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Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Donate a Coat appeal – Children’s Clothing.Solihull

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Free debt help now available in Solihull – CAP

Free Debt Help now available in Solihull

Local debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has recently launched its new project in Solihull in partnership with Dickens Heath Church – a service aiming to help people begin their journey towards financial freedom.

CAP differs from other similar services, as the volunteers visit clients in the comfort of their own homes. By negotiating with creditors and supporting people right up until they are debt free, CAP ensures they stand by their clients every step of the way.

With over 306 CAP Debt Centres across the UK, the project has proven very successful. Now available in Solihull, CAP provides local people access to the service. TV’s Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis has highly recommended the service, recognising the dedication of the CAP volunteers and positive impact counselling can have.

Solihull CAP Centre Manager, Pam Stableford said, “Every week we see people who think that there is no way out of their money problems and every week we offer them a solution that really works.”

People seeking help with debt can call Christians Against Poverty’s freephone number 0800 328 0006 or visit for more information.

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Recruitment Drive

SUSTAiN is launching a Trustee and Volunteer recruitment drive in the autumn. This is an opportunity for local organisations to fill their vacancies. Before the launch we are collecting information about what positions you would like to fill.

If you have Trustee vacancies, please fill out our trustee vacancies form.

If you have volunteer vacancies, please make sure that they are entered onto the do-it website. For guidance about using the do-it website:

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Armed Forces Covenant news, July 2017

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Get your data in order – the GDPR is coming!

Many charities and community organisations in Solihull will need to start thinking about GDPR or, after May next year, they may find themselves on the wrong side of the law. It is heavy stuff and, to be comfortable, a good 6-8 months for planning and implementing changes would be sensible.

So, what is it? The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and all UK organisations that process the personal data of EU residents have only a short time to ensure that they are compliant. Brexit will make no difference in that timeframe.

This new Regulation extends the rights of individuals and the requirements upon organisations processing personal data:

  • The definition of personal data is being broadened
  • Organisations are required to reduce the amount of personally identifiable information they store, and to ensure that they do not store any information for longer than necessary
  • Explicit parental consent will be necessary for processing data about children under age 16
  • The rules for obtaining valid consent are being changed.

SUSTAiN is intending to run an information/training event in early Autumn to provide guidance to those in the local sector who require it. If you think your organisation will be affected by these changes and would be interested in attending, please email

Friday, July 14th, 2017

New Charity Governance Code published

The updated version of the Charity Governance Code has been published, setting out higher standards and urging larger charities to carry out external reviews every three years.
You can view and download the new code and find advice about using the code on the new Charity Governance Code website.
The publishers of the code are keen to raise awareness among funders and for charities to state in their annual report if they are following the code.

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Solihull celebrates National Volunteers Week 2017

On Friday 9th June, Solihull’s Volunteer Managers’ Forum welcomed volunteers to a celebratory cream tea in recognition of all the valuable work they undertake across the borough.

Beautiful scones were made by volunteers from Seeds and Hope for the event, held at Junction in Fordbridge with the rest of the menu being funded thanks to a generous donation by St Alphege Rotary Club.

The Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Stuart Davis, attended and as well as chatting to the volunteers about their activities he handed out certificates to thank them for their hard work. Attendees included those who support ReCOM, Citizens Advice Solihull Borough and Solihull Christian Fellowship among many others.

The Mayor said, “The volunteers do so much good work and it’s so good to see them have recognition for their efforts”

To find out more about volunteering and how you can get involved with the Volunteer Managers’ Forum contact Lou Beddoe at Solihull SUSTAiN on 0121 704 7860 or

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Music Skills for children with additional needs – Smith’s Wood

For children aged 6-13 with additional support needs.

Wednesdays 4pm-5pm

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Inclusive Sports sessions – Smith’s Wood

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Community Clean Up – Cars Area, Smith’s Wood

Community Clean up on the following dates, 11am-noon:

  • 8 June
  • 6 July
  • 3 August
  • 31 August
  • 28 September
  • 26 October
  • 23 November

Meet at Auckland Hall to collect equipment and get prepared. Then come back for a drink and treat.