Partnerships Award

The Partnerships category looks for projects that demonstrate how we work collaboratively with all stakeholders and partners to improve health, social care and wellbeing and tackle inequalities and social exclusions.

The Early Intervention Support Team support the development and delivery of a variety of targeted, early intervention family support services between the Trust, community and voluntary sector service providers.
The Team links with a network of community based family support services, the majority of whom are based in areas of significant social and economic deprivation.

The team’s work agenda originally focused on delivery of the Sponsored Day Care (SDC) scheme. The SDC scheme is a single point of referral for a range of Trust professionals such as Social Workers and Health Visitors who are seeking Day Care based supports for families assessed as being at risk or in need.

The team have invested significant time and effort in building partnerships with providers to deliver services able to meet more complex needs in children, such as behavioural disturbance, or life limiting medical conditions.

Examples of funded services currently available include a summer-scheme for children with a diagnosis of Autism and Learning Disability, facilitated by community group in West Belfast with families referred from North Belfast and Shankill areas. Mentoring and counselling supports have been introduced to two primary schools for children experiencing emotional issues in partnership with voluntary school.

To date, over 600 children and young people participated in summer programmes (2013) funded under Belfast Outcomes Group. A total of 857 families / young people have participated in a range of services funded through Belfast outcomes group.

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Pictured are the winners of the Partnerships category ‘Early Intervention Support Team’. The category reflects collaborative work with all stakeholders and partners to improve health, social care and wellbeing and tackle inequalities and social exclusions.