We are required to engage and consult with our patients and the population of the Borough if we undertake any major service redesigns.
In this section, you can find a list of our current consultations (if we have any currently running) and give us your views.
Wigan Council is currently consulting on how we can improve services for children and families in our communities.
Our ‘Start Well Delivery Model’ proposal aims to change the way that services are delivered in the future with communities and our partners.
Currently 36 per cent of children arrive at school not meeting the developmental levels that allow them to be ready to learn and thrive at school, In some of our communities this reaches up to 80 per cent. We need to do better for these children and families and the proposals have been designed to do this.
The new proposed model is about re-thinking how we deliver services for 0-5’s to ensure better access for those that need it, through a more efficient, integrated, community based model. This will mean that people who deliver these services will work as part of one team to provide information, advice and support, closer to where residents live, in places families visit every day. This involves changing the way we deliver Children’s centres and related services.
Key points of the proposed model are:
- They are proposing 5 Start Well Centres and Community Hubs. The Start Well centre will be responsible for co-ordinating the services that are delivered from the centre and linked community hubs. They will work with families to help shape the types of services on offer.
- Start Well Centres will be responsible for co-ordinating and delivering services from places closer to where you live, meaning you won’t have to travel to Start Well centres to access services.
- They are proposing a ‘joined up’ team of staff co-ordinated from Start Well centres to deliver services in communities. These staff will be from a range of different services, including; midwifery; health visiting; early help services; Children’s centres and more.
- This proposal is not about a reduction of services and none of the current Children’s Centre’s are proposed to close. Some of the current Children’s Centres will become a Community Hub and will bring the services families need closer to their community, this could be advice, information and support about the things their children need to be safe, healthy and learn like childcare, baby massage, stay and play or parenting courses.
For more information, visit their website: http://www.wigan.gov.uk/Council/Consultations/Current/Childrens-services.aspx