Leading the project is Digital Literacy Co-ordinator Pauline Roche, who has a wealth of experience with digital literacy projects in the city. She will be joined by two Digital Literacy Workers who will help to develop and implement the scheme in Edgbaston and Northfield – and the project is recruiting for those right now.

Think you could be a Digital Literacy Worker?

If you have enthusiasm for digital literacy, enjoy helping older people to develop their skills, and would like to be instrumental in building more opportunities for digital engagement in Birmingham, there are roles available for two Digital Literacy Workers. One will be employed by Northfield Community Partnership and one by Age UK Birmingham.

To find out more about the project, contact Pauline Roche via email at pauline@northfieldcommunity.org.

To view the job and find out how to apply, go to the Age UK Birmingham website: Digital Literacy Project Support Worker(s) x 2 – (Fixed term 1 year Contract)

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Health Promotion Officer Vacancy https://gatewayfs.org/2021/07/05/health-promotion-officer-vacancy/ https://gatewayfs.org/2021/07/05/health-promotion-officer-vacancy/#respond Mon, 05 Jul 2021 16:36:43 +0000 https://gatewayfs.org/?p=13068 We have an opportunity for a Health and Wellbeing Promotion Officer who will support our Solihull Lifestyle Service by building strong and lasting links with support and referral organisations within Solihull, agreeing referral pathways and ensuring partners can easily access appropriate support for service users.

Position: Health and Wellbeing Promotion Officer

Location: Solihull

Hours: Full time

Salary: £20,000 per annum

Contract: Fixed term to end of March 2022 (with potential for extension beyond this)

Benefits: The provision of workplace wellbeing support and activities, flexible working and a range of family friendly policies and subsidised parking.

Closing Date: Sunday 1st August (midnight)

Interview Date: TBC

The Role

The Health and Wellbeing Promotion Officer will work closely with the Solihull Lifestyle Service Lead to source and engage partner organisations across Solihull to generate inbound referrals to the service.  They will make initial links and agree referral pathways, escalating discussion to the Service Lead as appropriate.

The Promotion Officer will also identify and flag potential partnerships that can add value to the Lifestyles offer through cross working and providing holistic support to service users.  They will form a key part of the team, working alongside Advisors to arrange and manage events to promote the service to both professionals and partners as well as members of the Solihull community and potential service users.

Duties and key responsibilities include:

  • Source and promote the service to new and existing partners and referral agencies including Primary Care and NHS professionals, Local Authority partners and community organisations
  • Agree referral pathways where appropriate to ensure easy access to the service from service users
  • Identify potential venues for delivery of group and one to one activity
  • Ensure promotional materials reflect offer and supplies are available for use
  • Utilise Social Media channels to promote the service

About You

We are looking for an energetic communicator with excellent engagement and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a range of partners and service users to actively promote the service.

You will have:

  • Experience of health or service promotion to a range of partners and organisations
  • Knowledge of VCSE organisations within the area
  • Good administration and record keeping skills
  • Good IT and Microsoft word packages (spreadsheets etc.) skills
  • The ability to use social media, ICT and digital platforms competently
  • The ability to manage time and prioritize own workload

Health Promoter Solihull JD

Application Form GFS May 2021

Instructions for Completing the Application Form May 2021

Alternatively you can request an application form by calling Maxine Brown on 0121 456 7820 or by emailing recruitment@gatewayfs.org

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Edgbaston NNS and Early Help Edgbaston – Focus on Assets: Love Your Neighbour https://gatewayfs.org/2021/06/23/edgbaston-nns-and-early-help-edgbaston-focus-on-assets-love-your-neighbour/ Wed, 23 Jun 2021 11:44:33 +0000 https://gatewayfs.org/?p=12779 The Edgbaston Neighbourhood Network Scheme newsletter goes out to members every two months, and we’re delighted to report that it now includes the latest news from ENNS’s sister service, Early Help Edgbaston.

