Early action has broad applications for tackling poverty and disadvantage. The workshop looked at the value and impact of early action principles in addressing the needs of asylum seekers and refugees. Such interventions take a more preventative approach and tackle the root causes of problems, intervening in a timely and effective way that reduces pressure on crisis services. In general, this creates better outcomes for individuals and communities and saves money longer term. A background briefing to early action can be found here
Presentations from the migrant support sector, welfare advice services and local authority were shared by Birmingham City Council, Brushstrokes, Sandwell and Ignite, Central England Law Centre, Coventry. These examples shared the learning of how early action principles underpin an approach to services and support that is also supported by funders and commissioners that embed early action principles in the way they allocate resources. The workshop explored where funders and commissioners of services were in their journey to embed early action principles and where they sought more progress and support in taking this further forward.
A recording of the presentations and discussion is here.
Notes from the breakout discussions can be found here.
Further resources and information will be uploaded shortly to support funders in taking forward early action approaches to grant making.