WSCB Safeguarding News update: 25th July

WSCBWelcome to the latest Wirral Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) weekly Safeguarding News Update, the purpose of which is to give updates about a safeguarding item. It may be an issue of local or national significance, information about an aspect of the WSCB’s work, or information designed to support good professional practice.

This week, Wirral Safeguarding Children Board has compiled a Safeguarding Questionnaire for organisations working with Wirral children, young people and families to complete and return. The purpose of the questionnaire is to complement information gathered over the past 12 months – through audits, interviews, practitioner’s questionnaires, events, etc – to help Wirral Safeguarding Children Board evaluate how effective safeguarding practice is across the partnership, including how organisations are promoting safeguarding and what they see as the greatest challenges in the year ahead.

David Robbins, WSCB Business Manager, would like to invite as many partner organisations as possible to complete the questionnaire (one per organisation) and would appreciate it if completed questionnaires could be returned to him at (secure email) by Monday 11th August.

If any partners would like an aspect of their work highlighted in a future update please contact David Robbins by email at

Holiday Fun @ St James Centre

NBDTThere are loads of activities for the whole family to enjoy at St James Centre and across the North Birkenhead & Bidston area this summer.

Details of the craft and cookery activities, street dance, playschemes, summer trips and how to book your place can be found in the Summer Newsletter.

Saturday 23rd August sees the Making Links’ Community Celebration of Creativity at Picnic in the Park taking place at Ilchester Park from 12 noon to 4pm. Go along and join the celebration, and take a picnic too!

The newsletter also gives details of adult education classes at St James Neighbourhood College.


Wirral Youth Enterprise competition, Summer 2014

HYPEWirral Youth Enterprise Project is in The Pyramids this summer and is giving young people, aged 7 to 24 years, the chance to win cash to start their own enterprise projects across Wirral.

Young people can download and complete the Competition Form and send it to HYPE or drop it in to the HYPE team at the Bandstand, St John’s Square, Pyramids Shopping Centre from 10am to 4pm on 30th July to 2nd August and 27th to 30th August.

Click here for more information.

Creative Family Activities at Birkenhead Priory

Birkenhead Children’s Centre and Williamson Art Gallery are inviting families to join them for 5 weeks of free activities at Birkenhead Priory, for parents to develop their craft abilities with their children.

On Thursday mornings, there is an artist coming down from the Lake District to build a giant paper boat with the families. This will be taken down to the waterside near The Priory and actually floated on the water.

Starts Thursday 24th July 9:30am to 11:30am, for 5 weeks

On Friday mornings, dramatist and storyteller Lucy Fiori and Neil Winterburn will be working with families to create stories and plays loosely exploring the history of the Priory, starting with a Bear Hunt in the Priory. At the end of the 5 weeks, the families will make an eBook of illustrated children’s stories that people can read to their families on their phones or tablets.

Starts Friday 25th July 9:30am to 11:30am, for 5 weeks

All are welcome to join in the fun. See the flyer for details or contact Nikki at Birkenhead Children’s Centre on 0151 647 4445


Free five week fun and interactive programme

RampworxWirral Community NHS Trust has teamed up with Rampworx to help local children and young people (aged 11-16) and their families to lose weight, get more active and eat healthier.

The FREE fun and interactive programme encourages children and young people to get more active and try activities that they may have never considered before. It includes coaching and development, and learning how to get more active by skateboarding or riding a scooter/BMX biking.

There will also be sessions for parents and carers around:

  • choosing healthier food and drink options
  • understanding food labels
  • positive wellbeing
  • physical activity

First session: Wednesday 30 July 2014

Weekly sessions: 30 July  - 27 August

Sessions start:

  • 9.30am – 10.30am physical activity sessions for children and young people
  • 11.00am – 11.30am – sessions for parents/carers

Venue: Bebington High Sports College (Sports Hall), Higher Bebington Road, CH63 2PS

Meeting point: Main school reception

Children must be accompanied by an adult from 9.30am – 11.30am.

There are limited places so, if you would like to book your child a place, call the team on 0151 630 8383.


Things to do this summer @ Wirral Multicultural Centre

WMOWirral Multicultural Organisation is holding free Stay and Play sessions at the Multicultural Centre every Friday from 2pm to 3.30pm throughout the summer holidays, starting on 25th July. Families with children aged 1 to 5 years are welcome to go along and join in the fun.

They’ve also arranged for Angelica from the Lady Lever Art Gallery to visit the Centre on Tuesday 29th July from 10 am to 12 noon to talk about the Gallery and give information and activity ideas for children, young people and families, with the chance to get involved in some art work included.

All are welcome to go along to Wirral Multicultural Centre, 111 Conway Street, Birkenhead, CH41 4AF. Click on the links above for further information or contact Suzie on 0151 666 4547

Support available for parents of children with a learning disability

MencapWirral Mencap has an Outreach Service providing information and support for parents of children with a learning disability, in addition to supporting adults with a learning disability, their parents and carers.