Early Help is the Birmingham Children’s Partnership model of connected support for families and children across Birmingham. In Edgbaston, this work is led by Gateway Family Services, and so the team naturally works closely with the Edgbaston Neighbourhood Network Scheme.

In each edition of the ENNS newsletter, we showcase great community assets within the Edgbaston constituency. So for this issue, we asked the Early Help team to get involved – and they told us all about the Love Your Neighbour food bank.

Love Your Neighbour helps Early Help Edgbaston to reach more families

By Marc Baggott, Edgbaston Early Help Coordinator

Love Your Neighbour, part of Gas Street Church, started out as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. I asked Martha Goshawk, the Love Your Neighbour Co-ordinator, to explain how the project started.

“As a church we wanted to play our part in our local community and provide practical support,” Martha says. “We started small; delivering emergency food parcels and providing a telephone befriending service. Since then we have grown and expanded our work and reach and now run a foodbank, provide a financial advocacy service, have opened a CAP Debt Centre and CAP Job Club and work with children and families. We’re also just about to open our food pantry called The Community Shop, and a new cafe and soft play centre. In all we do, we want to bring light and hope to the city and that’s what Love Your Neighbour is all about.”

I first learnt about the Love Your Neighbour Foodbank just after Christmas. The start of the new year is when lots of Early Help clients have food needs, partly because families tend to spend what little they have at Christmas, but mainly because support services are reduced over the holiday period. I met Martha at the Food Justice Network meeting, and she helped Edgbaston Early Help to register so that we could distribute food parcels through their food bank.

Since then, we have come to rely on Love Your Neighbour and the Gas Street St. Luke’s team. As well as helping us to meet the most urgent needs – distributing food to families living in temporary accommodation in Edgbaston and Harborne – we have been able to expand on our collaborative work by helping to deliver Family Fun Sessions directly to families.

Martha explains, “Recently we’ve loved going into the Cobden Hotel and running craft sessions for children and families currently living there. From painting and bracelet making, to making vast quantities of slime and hundreds of biscuits, we’ve loved getting to know people, spread the word about Love Your Neighbour and just having fun! One girl described it as “the best day ever” and we couldn’t ask for a better report than that!”

I totally agree with Martha that the craft activities were very impactful – the families were engaged and happy to be part of something. It’s a great example of how we can build on our connections to reach more families and provide wider support. I hope Early Help can continue to work with Martha and the team on future projects.

For more information about the Love Your Neighbour project, visit the Gas Street Church website.

If you’d like to subscribe to the Edgbaston NNS and Early Help newsletter, and get it straight to your inbox every two months, simply fill in your details on the newsletter signup page.

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Family Support Worker Vacancies https://gatewayfs.org/2021/05/24/family-support-worker-vacancies/ Mon, 24 May 2021 10:58:00 +0000 https://gatewayfs.org/?p=12762 We have an opportunity for a Family Support Worker to fully support the Early Help Assessment plan and delivery that responds to children, young people and their family’s needs with the objective of achieving the best family outcomes.

Position: Family Support Worker

Location: Birmingham

Hours: Full Time

Salary: £20,000 per annum

Contract: Fixed term to end of March 2022

Benefits: The provision of workplace wellbeing support and activities, flexible working and a range of family friendly policies and subsidised parking.

Closing Date: Midnight on Sunday 25th July

Interview Date: TBC

The Role

The Family Support Worker will work within the early help locality multi-disciplinary team to provide a timely and front line response to the needs of children, young people and their families; acting in accordance with local policies, procedures and priorities.

You will deliver evidenced based and practical interventions to positively effect change that safeguards and promotes the welfare of children and young people.

