SureStart – Learnings from Lockdown: A Parent & Practitioner Perspective

SureStart – Learnings from Lockdown: A Parent & Practitioner Perspective

 

Please view this 10 minute video the Childcare Partnership have pulled together across a number of Sure Start projects that highlights the fantastic work of Sure Start during the Covid Pandemic. It’s a very inspiring watch as it showcases the positive impact the service has had from a parent’s perspective but also the voice of practitioners in how they adapted to an ever changing environment.  In terms of showing “outcomes” it is a wonderful example of everyone’s efforts to make a real difference to families during such a difficult time. Special thanks goes to the parents from Dungannon, East Belfast and Down Sure Start for taking part and telling their stories.

 

https://youtu.be/1XFBCcRa8lA

 

Please do share with colleagues across your areas of work.

Introducing AUTISM CONNECT!

Introducing AUTISM CONNECT!

 

Bolster are excited to launch our brand new service…

AUTISM CONNECT is a person-centred social hub, a safe, creative space for adults with a diagnosis of autism only or awaiting a diagnosis.

Why are we launching this service?

 

In March 2020, the Southern Health and Social Care Trust commissioned  Bolster Community to co-ordinate a consultation to gain a depth of understanding of the wider social issues relating to autism in adulthood. A series of consultation events ran over twelve months and culminated in the Being Awesome (Autism and Adulthood 2021) conference in March 2021.

Here is a link to this Report: https://bolstercommunity.org/…/being-awesome-report….

 

Over 700 people with Autism along with parents, carers and professionals participated in the consultation and three clear overarching recommendations emerged:

  1. Community based autism support services focused on adults are urgently needed
  2. A distinct service grounded in the social model of health is needed for adults with autism but without a learning disability or mental health diagnosis and
  3. Support pathways -where navigators can co-ordinate and proactively share information, and provide highly responsive, individualised intervention to strengthen social connections within a community context in the Southern Trust area.

 

In response to the consultation recommendations, we’ve launched Autism Connect- a community-based support service that will provide a signposting, navigation and social opportunities for adults with an autism only diagnosis.  Would you like more information about this service? Contact Jena at jena@bolstercommunity.org

Child funeral fund: Families in Northern Ireland to receive payments

Child funeral fund: Families in Northern Ireland to receive payments

 

A new fund to help families in Northern Ireland pay the cost of a funeral following the death of a child will be available from June.

The Child Funeral Fund will offer a one-off payment of £3,056 after the death of a child under 18. The money will also be made available in the event of a still birth after 24 weeks.The fund is not means-tested and will be available to all families regardless of their financial situation. Read more …. https://tinyurl.com/3ndh4xv9