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Friday, November 21st, 2014

Board members for Colebridge Enterprises

Board members sought to help disadvantaged people

Have you time to spare to use your skills and experience to help others? We are looking for new directors for Colebridge Enterprises to help us to take our work with disadvantaged trainees to the next level.

Colebridge Enterprises is a young and innovative, not-for-profit enterprise arm of a Solihull based charity that seeks to improve the life chances of learning disabled and other disadvantaged people by offering a combination of employment and training in our manufacturing sub-assembly business.

Our Board is seeking additional members to assist in steering the organisation through a planned programme of growth, with a view to increasing our social impact whilst achieving a reduction in our grant dependency. We are looking for three energetic, experienced and committed people to join our board of directors and bring their influence to bear upon our development.

There has never been a greater need for the service which we provide, as the tide of employment turns whilst the benefits system undergoes increasing restriction. Our beneficiaries are those who struggle to get a foothold on the employment ladder and our aim is to give them that secure first step from which they will not look back. Whilst we have only been operating our assembly business for eighteen months, we already have success stories to report.

We are ideally seeking people with the experience in the following areas:

  • One new member with a financial background to become our Treasurer
  • One new member with business development experience to support our quest for new customers
  • One new member with a manufacturing background to support operational growth.

However, if you have other experience you think could be valuable, and are willing to invest your energy and time in our work then we would still be delighted to hear from you.

These roles are likely to require up to 8-15 hours of your time per month, including attendance at a monthly board meeting.

To discuss our requirements further and express an interest, please contact our CEO, Dave Pinwell, on 07500 081216 or via in the first instance.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Friday, October 24th, 2014

HS2 Community and Business Support Funds (from 2017)

The Government has announced that communities and businesses near the new HS2 high speed railway will benefit from grants. The Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) will make up to £30 million available for residents and local communities between London and Birmingham to invest in public projects such as the refurbishment of local community centres, nature conservation and measures to support local economies and employment.

Community groups, charities, non-governmental organisations and business support organisations will be able to bid for grants from the new funds, which are expected to be rolled out when construction starts in 2017.

Grants will be awarded until the end of HS2’s first year of operation in 2026.

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Rough Sleeping – protocol for Solihull (October 14)

The updated Solihull Rough Sleeper Protocol has been published by Solihull Council.

The full protocol can be downloaded below. The appropriate responses to rough sleepers are:

Download the protocol: Solihull Rough Sleeper Protocol – 2014-15 Update

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull

talent_match_logoTalent Match is a 5 year programme, equipping 1000 long-term unemployed young adults (18-24) across Birmingham and Solihull with the skills to sustain employment. The programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the local partnership is led by BVSC with Solihull SUSTAiN.

We aim to achieve…

  • By May 2018, 1000 young adults will access Talent Match support with at least 50% entering the paid work experience option for at least 6 months.
  • Each year, 70% of participants report improvements in skills, confidence, and self-perception as a result of involvement in paid work experience & complementary volunteering placements with local charities.
  • 150 young adults specifically access enterprise mentors and business support and as a result, by May 2018, 100 of these are self-employed and/or engaged in local enterprise & social enterprise.
  • By May 2018, at least 200 TM participants are in sustainable paid employment with 100 local employers, and both groups actively share their positive TM experience with peers and policymakers

Talent Match can work with 18-24 year olds living in Birmingham or Solihull who have been out of employment or training for at least 12 months.

In particular, Talent Match Birmingham & Solihull can offer support to:

  • Care leavers
  • Ex-offenders
  • People with learning difficulties or disabilities

Download the Talent Match flyer with essential details of the programme for young adults.


Further details from

T: BVSC 0121 643 4343 (8) | Solihull SUSTAiN 0121 711 3148

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Resource to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation

A website has been launched at, which contains information about CSE and how to spot the warning signs.

Child sexual exploitation, CSE, is a crime that can affect any child, anytime, regardless of their social or ethnic background. It is child abuse and involves perpetrators grooming their victims in various ways, such as in person, via mobiles or online, to gain their trust before emotionally and sexually abusing them.

It can take place in many forms, whether through a seemingly consensual relationship, or a young person being forced to have sex in return for some kind of payment, such as drugs, money, gifts or even protection and affection.

Solihull Council has joined forces with neighbouring authorities and West Midlands Police to raise awareness of this shocking and horrific abuse crime.

The enclosed CSE materials are aimed at parents, children/young people, the general public and those working with children and young people.  Please read and distribute / upload onto your website as appropriate.

Through the ‘See Me, Hear me’ campaign we hope to protect children at risk by increasing people’s understanding of child sexual exploitation and how to spot the warning signs in a child’s behaviour.


Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Hoarders’ Support Group

Clouds End CIC is starting a support group for people with hoarding issues.

Please see their flyer for the group.

The first meeting is 30th September at Solihull Fire Station
620 Streetsbrook Road
Solihull, B91 1QY

Contact details for Clouds End CIC:

0121 680 5287

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
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, 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.


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.


Simon Richards
Chief Inspector
Service Transformation Team