Duties and key responsibilities include:

  • Supporting families referred ensuring external agencies are drawn in to provide relevant support
  • Manage caseload of families
  • Work closely with the core partners (Children’s Trust Early Help Team, Birmingham Forward Steps, Birmingham City Council and local schools and West Midlands Police) to ensure the optimum level of support is accessed by the family
  • Develop an up to date understanding of services that are available to families
  • Assist in the development of the Edgbaston Early Help Asset Register
  • Attend meetings, representing Edgbaston Early Help as required
  • Raise awareness of grants and other assistance available to families and where necessary
  • Under the direction of the Co-ordinator promote and use the early help assessment and relevant tools to identify the needs of children, young people and their family and to lead the development of an effective multi-agency support plan
  • Via effective outreach engage with children, young people and their families and actively promote their participation in early help assessments, support plans and interventions.

About You

We are looking for an energetic communicator with excellent engagement and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with young people, parents and carers who are experiencing health, wellbeing or social care difficulties.

You will have:

  • Experience of delivering outreach or one to support work
  • Experience of supporting families and individuals with complex support needs
  • Experience of forging links and establishing relationships with partner agencies
  • Knowledge of VCSE organisations within the locality and support available for families
  • Good administration and record keeping skills
  • Good IT and Microsoft word packages (spreadsheets etc.) skills
  • The ability to use social media, ICT and digital platforms competently
  • The ability to manage time and prioritise own workload

You may also have experience in areas such as Family Support Worker, Youth Support Worker, Child Support Worker, Support Worker, Early Help Assessor, Early Help, Welfare, Young People, Family Services, Family Service, Outreach, Outreach Worker, Outreach Support, Social Services, Care, Social Care, Community Support, Community, Community Project Officer, Community Partnerships, Community Engagement.

Family Support Worker JD

Application Form GFS May 2021

Instructions for Completing the Application Form May 2021

Alternatively you can request an application form by calling Maxine Brown on 0121 456 7820 or emailing recruitment@gatewayfs.org

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Community Connector Vacancy https://gatewayfs.org/2021/05/19/community-connector-vacancy/ Wed, 19 May 2021 15:40:01 +0000 https://gatewayfs.org/?p=12749 Community Connector

Many staff working across the public sector and voluntary sector don’t know what support, or organisations are available in a neighbourhood.  We are looking for a Community Connector to change this situation, and make sure all families can connect to support, help, activities, interests as part of a range of early help support.

The role involves building working relationships for Children, Young people and Families across Community, Voluntary and Statutory Organisation (including schools and training providers, Health Providers, Business and community stakeholders within the Locality Partnership).

Position: Community Connector (Edgbaston Early Help)

Location: Birmingham, covering Edgbaston

Hours: 37 hours per week (2 full time posts available)

Salary: £20,750 per annum (rising to £21,500pa following successful completion of Probationary Period)

Contract: Fixed term until 31st March 2022

Benefits: The provision of workplace wellbeing support and activities, flexible working and a range of family friendly policies and subsidised parking.

Closing Date: Sunday 25th July (midnight)

Interview Date: TBC

The Role

The organisation enables communities to work collaboratively and seamlessly with all the relevant statutory agencies and third sector organisations to identify early those most in need of support and enabling the most appropriate health, education, vocational and social support and interventions within a localised community setting. This forms part of its vision to apply a family centred and preventative focus in tackling need and inequalities though partnership working

The Community Connector will engage with all the many and various community and voluntary organisations in a locality, ensuring that the diversity of the city is reflected in the mapping of assets and support.

Duties and key responsibilities include:

  • Relationship building
  • Community engagement and mapping
  • Delivering training and support to professionals within locality to support understanding of the Early Help offer and support available
  • Social Prescribing and Digital Networking

About You

We are looking for a dynamic and energetic communicator with excellent engagement and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with young people, parents and carers who are experiencing health, wellbeing or social care difficulties.

