20th Jul, 2019

Woman who helps vulnerable Solihull families handed BEM

Sarah Mason 19th Jun, 2019 Updated: 19th Jun, 2019

A WOMAN who helps the borough’s most vulnerable families has been named in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.

Terri Scott, who works as a family group conferencing co-ordinator on the Solihull Troubled Families Programme has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the programme.

Since joining Solihull Council in 2014 Terri has worked with many families to bring then together with their support network to discuss issues and work out a plan to keep children and young people safe.

Solihull Troubled Families Programme aims to support families facing complex issues which may require the support from many different statutory agencies and may therefore prove to be an expensive drain on public services, according to Solihull Council.

The programme can focus on issues including improving school attendance, reducing crime or anti-social behaviour and improve the physical and mental health of all family members.

Terri said: “It all came as a huge shock finding out that I had been nominated to receive an Order of the British Empire Medal for my work and it still feels a bit surreal.

“It’s incredible to have received such an honour which I think really reflects the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the programme in supporting troubled families across the borough.”

Councillor Ken Meeson, cabinet member for children, education and skills said: “We’re incredibly lucky to have such a vast pool of talented and committed people here at Solihull.

“Terri’s work with vulnerable families and her huge contribution to the Troubled Families programme really mark her out and make her truly deserving of this honour.

“Terri is a tremendous asset to the Council and to the communities she serves every day.

“I am delighted to see her hard work being recognised like this.”

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