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Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Literary Litter Pick in Hobs Moat

The Literary Litter Pickers of Hobs Moat Library

Putting the Lit into Litter

Love Hobs Moat, let’s clean up!

Join the Literary Litter Pickers of Hobs Moat Library for an hour from 10.00 – 11.00am with tea and coffee afterwards. Meeting once a month, starting from Hobs Moat Library, on the following dates:

Tuesday 24 January 2017

Tuesday 14 February 2017

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Tuesday 18 July 2017

August TBC

Tuesday 19 September 2017

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Children welcome as long as they remain with their parents / carer and stay away from the main road.

Litter pickers provided by Solihull Council.

All help gratefully received and the more people who help the more roads with can cover.  Last year we collected 33 bags of litter in just 4 sessions.

Litter pickers available for loan from the library for a bit of solo litter picking at a time to suit yourself.

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Literary Litter Pick in Olton

The Literary Litter Pickers of Olton Library

Putting the Lit into Litter

Love Olton, let’s clean up!

Join the Literary Litter Pickers of Olton Library for an hour from 10.30 – 11.30am with tea and coffee afterwards. Meeting once a month, starting from Olton Library, on the following dates:

Saturday 7th January 2017

Saturday 4th February 2017

Saturday 4th March 2017

Saturday 1st April 2017 – don’t be an April Fool, don a litter picking tool!

Saturday 6th May 2017

Saturday 10th June 2017

Saturday 8th July 2017

Saturday 5th August 2017 – ice-creams all round!

Saturday 9th September 2017

Saturday 7th October 2017

Saturday 18th November 2017

Saturday 9th December 2017 – Mincepies Christmas special

Children welcome as long as they remain with their parents / carer and stay away from the main road.

Litter pickers provided by Solihull Council.

All help gratefully received.

Litter pickers available for loan from the library for a bit of solo litter picking at a time to suit yourself.

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

#WinterNatureSelfie – Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is encouraging people to get outdoors this winter and make use of its wildlife reserves in the area.

It may be cold outside but that it no reason to stay indoors this winter!

Research shows that spending time outdoors and doing physical activity are vital to wellbeing which is why we manage our reserves for people and wildlife. Children’s relationship with nature is poor and getting worse rapidly. According to research by the National Trust the next generation is so unfamiliar with some of our commonest wild creatures that one in three cannot identify a magpie yet nine out of ten can recognise a dalek!

It is vital that we continue to provide places and activities to help children and adults engage with nature however this comes with considerable costs – could you support us to help ensure there are havens for wildlife which people can also enjoy?

We manage 65 nature reserves across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire; visit our website to plan your visit today!

Book onto our events here:

So wrap up warm and get out there with nature!  Take a #WinterNatureSelfie share on social media and donate £5 to Warwickshire Wildlife Trust so that we can continue to provide havens for wildlife which you can enjoy.

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


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


For more info contact: Jade Reddie: 07717581660


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

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.