Appointments are available for a confidential chat to identify ways of prioritising difficulties and finding solutions to overcome them.

The service includes:

  • Help and support with paperwork.
  • Support and guidance to ensure access to relevant services and develop good working relationships with professionals.
  • Guidance on planning for the future with information on care providers, Wills & Trusts etc.
  • Information on inclusive activities in the area.

Appointments are available in the office based in the Lauries Centre, Birkenhead or in the home.

Contact Gaynor Rowlands on 0151 666 1829 or call in to the office at 136 Claughton Road, Birkenhead CH41 6EY

Download the flyer to display or circulate.

Funding for families and individuals

If your organisation works with families in crisis but can’t help them financially, Buttle UK may be able to help. Their small grants programme provides essential items for children and young people whose development, health and well-being are at risk. It provides a fast response to families who lack basic items such as bedding, a cooker or a washing machine.

Parents of children and young adults who are disabled or seriously ill are able to apply for a share of the £27.3 million Family Fund. 

family fund, the UK’s largest grant giving charity, is designed to make life easier for low-income families with disabled and seriously ill children and young people. The money can be used for days out, garden play equipment, computers, toys and kitchen appliances like dishwashers and washing machines.

The fund helped more than 50,000 families in England last year, from a total of £27 million. The fund is now in its 40th year.

Applications can be submitted at any time. For more information on how to apply, please click on the link here.

Funding opportunities and training for groups and organisations

Lloyds Foundation’s new grant programme is open. INVEST and ENABLE will help charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives, and promote practical approaches to lasting change. Support will be adapted to the needs of small and medium sized charities (income between £25,000 and £1 million) that are committed to delivering work which breaks or prevents cycles of disadvantage.

  • INVEST – A flexible, long term core funding programme for organisations delivering clear, targeted outcomes for disadvantaged people (Grants up to £25k per annum and up to six years);
  • ENABLE – A smaller and shorter grants programme for organisations that have identified clear development needs (Grants up to a total of £15k over two years);
  • ENHANCE –provides an option of tailored in-kind support to strengthen and develop charities funded through invest or enable.

They operate an online application process.

The latest Funding Bulletin from Zel Rodgers at Community Action Wirral is available here, and includes details of the Rank Foundation Small Appeals Programme and the PH Holt Foundation.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for charities and non-profit groups working anywhere in the UK. Grants can be used to purchase PCs, laptops or IT services within a year of receipt of funding and successful groups will receive full support with no on-going committment.  Further information is available here. To apply, email The scheme is on-going, until at least April 2015.

The Morgan Foundation now have an expanded grant programme of over £1.5 million per year and target their funds where they can be most effective in making a real difference to the lives of the people in Merseyside, Cheshire (west of the M6) North Wales, and North Shropshire.

The Foundation specialises in supporting organisations helping children and families as well as elderly, disabled and socially isolated people. They will consider any work which has a positive effect on their welfare and quality of life, or which expands the opportunities and life choices for young people in this region. Trustee meetings are held regularly throughout the year and there are no specific dates for applications to be received.

See their website for further details and how to apply.



Health, wellbeing and educational activities available across Wirral

July 2014′s Livewell Programme, Wirral Community NHS Trust’s programme of health and wellbeing activities and courses, is available to download hereCourses and activities are available throughout  Wirral, most are free to attend, and most sessions don’t need to be booked so people can just turn up at the venue. 

LivewellThe Livewell Programme (formerly the Community Programme) aims to:

  • support local people to make positive lifestyle changes
  • encourage people to get involved in local activities and courses near to where they live
  • help people reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • support local organisations and workplaces with training, advice and resources around health and wellbeing promotion.

For further information call 0151 630 8383 or visit their website

Wirral Mind have launched their programme of courses and groups running from May to August 2014. The Programme includes Calm and Create workshops, Action for Wellbeing, Keeping Well in the Workplace, and much more. Course Application Forms should be sent to Wirral Mind, Fountain Project, Birkenhead, CH41 5DL or by email to  They also have a Bereavement and Loss support group and a Stop Smoking support service, for anyone who would like support with those issues.

Wirral Adult & Community Learning Partnership have a range of courses for adults for the summer term in venues across Wirral. Courses range from English, maths and IT to photography, gardening and British Sign Language. Programmes for each district can be downloaded below and adults on an eligible income-based benefit can access them for free, or at a reduced cost:

The Wallasey Area programme includes a 10-week Level 1 Award Equality and Diversity course, designed for anyone who is interested in developing knowledge in Equality & Diversity as part of their job role, to enhance their volunteering opportunities, or to contribute effectively within their communities. See the flyer for more details.

Do you have clients in need of literacy or numeracy support? A Literacy Buddies group is available at St James Centre, Laird Street, Birkenhead on Tuesdays from 1pm to 3pm. 

