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Friday, March 7th, 2014

Partnership Board meeting – 24th Feb 2014

Key Points of Wider Interest Discussed:

Safeguarding Reports – reports were given on progress of children and adults safeguarding boards. The work with volunteer partners – Age UK and SATA had achieved for Solihull the Gold Standard on Making Safeguarding Personal.  Enable, another volunteering organisation, also supports the collection of people’s views for the prevention subcommittee.  Issues that were showed were in respect of funding and discussions were still being had with various partners to resolve this; there was also discussion about which board would ‘own’ the monitoring of the implementation of the Francis enquiry.

Youth Unemployment Update – an update of the employment opportunities that have opened up through new developments, i.e. Shirley Parkgate results in an increase in retail jobs available; there was also an update on the increase in police recruitment.  Information was requested on ‘real’ figures i.e. full time equivalent.

Dave Pinwell reported on the success of Birmingham Talent Match bringing in £1.5 million into Solihull to work with those hardest to reach young people.

Action Against Poverty – a report was given showing some pleasing development in areas such as raising employment, fuel, poverty and breast feeding. However this isn’t the total picture and there still needs to be focus on ‘narrowing the gap’.  There is now a crisis prevention pot of money – £20,000 for small grants to support people in poverty.  Councillor Norman Davies will lead the appraisal panel.

A further report was made on the Money Counts project reporting the very positive outcomes of the partnership work of the CABIDIAL and Age UK providing advice on welfare benefits and debt advice.

Proposed Council Plan 2014 – 2018 – Philip Mayhew, acting CEO, presented the strategic overview going forward for SMBC ‘our vision’.

Solihull 2018: where everyone has an equal chance to be healthier and happier, safer and prosperous.

‘Our purpose’: lives not services – to be an organisation that improves lives.

‘Our ambition’: good to great – to be an organisation that our citizens and staff say is a great one.

Things for Voluntary Sector Intention/Action – familiarise yourselves with Council plan and it will drive future activity

Date of Next Meeting:  —–

Name and Contact No of Rep Completing: Janet Down; 07947898220