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Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Children’s Clothing project

Children’s Clothing scheme launched in Solihull

We are writing to introduce our children’s clothing scheme that has been set up for families living in Solihull going through a difficult time/crisis/trauma. We believe this scheme could be of use to families you are supporting in Solihull.

Childrens Clothing.Solihull is a Community Interest Company and is a non profitable social enterprise aimed to benefit the local community.

The clothing scheme donates children’s clothing to families living in Solihull, aged 0 – 16 years. The children’s clothing is given to us by Schools, Children’s Centres, Churches as well as the local community. All clothing donated to families is wearable and clean.

A referral system is in place and the referral form must be completed by a professional who knows the family. The clothing is usually delivered to the referrer, rather than the family home.

A referral can be made for a family if they are affected by any of the following :

Domestic abuse
Single parenting
Teenage parenting
Homelessness
Having to access a food bank
Financial hardship

Childrens Clothing.Solihull has been making links with Agencies/Organisations in Solihull to ensure all ‘Families In Need’ can benefit from the clothing scheme. We are extremely keen to make agencies and community services aware of the referral system to enable easy access and to reach as many struggling families as possible.

Download a Referral Form (with contact details to send it to).

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

It’s time to nominate – Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

QAVS_logoRecognise the groups volunteering in your community

Do you know a group of volunteers that devotes time to helping others and makes a difference in your community?

It’s easy to nominate

Since Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, the Queen has awarded this prestigious national honour to hundreds of volunteering groups across the UK. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups, recognises the outstanding contribution that volunteers make to their local communities.

If you know of a volunteer group that devotes its time to helping others in your local community and deserves recognition, nominate them for an Award.

Download further details on the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

(Nominations have to be submitted by Tuesday 30th September 2014)

Make an online nomination at: https://qavs.direct.gov.uk

Email: queensaward@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk

Call: 0207 271 6206

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Solihull Heatwave Action Plan

The Resilience Team for Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire sends alerts when severe weather is predicted by the Met Office.

This Solihull Heatwave Action Plan details the recommended actions to be taken by agencies during the extreme hot weather.

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Solihull Heatwave Plan 2014 Version 1

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Solihull Partnership Assembly 2014 Film

Solihull Partnership Assembly 2014

This film has been produced highlighting partnership working that is a focus of the Assembly

Friday, June 20th, 2014

West Midlands Police – Service Transformation

West Midlands Police are undergoing a Service Transformation programme.

They have issued the following to voluntary sector partners

(Plus this downloadable leaflet with details.)

Dear Colleagues,

The month of June will see the introduction of some major changes to how we handle public protection and investigation within West Midlands Police.

The changes focus firmly on the needs of the victim, forming part of a force-wide restructuring in this important arena and aim to provide an enhanced level of service.

The scale of change is unprecedented, bigger than the size of 27 other UK forces, and is as a result of a 12 month force review by the into our public protection and investigative functions.

The new operating model will see an additional 275 officers bolstering the numbers within public protection, working with our most vulnerable victims.

The changes have been made following wide scale consultation with local partner agencies and are being rolled out across the force throughout this year. Walsall and Wolverhampton LPUs are the first local areas to “go live” with the new model, starting on 16 June.

Key changes include:

  • Centralised force-wide teams investigating murders and child sexual exploitation
  • The creation of a specialist force-wide vulnerable adults team and an emerging trends team
  • All acquisitive crime (e.g. burglary, vehicle crime) will be investigated by Local Policing Units, putting local investigators at the heart of local criminality
  • Violent crime investigation will be clustered, with the expansion of the remit of the homicide and serious, organised and complex crime teams
  • Three sexual offences team working alongside sexual offender managers will work on a clustered basis across the force
  • The focus of public protection will be expanded with the creation of local child and domestic abuse teams and the creation of a vulnerable adult unit
  • Closer collaboration between teams working across the public protection and investigation

Details of the locations of the new teams, the roles they will be covering and when they will Go Live can be found on the accompanying document.