Contact North Birkenhead Development Trust on 0151 670 9974 and they will organise a short initial assessment and signpost to the St James Centre group, or a more suitable group, depending upon their individual learning needs. Please do not refer clients to the group before they have been assessed.  Contact Anna Barnish at the number above or email for further information.

Wiser Solutions operates community projects from the former Glass Barrel pub in Market Street, Birkenhead. Their focus is helping people gain skills which will increase their income and help improve the quality of life for local people. 

They will be running low cost training sessions and regular community clubs from February onwards. One will be a weekly club where people can learn facepainting from a qualified professional face painter. Other clubs and workshops include computer skills training, photography, cycle maintenance, first aid and health and safety. There will be a modest charge to cover expenses.

To book, phone 0844 415 4898 or email


An Independent Visitor service in Wirral requires volunteers

Barnardo'sA Barnardo’s service in Wirral is appealing for people who could volunteer for them as Independent Visitors.

Independent Visitors are positive role models who provide children and young people in care with a reliable relationship built on trust.

The service recruits, trains and supports Independent Visitors who develop long-term relationships with children and young people aged 6-21 who are being looked after by Wirral Local Authority.

An Independent Visitor is ‘independent’ as they do not work for the Local Authority.

Barnardo’s understand children and young people in care often do not have contact with their parents and families; for others contact can be limited, inconsistent and unpredictable leading to children and young people feeling isolated, which may impact on their self-esteem, sense of trust, wellbeing and development.

Through monthly visits, Independent Visitors dedicate their time getting to know a child or young person in order to provide a listening ear and advice, and share in their hobbies, interests, hopes and concerns.

Independent Visitors can encourage the child or young person to talk about issues important to them and support them to communicate their feelings to others. Independent Visitors can introduce the child or young person to new experiences and enhance their social network.

Key responsibilities are:

  • To visit a child or young person each month for a few hours, sharing in an activity that promotes their wellbeing and development
  • Arranging activities alongside the child or young person and ensuring these are appropriate to their age, aptitude and ability
  • Completing feedback reports following visits to provide a supportive representation of the young person’s needs
  • Respecting the confidential nature of the relationship
  • Communicating any concerns, incidents and/or feedback to the Independent Visitor Coordinator

Attitude/skills/knowledge for Independent Visitors are:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with children and young people
  • Ability to maintain an attitude of tolerance and acceptance to children and young people whose values and behaviour may be different to their own
  • Patience, reliability and sensitivity to the rights, needs and wishes of children and young people
  • Commitment to the role for at least six months in order to develop effective relationships
  • Commitment to undertake training and attend group meetings

Training and other support is:

  • Two 3 hour training sessions to introduce the role of an Independent Visitor
  • Regular support from the Independent Visitor Coordinator through individual meetings
  • Peer support from other Independent Visitors at group meetings
  • Expenses to cover activities and transport

Anyone who is interested in volunteering should contact Emily Dunn on 0151 637 6173 or via email at


Learn Sign Language with MSDP

MSDPMerseyside Society for Deaf People has a new Level 1 introductory British Sign Language Course starting at the Wirral Deaf Centre, 15-19 Grange Road West, Birkenhead, CH41 4BY.

The 8-week nationally accredited course starts on Monday 22nd September 2014 from 6pm to 9pm and costs £67, plus an assessment fee of £18.

See the poster for details. For an application form or to book your place, contact Gill on 0151 285 4013 or email


I Wheelie Can

I Wheelie Can….. working to improve disability awareness amongst young people

I Wheelie Can“27% of 16 to 19 year olds with a disability are not in any form of employment, education or training” – Office of National Statistics.

I Wheelie Can… wants to change this by supporting those with disabilities and changing the attitudes of those without as well as helping organisations achieve a greater understanding of the needs of their disabled clients, in addition to the benefits disabled employees can bring.

For the young individuals I Wheelie Can… offers one to one mentoring, encouraging the individuals down realistic paths towards achieving their desired goals and proposing strategies that can help them achieve their targets.

They also offer inspirational speeches to groups of young people who may be struggling with motivation. This is targeted at both disabled and non-disabled young people and covers the problems and situations I Wheelie Can… founder Emma Hawkins has faced in her life and the attitude and coping strategies she adopted to successfully come through them.

I Wheelie Can… has worked with a number of clients in Wirral, including Wirral NHS, Options for Supported Living and Wirral Metropolitan Collage.

Below are some testimonials from young people who have attended I Wheelie Can… workshops:

“It helps to understand the needs and psychology of disabled people, respecting disabled people’s dignity and rights”

“I think Emma is an inspiration to people and her work to increase awareness of disability is amazing”

“I didn’t expect to get as much from the session as I did. I found it engaging and thought provoking and a valuable addition to my previous experience of disability”

“Appreciated Emma’s openness, would of been happy to ask her anything, admired her confidence”

If you feel your organisation could benefit from the services I Wheelie Can… offers, call 07983 208719 or e-mail Emma Hawkins to discuss how you can work together with I Wheelie Can…