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Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Events at Auckland Hall, Smith’s Wood

There’s plenty going on at Auckland Hall, Smith’s Wood.

Their calendar for the start of 2018 is here. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more up-to-date details.

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Solihull Together Awards – Solihull Council

It’s time to start celebrating!

No. Not Christmas.  We’re talking about celebrating outstanding care and support for adults with the Solihull Together 2018 Awards.

Now in their fourth year, these borough-wide awards celebrate how people across Solihull are working together to support our population.  

The Awards are an opportunity to recognize the achievements of residents and volunteers, health and care professionals who are making life better for vulnerable and frail adults in Solihull.

For the 2018 Awards nominations can be submitted for nine award categories which range from Local Hero and Outstanding Community Project to Care Team and Outstanding Customer Experience.  In addition the judges will select one outstanding nomination from these categories to receive the Chairman’s Award.

You’ll find full details of the award categories and information about how to submit your nominations at or follow us on Twitter @ST4BL   To give you some inspiration, you’ll also find stories about our 2017 winners on the website.

You have until midday on Monday 29 January 2018 to tell us about the great work you, your friends and colleagues are doing in Solihull. So please get nominating!

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Blowing Our Own Trumpet and Changing Face

Mayor cuts cakeWe don’t often blow our own trumpet. After all there is barely time for putting the bugle to the lips when there is constant demand from people needing help and support. And, anyway, it doesn’t feel right to pull the spotlight away from them.

However, Wednesday night’s celebration of the Colebridge Trust’s 15th Birthday providing the opportunity to shout about our achievement and share the celebratory mood with a host of folks who have been a part of our success over the years.

It was also an opportunity to announce that the years of confusion about whether we are Colebridge Trust or SUSTAiN are over. The SUSTAiN brand is being relegated and one of our Board Members, Warren Albutt, owner of successful local agency of Start 2 Finish Marketing, has helped with the development of a brand new look and logo set.

The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Stuart Davis, cut the celebration cake before light refreshments were enjoyed by a host of guests from the voluntary and community, business and public sectors. The celebratory atmosphere was enhanced by the singing of the Wellbeing Community Choir, a grateful recipient of support and advice from our team.

But the occasion was also an opportunity to highlight some of the great work that we do and to publish a new brochure providing a snapshot of the broad contribution the Trust makes to our communities across the borough.

The booklet was the first introduction of our new logo set, an overarching brand, one for each of the three arms of the charity and one to sustain the Sustain name during a period of transition:

Set of Logos

There seem to be challenging times ahead for the community sector in Solihull, but the Trust is in good heart, standing by a solid track record of achievement after 15 years and geared up to continue building social capital for Solihull’s communities for many more to come.


CEO Colebridge Trust & SUSTAiN

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

An updated look on the way!

The Colebridge Trust celebrated its 15th birthday last week – 15 years of supporting community activity in Solihull.

So, with this anniversary, we thought it was time to update our look and address the confusion around who we are – are we Colebridge Trust or Solihull SUSTAiN or what?

We are retiring the Solihull SUSTAiN brand, introducing a new look for Colebridge Trust and hopefully being clearer about who we are and what we do.

So you’ll see our new Colebridge Trust identity being used for all of our work with variations for our different areas of activity. We hope you like it!

For more on the changes see Dave Pinwell’s blog post.

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

CEO Colebridge Trust & SUSTAiN

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.