In June, our latest Share and Learn event was a big success with great feedback from over 100 delegates who attended. The Zoom event took place on Thursday morning and focused on low-income families. The event was opened by Cllr Louise McKinlay , portfolio holder for Children and Families at Essex County Council, followed by an excellent presentation from Poppy Reece about the latest research undertaken by Britain Thinks into the issues facing 50 low-income families across Essex. Zoom enabled us to create 10 break out groups to discuss the findings, hear from more expert practitioners, and share the issues that delegates were seeing on the front line. Throughout the session we were able to use Slido to ask questions and give an opportunity for everyone to give their feedback. A key piece of feedback we received was your energy to collaborate more to join up our work in supporting families. We then organised a follow up discussion which took place on Thursday 16th July.

 

On Thursday 16 July, those who attend our last share and learn event in June had the opportunity to come back together to share their ideas and co-produce some new collaborative approaches those who attended. During the call discussions took place the forthcoming holiday hunger/working families programme, and brainstorm what work is needed for after summer with a line of sight to physical activity.

It was clear from partners we all need to take our time in listening and talking to communities, ensuring we fully understand their needs, how best to support going forward and what resource and capacity might be required.  We very much see the Working Families agenda as ongoing discussions and we will regroup in September to look at how phase 2 of supporting working families develops