Have your say and help shape SEND services

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Parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) are being encouraged to have their say to help shape services in the future.

Voice4Parents, an independent forum of parents and carers, is carrying out its annual survey, the findings of which will be used by Wolverhampton's SEND Partnership Board as it develops the city's SEND Strategy for the next few years.

The survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/FCMGRRS until Sunday 14 July, 2019.

Breastfeeding advice and support for parents and mums-to-be

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New parents, mothers-to-be and friends and family can get information and support at a free event taking place during this year's National Breastfeeding Week.

They can learn about feeding their baby and baby-led weaning and enjoy a range of fun activities at the free event at Low Hill Strengthening Families Hub, Fourth Avenue, on Friday 21 June, from 10am-noon.

Visitors will be able to find out about local services and organisations for families, and take part in baby massage, storytelling and nursery rhyme activities. Mums can also enjoy free mini beauty treatments, while families will be able to meet other parents, share experiences and learn new skills. Free refreshments will also be on offer.

Residents invited to have their say on Primary Care in the Black Country

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Residents in the Black Country and West Birmingham are being encouraged to have their say on primary care services, as local health organisations look to develop a joint strategy for how it will improve the care for patients over the next five years.

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the Black Country and West Birmingham have worked together to organise four engagement events during May to capture the views and experiences of local residents.

The events will be an opportunity to hear how health and care organisations are working together to improve access, continuity and coordination of care for local people.

Paul Maubach, Senior Responsible Officer for Primary Care in the Black Country and West Birmingham, said; “Developing a joint strategy is hugely important for the future of primary care services in the local area – which is why we want as many people as possible to have their say.

“We want to build on the joint success we have had recently with our GP workforce schemes and continue to identify opportunities where we can work together to ensure people will have more timely access to services close to where they live.”

The events will be taking place at the following times and locations. If you wish to attend, please register via the online booking links or telephone 01902 442610.

Locality Date / Time Venue Online Booking

Dudley

Thursday 23 May 2019

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Bank Street Methodist Church, Bank Street,

Brierley Hill, DY5 3DA

Book here

Sandwell &

West Birmingham

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Start 10am - 12pm

CAP Centre, Windmill Lane, Smethwick, B66 3LX

Book here

Walsall

Monday 20 May 2019

2pm - 4pm

Beechdale Lifelong Community Centre, Stephenson Square,

Walsall, WS2 7DY

Book here

Wolverhampton

Thursday 23 May 2019

10.30am - 12.30pm

Executive Suite, Hayward Stand, Molineux,

Wolverhampton, WV1 4QR

Book here