Our First Steps

On 12th May ‘Our First Steps’ brought together over 100 members of the SSBC partnership highlighting the tremendous achievements of SSBC so far in what is only the first 2 years of the 10 year programme.

The event brought together local practitioners, parents as well as national leaders in services for children and creative thinkers to encourage us to consider what we do and why we do it.

Senior leadership for the city opened the day commenting on how well the partnership “helped ensure everyone was rowing together in the right direction” before quickly handing over to colleagues and organisations that were making a difference as a result of the programme. Local voluntary sector organisations like Playworks, Bulwell Community Toy Library and Framework were able to talk about the difference they are making and what the SSBC partnership means for children in the areas where they work.

Ellen Smith spoke about the importance of play and the “supportive opportunities to think creatively about activities for children through the SSBC Innovations Fund.”

Guest speaker, Steve Chapman (Chief Adventurer from Can Scorpions Smoke) gave an interactive talk encouraging everyone present to think differently from a position of safe uncertainty illustrating the importance of effective communication by encouraging participants to have a conversation as teenagers.

Professor Al Aynsley-Green, the first independent children’s commissioner, encouraged us to think broadly about how “nurturing children” is central in what we do whether we are parents, professionals or we’d just like to see our children do well. He encouraged us to continually ask “What does that mean for children?”

Participants were able to share their views in interactive workshops covering topics like the importance of good nutrition in early years, system change, parent powered change, literacy hubs, supporting positive brain architecture through working in partnership and how we think creatively about how we work together.

The day created tremendous excitement and enthusiasm. Richard Owen, Volunteer Co-ordinator for Groundworks said:“What excites me most about this is how big it is and just how big it could get.”

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