You will have:

  • Experience of working in an engagement role with diverse community settings with statutory and third sector organisations
  • Experience of working with organisations that support vulnerable children, young people, families or groups
  • An understanding of information sharing, consent and confidentiality issues and risks
  • Experience and understanding of the importance of equalities, diversity and inclusion
  • An understanding of the lived experience of individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds

You may also have experience in areas such as Community Development Worker, Social Service, Social Services, Support Worker, Care Worker, Early Help, Social Work, Youth, Youth Worker, Support Service, Vulnerable Adult, Care, Care and Support, Social Care, Community Support, Community, Children, Young People, Family, Community Project Officer, Community Partnerships Manager, Community Partnerships Officer, Community Engagement Officer, Community Engagement

Community Connector Job Description

Instructions for Completing the Application Form May 2021

Application Form GFS May 2021  (please return to recruitment@gatewayfs.org)

Applications can also be requested by telephone by calling Maxine Brown on 0121 456 7820 or emailing recruitment@gatewayfs.org

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Social Prescribing Link Worker Vacancy https://gatewayfs.org/2021/05/19/social-prescribing-link-worker-vacancy/ Wed, 19 May 2021 15:37:31 +0000 https://gatewayfs.org/?p=12739 Social Prescribing Link Worker

We have rewarding opportunity for a Social Prescribing Link Worker to focus on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. If you feel you could connect to people, community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support, we would love to hear from you!

Position: Social Prescribing Link Worker

Location: Birmingham and Solihull

Hours: Full and Part time hours available  

Salary: £20,750 – £21,500 per annum

Contract: Fixed term to the end of March 2022 (with potential for extension beyond this date)

Benefits: The provision of workplace wellbeing support and activities, flexible working and a range of family friendly policies and subsidised parking.

Closing Date: Sunday 1st August (midnight)

Interview Dates: TBC

Social Prescribing Link Worker will be integrated into the wider multi-disciplinary team of a PCN. This is part of NHS England’s Long Term Plan, which commits to building the infrastructure for Social Prescribing in primary care.

The Role

Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to ‘link workers’ who give time, focus on ‘what matters to me’ and take a holistic approach to an individual’s health and wellbeing, connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Link workers also support existing groups to be accessible and sustainable and help people to start new community groups, working collaboratively with all local partners.

You will work as a key part of the primary care network (PCN) multi-disciplinary team. Social prescribing can help PCNs to strengthen community and personal resilience and reduces health and wellbeing inequalities by addressing the wider determinants of health, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity, by increasing people’s active involvement with their local communities. It particularly works for people with long term conditions (including support for mental health), for people who are lonely or isolated, or have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

About You

The Social Prescribing Link Worker will:

  • Be a good listener, have time for people and be committed to supporting local communities to care for each other.
  • Have experience of working positively with people facing complex social and emotional challenges.
  • Have a good knowledge of the area in which you’ll be based and what groups, activities and services are available there.

Although not essential it would be useful if you were trained in Motivational Coaching or Behaviour Change. The ability to speak one or more of the following “community” languages – Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali, Arabic, Somali, Romanian or Polish would also be advantageous

The service is delivered flexibly to meet the needs of patients so some evening and weekend work may be required.

An interview is guaranteed to suitably qualified and experienced people with disabilities. All successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

You may also have experience in areas such as Floating Support, Befriending, Community Family Worker, Social Worker, Community Navigator, Peer Support Worker, Welfare Support, Family Worker, Family Support Worker, Benefit, Care, Therapeutic, Therapy, Advice, Adviser, Health, Wellbeing, Social Care, Social Care Services, Health and Social Care.

