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Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Mental Health – Time for Change

One in six adults and 1 in ten children between the ages of 5 and 16 have a mental health problem at any one time in our region, according to “Thrive West Midlands”, a vital new report from the Mental Health Commission established by the Combined Authority.

Not only does this blight the lives of the

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Time To Spell Out Support Needs

Through the extensive work that SUSTAiN undertakes supporting the organisations in Solihull Voluntary and Community Sector, we know the broad spectrum of need that arise. We have been set and cracked quite a range of challenges in our time as your Infrastructure Support Service provider.

Now is the time for everyone with an interest in the future of this service

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Thursday, January 19th, 2017

A Question for every Rail Traveller

The disruption on train services caused by the row over who shuts the doors has been going on since early December. It is easy to feel isolated from it here in the Midlands, but we should not be. It could affect us in the end.

Everyone has their chance to express their opinion on the issue at stake except

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Thursday, January 5th, 2017

What to Expect from Officials

The Ivan Rogers affair is reverberating around the corridors of power at the moment, both in the UK and Europe. The election of Donald Trump is reverberating globally. Both raise some questions about the role of elected and career officials.

It seems to me that elected officials at all levels are there to act in the interests

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Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Celebrate Local Charities

This is being published on Local Charities Day, a day designated by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, which gives small, local charities and community groups a chance to sit in the spotlight.

In announcing the date, Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson said:

“On Local Charities Day, I want us all to shout from

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Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Time to Get Serious

The latest round of news about historical child abuse which is suddenly swamping the Football Association should be a wake up call for anyone involved in the running of activities for children.

We can be sure that this issue is not restricted to those areas where it has surfaced so far. It will no longer be

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Thursday, November 17th, 2016

If You Read Nothing Else ……

….. before this year draws to its final curtain, then read the Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Birmingham and Solihull. This joint NHS/Local Authority publication sets the stage for radical change within the provision of services and anyone involved in the voluntary or community sectors should know about it and prepare to engage with this vision.

The programme declares a ‘Triple Aim’

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Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

A Time to be Kind

It seems that our calendar is bowed down with every sort of special day, week or month imaginable. From National Avocado Day (really!!) to National Fishing Month, most pass by without us noticing. Writing this on Thursday November 3rd, I note with a general lack of excitement that today is National Sandwich Day. Well, who

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Friday, October 21st, 2016

Vital Questions on Mental Health

Change is on the air for approaches to delivery of mental health services and it is important for the users and potential users of such services, as well as those who care for them, to have their say.

In February of this year, the NHS committed to a ‘major transformation of mental health care with help for

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Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Bill for Better Buses

There is a welcome and overdue revolution in the air for the world of bus operations, aimed at raising standards, driving up passenger numbers and reversing the deregulation introduced with the 1985 Transport Act, now widely seen as an unmitigated failure.

The Bus Services Bill, heralded by the last Queen’s Speech, is currently at Report Stage

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