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									                            Link Forum Minutes
                             16th February 2011
Members Present

Bev Morgan – Home-Start, Co-Chair                     Karen Font – Wired
Link Forum                                            Nicola Cowdray – Forum Housing Ash
Mary Kilcoyne – Catholic Children’s                   Villas
Society                                               Katrina O’Rourke- WEB
Sue Dutton – Girlguiding Wirral                       Helen Finney – Brook
Chris McMahon – Arch Initiatives                      Rachael Wyartt – Brook
Diane Challinor – Wirral Parent                       Steve Peck – Charing Cross Methodist
Partnership Wired                                     Church
Michelle Booth – Wired Independent                    Nichola Wallis – Home-Start
Visitors                                              Helen Wade – Ferries Family Groups
Janet Jordan – Wired                                  Lynn Loughran – Link Worker
Laura Towey – Wired

Apologies
Jane Owens – Viking Youth Club
Elly Daly – Arena Options
Azmira Azad – Wirral Multicultural Organisation

Minutes of previous meeting
Agreed

Matters Arising
CAF training – Lynn still to contact Kerry Lockhart
Child Poverty – Link to Frank Field report will be on the website next week
Personalisation guest speaker – VCAW are planning on holding an event around
personalisation soon and Lynn has asked them to ensure it is child/family focused.
Details will be circulated when available.

Commissioning
Lynn gave an update on the Early Intervention Grant tender process. The supplier
workshops were well attended and informative, going through the process and PQQ
documentation. The PowerPoint presentation and questions and answers have been
posted onto the Chest www.thechest.nwce.gov.uk and are attached.


   EIG supplier    EIG supplier   Supplier workshop
  workshop2.ppt   workshop.ppt         QA.doc

The closing date for the submission of completed PQQs (via the Chest) is 12 noon
on Wednesday 9th March 2011.
There isn’t enough time for consortia development for this round of funding but there
are still plans for VCAW/Link Forum to hold an event about consortia development
and collaborative working which could be useful for the next round. More details of
the event will be circulated when available.
There are 2 other VCAW events coming up that deal with commissioning. The Real
Value of Services - Social Value Workshops (28th Feb for commissioners, 1st March
for service providers) will introduce the benefits of using a social value model when
commissioning services. On 16th March a Partnership/Engagement Event will be
held, aimed at engaging with the new NHS and making the most of the
opportunities. Further details are on the news and events page of the website.
Bev asked all present to be patient if trying to contact Lynn over the next few months
as she will be away from the office a lot working with the EIG commissioners. Lynn
explained that she is unable to access her emails outside the office at present so, if
members need to get in touch urgently, it would be best to ring or text her mobile.

Inspection of Safeguarding and Looked After Children
Wirral’s Children & Young People’s Department announced inspection has now
ended and Bev attended a feedback meeting. There is no official report yet but it
appears to have gone very well and the Inspectors seemed impressed at the level of
confidence the VCF sector had in being able to challenge the Authority where
necessary. The report will be published at the beginning of March and will be
publicised at that time.

Member Group Presentation: Arch Initiatives
Chris McMahon spoke about Arch Initiatives, a registered charity that provides a
range of services across Wirral, Halton, Merseyside, Cheshire, Bolton and North
Wales for people affected by substance misuse. Chris is the Safeguarding Manager
and Service User Involvement Co-ordinator.
On Wirral, Arch offers The Archway Centre and Cafe, the Birchwood Rehabilitation
Assessment Scheme, Aftercare and Conway St - drop-in, one-to-one and group
work, family services, relatives group, complementary therapies and aftercare
services. A Women’s Group, run by stable service users, is also available.
Clients can be referred by other organisations, health practitioners, or can self-refer.
Care Plans completed by the service must record any family or childcare
responsibilities.
They also do some joint work with Response and Forum Housing. For further
information, contact 0151 647 8633 or email info@archinitiatives.com

Link Worker Report
A written report was circulated and is available on our website.
Lynn recently attended a 2-day residential with the VCS Engage programme and will
post a summary and the presentations on to the website when available. The
residential was attended by strategic leads for children and young people from
across the region and it is apparent that Wirral is further advanced that most areas in
their engagement with the VCF sector for children and young people. Wirral Council
has set up a Big Society Unit which will be responsible for “skilling up” the sector to
take over the running of some council services. Further details will be available as
this takes shape.
Lynn would welcome feedback on the website and weekly bulletin.
Feedback from Representatives
Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Jane Owens) – a written report is available on
the website. Agenda items to note were the key priorities and challenges of Wirral
Sure Start provision and the annual Children’s Services Assessment.
Integrated Youth Service Strategy (Steve Peck) – Steve would like to be able to
raise any issues members have regarding youth support services. It was agreed that
Lynn will contact those who represent Link Forum to ensure that she is kept
informed of the dates of meetings and can ask members to contact the reps before
meetings if they have any issues to raise.

Information updates
Charing Cross Methodist Centre – a steering group has been formed to look at the
Youth Zone project, including fund-raising. The Project will cost £5m initially, with
running costs expected to be in the region of £1m per year. Charing Cross and
Birkenhead Youth Club are on the steering group, and Brook are keeping watch on
developments. A group of local young people visited the Bolton project, which can
be viewed at www.boltonladsandgirlsclub.co.uk
There have been some issues identified the Wirral project and it was agreed that it
would be good to get the view of Bolton young people.
Approaches to Anger Management seminar 22nd March - Wirral Council and
NASEN (National Association of Special Educational Needs) are holding a seminar
at Acre Lane for professionals and parents of children with autism or ADHD. Further
details are available on the website.

Any Other Business

Date of Next Meeting
It was agreed that the next meeting on Wednesday 16th February would start at the
later time of 1.30pm to allow members to attend the NHS/VCAW Partnership &
Engagement Event.

Lynn Loughran

Tel: 0151 203 2111 ext. 204            Mobile: 07531 909 999

E-mail: lynn.loughran@vcawirral.org.uk

www.wirrallinkforum.org.uk

								
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