Early Intervention Champions
Whether you are a midwife, teacher, community safety officer, local volunteer, commissioner or council member – the EIF needs you!
From Glasgow to Gloucestershire, we are building a national network of people who are passionate about early intervention. People who understand the real difference it makes to individual lives, local communities and broader society. The Champions network gives an essential local voice to our advocacy work with national and local leaders. As an Early Intervention Champion, you will have many opportunities to learn from each other and celebrate individual successes.
Early Intervention Champions Week
In the run up to the 2015 General Election, we asked our Champions network what they wanted to see from the new Goverment. This is a crucial time for early intervention and the EIF are calling on the Government to take action. With nearly £17 billion per year being spent on late intervention, we think it’s about time early intervention becomes a political priority. Champions gave us their thoughts on the ground. Find out here what our call to Government entails.
To the Prime Minister
From Karen Bateson, Clinical Child Psychologist
“I probably represent your quintessential target voter; I’m an employed, middle class homeowner in my 40s, living the 2.4 lifestyle in middle England. I pay tax, don’t cost you much, and work to enable vulnerable families to improve their life chances. It would be easy to assume that my rosy life was built on a good start in childhood. But actually it wasn’t and I arrived where I am today thanks to an “early intervention” which many of my peers weren’t lucky enough to receive…”
Views are not necessarily endorsed by EIF. Please click here to see our call to Government.Read Karen’s full letter here
Download the pledge form
Please complete and return this form to Champions@eif.org.uk
We ask that you find someone to endorse your pledge to become a Champion, for example your manager.
Click here to read more about what being a Champion involves and what you can expect from us.
At the first Champions meeting in March, a few of our Early Intervention Champions told us a bit more about their work and why early intervention matters to them.
Ayo Ashunremi, Founder & Director, Inspiration Youth Call
“We are helping young people reconstruct their foundations, believe in themselves and give them a voice”
Watch Ayo tell us his journey to setting up youth mentor service, Inspiration Youth Call
From Barbara Shipton, Home-Start Sutton
I have witnessed the benefits of early intervention first hand through my volunteering with Home-Start Sutton.
Here is an example:
Mum: Recently diagnosed with a disorder affecting her muscles and movement. Also has a dislocated knee
Dad: Working from 12.30 till 23.30 to enable him to take the children to school, to do the shopping etc.
Children: Four aged 6, 5, 2 and 4 months
The family were living in a cramped 2 bedroom maisonette. Mum was unable to move from the sofa.Read the full case-study here
My pledge update
Denise is a School Project Manager with a schools-based counselling service.