She said: “The Partnership’s focus is on reducing infant mortality so we are working with families with children under five and pregnant women. It is early days yet but we are very pleased with the reaction to our service.”
Ayesha and her colleagues work with the Partnership’s pregnancy outreach workers who offer support and health advice to pregnant women. She said: “If they find anyone who needs extra help regarding financial matters, the outreach workers refer them to us at the nearest children’s centre. The outreach workers are very switched on to people’s needs.”
Ayesha has worked in advice services for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience to the role. She said: “People’s needs differ from area to area and we are asked about everything from bankruptcy and debt to housing and welfare benefits.
“We are rushed off our feet but we are never too busy to talk to people. And if someone can’t get to one of the children’s centres, they can ring me on 0787 0511972 between 4pm and 5pm weekdays, or leave a message at the EDAS Foundation on 0121 507 9903.”