Social Prescribing Link Worker Job Description and Person Specification

Instructions for Completing the Application Form May 2021

Application Form GFS May 2021 (please return to recruitment@gatewayfs.org)

Applications can also be requested by telephone by calling Maxine Brown on 0121 456 7820 or emailing recruitment@gatewayfs.org

 

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Edgbaston NNS – Focus on Assets: Your Local Pantry at the Haven https://gatewayfs.org/2021/04/29/edgbaston-nns-focus-on-assets-your-local-pantry-at-the-haven/ Thu, 29 Apr 2021 09:35:19 +0000 https://gatewayfs.org/?p=12694 The Edgbaston Neighbourhood Network is here to help all of Edgbaston’s community assets with everything from grants and funding applications to networking and promotion. That’s why Community Connectors Deb and Natalie are always on the lookout for new community projects to meet, learn from, and support! Every two months, they speak to one of our assets in depth and feature them in the the ENNS Newsletter. (You may remember the Sar Ramz Cooking Club from our December newsletter and Digikick from February.)

For the April newsletter, Deb and Natalie visited a new food pantry in Quinton.

Focus on Assets: Your Local Pantry

By Deb Ufton and Natalie Tichareva

Jade and Kerry at Your Local Pantry

For the last month, the Haven Centre and B32 Community CIC have been working behind the scenes to launch a food pantry, called ‘Your Local Pantry’. So we went along on a sunny Friday afternoon to find out more!

The Haven Centre is run by Rachel and her husband Simon, with a small team of staff and volunteers, and was already the first port of call for many local people who needed support or advice. However, when Covid hit, the team realised it was an opportunity to show the community that they were there for them. As Rachel said, “we couldn’t close the doors on people when they needed us the most”. So, for the last year, the activities and support the Haven offers have changed and grown according to local people’s needs.

Realising that there was an increased need for food, Rachel and Simon got together with Kerry and Becky from another popular Quinton community group, B32 Community CIC, and came up with the idea of a food pantry, to be based at the Haven Centre. They contacted Shabir Jivraj, Project Officer for the national organisation ‘Your Local Pantry’, and he helped them to set up.

The ‘pantry’ model enables people to access help by becoming members and paying a very small amount for food: for £4.50, members receive shopping worth between £20 and £30. The idea is to make sure no-one feels any sense of shame in accessing the essentials they need.

Your Local Pantry at the Haven has been running quietly behind the scenes for the last few Fridays, but now Rachel, Simon, Kerry and Becky hope that more people in the community who need help with food will sign up and become pantry members.

Welcoming

When we went along, pantry staff and volunteers from the Haven and B32 Community had created a welcoming environment for visitors, with Bob Marley playing on the radio and all who entered being offered a drink and a chat before accessing the pantry.

A local resident told us, “It’s a great thing! I came down during lockdown and it’s really helped. I love it so much, I’ve brought my mom too.”

It’s obvious that Your Local Pantry is a perfect complement for the other activities held at the Haven. The atmosphere at the Centre is happy and peaceful, and there’s something for everyone. In-person meetups of the long-established Older Adults Group, Youth Club, and Women’s Group are slowly being re-introduced; last week the Haven held a Stay and Play and this week they’re going to have a ‘pop up lunch’ at the Pantry.

Jade, who works at Your Local Pantry at the Haven, told us, “Work doesn’t feel like work. I first started to come to the Haven through the Women’s Group, and I really enjoyed it so I became a volunteer.”

From volunteering, Jade then became a member of staff, something which has helped her build confidence and recognise her skills. “Before I found the Haven I was in such a bad place, but I didn’t really realise I was in a bad place,” she says, “and I can see that in many of the people we help.”

We loved visiting Your Local Pantry and think it’s a great initiative, so we hope lots of people in the Edgbaston Neighbourhood community will sign up as members and make the most of it.

Your Local Pantry will be available on Fridays, 12 – 2pm, at the Haven, on Rilstone Road in Quinton. For more information, and details on how to sign up, contact the Haven Centre on 0121 681 0388, or simply keep your eyes peeled on social media – visit the Haven Centre on Facebook or B32 Community CIC on Facebook.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Your Local Pantry nationally, or setting up your own, visit the Your Local Pantry website, or contact YourLocalPantry@thrivetogetherbham.org.

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Services working hand in hand https://gatewayfs.org/2021/04/19/services-working-hand-in-hand/ Mon, 19 Apr 2021 11:45:06 +0000 https://gatewayfs.org/?p=12672 The job of Social Prescribing Link Workers is to listen to what people want and need, and then to direct them to local groups and services that can help them achieve their goals.

Sometimes, those services are also delivered by Gateway!

Glenn is a Social Prescribing Link Worker who works in the North Solihull area. So when she met a patient who needed some help with her physical activity and eating habits, who better to direct her to than the Solihull Lifestyle Service?

Social Prescribing Case Study: Pam

Glenn, a Link Worker in North Solihull
Pam* was referred to the Social Prescribing Link Workers service in January 2021, because her GP felt that she would benefit from someone listening and giving her support.

Link Worker Glenn contacted Pam straight away and they arranged a time to talk over the phone.

The following week, Glenn called Pam and they spoke for quite some time. Pam explained she has a long term health condition, and also suffers from arthritis which causes her a lot of pain. Her follow up appointments at the hospital had been pushed back due to Covid, which was causing her to feel very low. Although Pam lives with her husband, he works during the day and she told Glenn she gets very anxious on her own.

Feeling down

As they chatted, it was clear the pain Pam was enduring really got her down, and this had caused her to stop doing the things she enjoyed. She said her eating habits were poor as she didn’t have an appetite and, although her husband often tried to encourage her to go out for a little walk or sit in the garden, she hadn’t been out of the house for a year.

Glenn told Pam about the Solihull Lifestyle Service, explaining that they could offer her support and advice about diet and exercise, and she agreed to be referred to them. She was allocated a Wellbeing Advisor called April, who would be able to start working with her in a couple of weeks’ time. In the meantime, Glenn and Pam talked about exercises Pam might be able to do. She mentioned that she had a treadmill at home but didn’t use it.

Glenn shared her own experiences of arthritis. She explained how she had forced herself to try and walk each day, and had found this boosted her mental health. Pam said she felt better having someone to talk to and said she would start using her treadmill.

April, a Wellbeing Advisor with the Solihull Lifestyle Service
The next time they spoke, Pam had started using the treadmill every couple of days for 15 minutes at a time, and had started eating small, regular meals, thanks to April’s encouragement. However, she told Glenn she wanted to stop taking anti-depressants. Glenn advised her to continue until she spoke to her GP, but also told her about St Germain’s, a service that uses a cognitive behaviour approach to depression and anxiety. Pam said she was willing to give it a go and consented to a referral.

Feeling the benefits

The next time they spoke, there had been a complete turnaround. Pam was eating regular meals and exercising nearly every day. Her GP had lowered her anti-depressant dosage so she could gradually stop taking them. John from St Germain’s had sent information about CBT and exercises for her to follow, and Pam was feeling the benefits already.

In their last conversation, Pam told Glenn that both her husband and son had noticed a difference in her wellbeing. In her own words, she had “stopped feeling sorry for herself”, and said she was even looking forward to doing some gardening!

She told Glenn she would always be grateful for the support she received from all three services.

*Pam’s name has been changed

Hand in hand

As you can see, Gateway’s approach is not about duplicating support, it’s about working hand in hand. Social Prescribing is about listening, finding out what someone needs, and linking them to it. The Solihull Lifestyle advisers are the experts in helping people to eat and exercise healthily.

As well as our own services, we are constantly making new contacts with others, widening our network so that we can direct people to the most suitable local support, and “plugging people in” to their community in the most effective way.

If you run a service in Birmingham or Solihull that would like to take referrals from Link Workers, get in touch to make sure we have your details.

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Supporting the community through a very difficult year https://gatewayfs.org/2021/04/07/supporting-the-community-through-a-very-difficult-year/ Wed, 07 Apr 2021 08:13:29 +0000 https://gatewayfs.org/?p=12643 St. Germain’s Church and the Emergency Supplies Grant

This is our second blog post highlighting the impact of the Emergency Assistance Grant which is being distributed by the Edgbaston Neighbourhood Network Scheme and the Heart of England Community Foundation.

Last time, we looked at how Home from Hospital Care helped ‘Brian’ by sending him free tailored food parcels.

This week, it’s the turn of St. Germain’s church who are using the money to run their community ‘Food Hub’.

St. Germain’s Community Food Hub

The church’s Food Hub uses donations to provide fresh meals and food parcels for people in Edgbaston. Each week, volunteers collect clothing and enough food for 300 meals. An Emergency Assistance Grant has allowed St Germain’s to pay their expenses.

With more money, the Food Hub have also been able to run a debt and benefits advice service, which Les Allan, St. Germain’s Operations Manager, says has been able to ‘lift the whole person up’.

Les applied for the grant in January 2021 describing the process as ‘straight forward’- adding that he loved the fact you can save your progress as you go!

He also praised Edgbaston Neighbourhood Network Scheme’s support, whose community connectors met with him over Zoom to offer hints and tips on how to focus his application.

‘The funding came just in the nick of time’, Les said, highlighting that the quick turn around between the application and receiving the money allowed St. Germain’s to keep the service running.

Les explained the impact it has, mentioning Nadia (not her real name), who had been using the Hub since the summer to feed both herself and her son who was not very well. The Food Hub has done a 360, Les explained, where Nadia is now back on her feet and even volunteering in the kitchen.

It has ‘been a very difficult year for our community’ Les noted, ‘but, thanks to this funding, our service will be able to continue supporting them.’

Funding is still available for groups and projects similar to St. Germain’s and Home from Hospital Care’s. If you are interested, get in touch with Marc Baggott at M.Baggott@gatewayfs.org to find out more. Deadline for applications is 23/4/21 (noon).

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Providing a lifeline – Home from Hospital Care and the Emergency Assistance Food and Essential Supplies Grant. https://gatewayfs.org/2021/03/30/providing-a-lifeline-home-from-hospital-care-and-the-emergency-assistance-food-and-essential-supplies-grant/ Tue, 30 Mar 2021 12:27:53 +0000 https://gatewayfs.org/?p=12634 Edgbaston Neighbourhood Network Scheme has been working with the Heart of England Community Foundation, supporting Edgbaston’s response to COVID-19 in distributing the ‘Emergency Food and Assistance’ grant.

‘Home from Hospital Care’, is one such charity who have received this grant. The team are using it to provide food and fuel vouchers to those discharged from hospital and living in Edgbaston.

Dawn, Fundraising Officer at Home from Hospital Care, made the application which she says she found easy, complimenting the website and support from their local NNS development worker.

One month after the application, Home from Hospital Care had received the funding, and were able start helping people.

‘It’s going pretty well so far’, says Rosalind Ejenavi, Fundraiser at Home from Hospital Care. The grant has allowed them to support two more people in Edgbaston in the last two weeks.

Brian (not his real name) was discharged from hospital into temporary accommodation after deteriorating health issues alongside his contraction of COVID-19. However, he has quite complex needs, including an eating disorder, and financial difficulties. 

Thanks to the extra funding, Home from Hospital Care has been able to provide Brian with free, tailored food parcels. The fact they cost him nothing and allowed him to choose what he received has been, as Rosalind puts it, a ‘lifeline for him’.

Brian now feels less worried whilst he recovers from COVID-19 and is being supported in making longer term support and accommodation plans.

‘COVID has made people feel so anxious about how they are going to meet their basic needs’ Rosalind noted, who said she hoped this grant would give people the ‘sense that there is support there’.

Funding is still available for groups in Edgbaston and Northfield, with the extended deadline for applications now falling on the 23rd April 2021. Contact Marc Baggott at M.Baggott@gatewayfs.org to find out more on how to apply, and what guidance Edgbaston Neighbourhood Network Scheme can provide.

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