Last week in West Midlands, ROC hosted an important conference on building stronger partnerships to support individuals and families in crisis. The conference, held on January 24th, 2024, was organised by ROC on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office, following the Diversion Delivery Plan consultation launched last year.

Over 130 people from various agencies and organisations across the West Midlands came together at the Legacy Centre of Excellence in Birmingham. The goal was to share best practices, identify opportunities for collaboration, and inspire concrete action plans to enhance the crisis support system across the region.

The conference featured a range of insightful speakers, including:

– Tom McNeil from the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

– Liam, who shared his lived experience with Revolving Doors

– Dr Laura Hammond from Birmingham City University

– Representatives from organisations like Aspire4U, Birmingham Voluntary Service Council, Sandwell Early Help, Birmingham Pathfinder, and more.

ROC is now working with the PCC’s office to coordinate follow-up efforts. They aim to turn the ideas and energy generated at the conference into tangible actions for greater collaboration between the various agencies in attendance.

The conference marked an important step toward strengthening partnerships between prevention, early help, and crisis support providers across the West Midlands. By inspiring joint action plans and fostering concrete collaborations, we can enhance the care and assistance available to those who need it most in our communities.