I must say that, having become a cynical old soul over the years and not likely to instantaneously think the best of my fellow man, my eyebrows do not easily raise at what goes on in the world. However, I confess that my jaw did take a serious dive in the direction of the basement whenContinue Reading →
Did you pick up Global’s ‘Make Some Noise’ day on your radio? Global is a media and entertainment group which runs eight of the UK’s top radio stations, with 23 million regular listeners. They were brought together yesterday for a charity fundraising day that brought in almost 2 million pounds for a host of goodContinue Reading →
There were two really important events either side of last weekend.
At the VCS Conference on Thursday 17 September, Nick Page, Chief Executive of Solihull Council, gave us a potent insight into the changing landscape, how that will affect the public sector over the coming years and the potential effect on the voluntary sector.
If you missed it, you shouldContinue Reading →
I ventured in this column a fortnight ago some thoughts upon having read The Pickwick Papers.
There was another section of Charles Dickens’ text in this tome that struck me rather forcibly. It was to be found in the heart of Chapter 22 where Pickwick discusses the diet of those with limited means with his servant:
‘It’s a wery remarkable circumstance, Sir,’ said Sam,Continue Reading →
I am drawn back to a topic I looked at in June, the question of the Combined Authority (full Blog entry here). I wrote at the time:
Solihull, as we know it today, owes its existence to Birmingham and the men who made it great. Those men were preeminent industrialists, architects and statesmen of their day.Continue Reading →
An important document has been published. It is a revised framework setting out how agencies across the West Midlands will work together to protect children from sexual exploitation (CSE).
The whole document is an essential read for anyone involved in working with children and can be found here.
But the onus is the whole of the Voluntary andContinue Reading →
The Government has launched a Public Consultation on the future of the BBC, which is all well and good, but Governments do like to tinker and there are some suggestions that it has its own Agenda, not least because, like all Governments that have gone before, it questions the Corporation’s objectivity.
Those of us who have beenContinue Reading →
Some of us have enjoyed a few very late nights excitedly supporting the England Ladies football team on their journey to winning the Third Place Playoff at the World Cup in Canada.
That is the best result in an international tournament achieved by any football team who have donned England shirts since 1966 and a great testament to the doggedContinue Reading →
So, what are we to make of this talk of Combined Authority? Is Solihull and its independence under threat from big Birmingham? Will our ability to meet the needs of our communities be pruned through diversion of resources into the Birmingham and Black Country conurbation? Should we resist it with all our might?
If we lookContinue Reading →
Well, the people have spoken and we have a new Government. Much to our surprise, given the way our expectations were teed up by the polls and the media, it will not be a coalition. The tenure of the new Government will, no doubt, see much more change, and the democratic process does not endContinue Reading →