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Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Major fund for young people’s social action – #iwill fund

The Big Lottery Fund, together with the Government, Comic Relief, Pears Foundation and UK Community Foundations have announced a new £49.6m #iwill Fund to help increase the number of young people taking part in social action.

Managed by the charity Step Up To Serve, the #iwill Fund we will be releasing different waves of funding, delivered and distributed by the partners.

The first three partners to release funding will be:

  • the Pears Foundation who will be supporting activity within education, health and social care as well as scaling and supporting successful models to grow or sustain. Find out more from the Pears Foundation.
  • The UK Community Foundations will create small grants for local social action opportunities through their network of 43 Community Foundations across England. More information from UK Community Foundations.
  • Comic Relief will develop opportunities for young people from areas and backgrounds currently least likely to participate; working in co-production with young people over the next few months to design the initiative to launch in Spring 2017. More information from Comic Relief.

Or visit the site for the #iwill Fund.

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Protect your family against flu

www.nhs/livewell/winterhealth

Flu Vaccine Myth Buster

MYTH: Having the flu vaccine gives you flu

FACT: No, it doesn’t. The injected flu vaccine given to adults cannot give you flu.

Nor will the children’s flu nasal spray vaccine give your child flu.

MYTH: The flu jab doesn’t work

FACT: The flu vaccine IS still the best protection against flu.

MYTH: Once you’ve had the flu vaccine, you’re protected for life

FACT: No, you’re not. The viruses that cause flu can change every year, so you need a vaccination each year.

MYTH: Children don’t need the flu jab if they’re not in a high risk group

FACT: Yes they do. Flu is passed on very quickly among children who may not cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing. They can then spread it to babies and grandparents.

MYTH: Having flu is just like having a heavy cold

FACT: No its not. A bad bout of flu is much worse than a heavy cold. If you get complications, you could become seriously ill and end up in hospital.

MYTH: Flu can be treated with antibiotics

FACT: No, it can’t. Viruses cause flu, and antibiotics only work against bacteria and not viruses.

MYTH: You shouldn’t have the flu jab whilst pregnant

FACT: Yes you should. If you get flu when pregnant you may be very ill, which could be bad for your baby. Having the jab can also protect your baby against flu after they’re born.

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Winter Warmth Newsletter – for professionals in Solihull

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Mentors sought for young people

Could you Help a Young Person by being a Mentor?

By becoming a mentor you have the opportunity to share skills, have fun and make a difference. (1 to 1 or in a small group)

Volunteer 6-9 hours a month

Receive ongoing support and training

Gain experience working with young people and improve your career prospects

Be a role model and support your young person to reach their goals

Empower part of the Engage team

Engage Number 0121 709 7000

Email: engage.volunteerenq@solihull.gov.uk

For more info contact: Jade Reddie: 07717581660

Email: jade.reddie@solihull.gov.uk

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Community-led Housing – support for community groups to tackle housing crisis

National umbrella body Locality and MyCommunity are offering support to community groups to lead community housing projects.

If your area is crying out for decent, affordable housing, why not consider taking some local action to set up your own housing project? Communities can now have more of say over what they want to build and where they want to build it.

What is community-led housing?

Community-led housing projects are run by individual community groups determined to build the types of homes that local people need and want. These projects aim to solve local problems by working for and with the local community.

Community-led housing can help address issues like:

  • Affordable housing for:
    • those who are in need (such as unemployed people or single parents)
    • young people looking to buy their first house
    • older residents wanting to downsize
  • Reasonably priced homes for families
  • Housing that meets the community’s wants and needs
  • A long waiting list for council housing.

Find out more at MyCommunity’s website.

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Invitation from Solihull MP to recognise volunteers

Julian Knight, MP for Solihull, has introduced Solihull Points of Light to recognise ‘some of the amazing volunteers who do so much to enhance life in our community’.

He is inviting organisations in the borough to nominate volunteers who deserve recognition and once a month he will choose one volunteer to visit, to give them a thank you for all their hard work and write about them in his column for the local paper.

If your organisation would like to nominate a volunteer, then please email your details and contact information, the details and contact information of the volunteer you wish to nominate and up to 250 words saying why you are nominating them, to julian.knight.mp@parliament.uk.

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Armed Forces Community Covenant newsletter

The July 2016 newsletter of the Armed Forces Community Covenant for Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire has been published.

See below.

 

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Talk About North Solihull – Jul/Aug 2016

The July/August edition of Talk About North Solihull has been published. You can view below (or open in a separate window)

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Healthwatch Solihull Service Open Again

Healthwatch Solihull LogoThe Healthwatch Solihull service has now re-commenced its operations in full.

Until at least March 2017, the Healthwatch Solihull service has been commissioned by the Council to be provided by a partnership of local organisations under the leadership of Colebridge Trust’s Solihull SUSTAiN team based at the The Core in Solihull Town Centre.

The other partners, Citizens Advice Solihull Borough (CASB), DIAL Solihull, Experts By Experience – Solihull and Independent Advocacy, will work with SUSTAiN to ensure that the Healthwatch Solihull functions, ie to:

  • Gather views and understand the experiences of people who use services, carers and the wider community.
  • Make people’s views known, promoting and supporting the involvement of people in the commissioning and provision of local care services and how they are scrutinised.
  • Make the views and experiences of people known to Healthwatch England (and to other local Healthwatch organisations), and provide a steer to help it carry out its role as national champion.
  • Recommend investigation or special review of services via Healthwatch England or directly to the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
  • Provide information (signposting) about access to services and support for making informed choices.
  • Make arrangements for supporting local people with any complaints they may wish to progress in relation to NHS service provision through referral to a third party contracted by the local authority expressly for these purposes.

Colleagues across the Voluntary and Community Sector are asked to please help to promote this by letting service users know that anyone who has feedback about their experience with health and social care service in Solihull, wishes to make a formal complaint about their experience or requires information about access to services can contact Healthwatch Solihull:

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Do you want to help support the Armed Forces Community in your area?

There are ways in which local organisations can support our Armed Forces, Regular, Reserve, ex-Armed Forces and all their families.

To find out more download the latest edition of AFCC News from www.warwickshire.gov.uk/afccnews.

This highlights what has been happening across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, plus details of how to access the MOD Covenant Fund. The Covenant Fund can contribute to support the integration of military and civilian communities as well as improve support to the Armed Forces community as a whole.