Written by Becky Higgins

The way forward in supporting children and their families is to link the Voluntary and Community Sector and Children and Family Services together to offer the best and most appropriate support for families and young people in their own communities. Networking events are planned in East, Mid and West Cornwall with the first of these being in Mid Cornwall this week.

A ‘Speed Dating’ style event was the structure of the day with the Voluntary and Community Sector organisations sharing information with Children’s Services, Health and Education professionals. An event which was planned to be small and intimate quickly grew to over 80 attendees, all with a passion to support young people and their families to live the happiest most fulfilling lives they can. The volume of people meant the pace of the morning was fast and furious with only 3 minutes each to outline their organisations and projects. Everyone rose to the occasion and worked hard to get their message across to public sector frontline workers.

The room was buzzing with chatter as huge amounts of information was imparted at record speed. The intense concentration showed on the listeners faces only to be broken by the blast of the whistle when it was time to change speaker. Despite feeling weary and with fading voices the feedback was positive from both Voluntary and Community Sector and Public Sector agencies, with some positive suggestions to help to shape the future events. One organisation quoted ‘a rare opportunity for so many like-minded professionals to connect and find out more about the services we all provide, and quite an eye-opener in terms of the provision that is out there for the Mid-Cornwall area’.

We are all looking forward to the West Cornwall Event with the Early Help teams from locality one and two, meeting in Penzance in March, which should be as lively and informative.