There will be no change to the delivery of local policing across the West Midlands. Officers and PCSOs will continue to respond to calls in their area and deliver neighbourhood policing to communities

Extensive work has been undertaken to understand the depth of work being carried out across our public protection and investigative teams and the changes have been made very much in consultation with our partners.

Attached is an A3 pull out on the changes including detailed information on the new teams.

If you have any questions please do contact me to discuss further.

Service_transformation@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Regards

Simon Richards
Chief Inspector
Service Transformation Team

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Child Sexual Exploitation resources – Solihull LSCB

Child Sexual Exploitation – resources for people working with children and young people

Solihull’s Local Safeguarding Children Board has issued the following details about resources available to organisations and people working with children and young people to support awareness of and action against Child Sexual Exploitation.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of child abuse which involves boys and girls receiving something – for example accommodation, food, drugs and alcohol, gifts, money or affection – in exchange for sexual activity or having others perform sexual activities on them.

These children are often the victim of violence, coercion and intimidation and we all have a responsibility to protect them.

As a person working with children and young people, you have a responsibility to recognise and safeguard the children and young people that you work with against CSE.  The message we want you to remember is “if you can’t rule it out, then rule it in.”

To help you, Solihull’s Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has published an induction pack on CSE as well as human trafficking and runaways.  It has the following resources on CSE:

  • What makes children and young people vulnerable to CSE and the signs to look out for
  • A new West Midlands wide screening tool which enables you to assess a child’s level of risk/vulnerability to CSE
  • The steps you should take if you suspect a child or young person is being sexually exploited

Other useful resources are available on the Solihull Council website including tools to use with young people and a ‘myths buster guide’ which challenges the myths and stereotypes around CSE.

Please also make yourself familiar with the LSCB CSE procedures.

It is important that you attend CSE training if you have not already done so – the LSCB provides three levels of training on awareness; protection, prevention and detection; and skills for working with vulnerable young people.

Rachel Hopper is the CSE Co-ordinator in Solihull and is on hand to provide advice and guidance if you are concerned about a child or young person who is at risk of, or experiencing CSE.  Rachel can provide a variety of support from suggesting resources to use with a young person, assisting with CSE procedures and contributing to meetings.

You can contact Rachel on 0121 788 4336 or email rhopper@solihull.gov.uk

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Community Advice Hub

AgeUK Solihull, alongside partners Citizens Advice Solihull Borough and DIAL Solihull, working on behalf of Solihull Council, are pleased to announce that the Community Advice Hub – Solihull (CAHS), a partnership led Voluntary and Community Sector Information and Advice Hub, will commence pilot operation on 2nd June in Chelmsley Wood Library.

The Hub will be open between 10.00am and 2.00pm Monday to Friday. Throughout the course of the pilot period, further partner agencies will initially be invited to enter into referral pathway arrangements with the Hub and, where appropriate, to provide services at the Hub on a sessional basis. A plan is in place to contact wider VCS partner agencies, in order to develop these arrangements, during June, and further details on this will follow.

For any further details that may be required more urgently, please email Lucy Garratt, lucy.garratt@ageuksolihull.org.uk.

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Giving Tuesday concept comes to Britain

#GivingTuesday, a global campaign encouraging people to give their time, money or voice to charity on one day, is on 2nd December this year.

Already an annual event in the United States, Canada, across Latin America and elsewhere, for the first time a UK campaign will be led by the Charities Aid Foundation.

See their press release.

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Disability Sport Directory – 2014

Coverntry Solihull and Warwickshire Sport has produced the first edition of the Disability Sport Directory.

If you would like hard copies please contact Penny Kirkham at CSW Sport and Physical Activity Partnership on 024 7657 4889 / 07881 267489 or penny@cswsport.org.uk

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Welfare Reform Newsletters – Solihull MBC

Welfare Reform news from Solihull Council.

Here are the latest editions of the Newsletter: