Linden Ross a community champion from the Homestart organisation has been hosting a series of civic conversation events focused on bringing together services to look at early years issues effecting local communities.
Here is the summary document from the Civic Conversation event held in the Early Years Centre a little while ago. I attended this discussion and found it fascinating – particularly the gap in awareness about what was being being offered by local housing services and the needs that community based staff were identifying in relation to housing. My impression was that community staff often frustrated over a particular need of a client, weren’t aware of services that could help with that need. It underlined for me the value of services investing a little bit of time in talking to each other face to face about what they are providing, where the overlaps are and where the gaps are.