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Friday, July 17th, 2015

Early Help strategy – seeking view of Young People and Families

Following the recent consultation with employees who work with children, young people and families, the Council’s new early help structure has been finalised.

Solihull MBC says:

A period of recruitment and induction is now taking place, and the new teams will become operational from October.

In addition, a clear Transitional Plan for September to December will be prepared over the summer, alongside an Implementation Plan for 2016, which will pull together all of the work streams and feedback that has been received.

To help us to design the right pathways for children, young people and families to be able to get the help and support that they need in the future, we want to know how they get access to information, advice and support now and how they would like to be able to get this in the future.

We have designed two questionnaires – one for children and young people and one for families. Please encourage as many people as possible to complete these.

This is an exciting and anxious time for all of us as we move towards a transformational change in the way we deliver early help. We have a great opportunity to make Solihull a place where early help is “everyone’s business “ and improve outcomes for children, young people and families.

Early Help Questionnaires

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid – community outreach service

A new venue has been added to BSWAID’s Community Outreach Service

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Talent Match in Solihull

What is Talent Match?

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

For Young People

Talent Match is a pre-employment preparation programme with a suitcase full of opportunities that will support you on your journey to secure long term employment. We aim to harness your potential and to support you to shape new skills that will enable you to unleash your talent to local employers.

A taste of what we can offer:

  • Paid work experience placements
  • Opportunities to upskill
  • Volunteer tasters
  • Business start up advice
  • Personal development budget
  • Personalised support from a dedicated Coach/Mentor

Talent Match will support those young adults in Birmingham and Solihull who are 18 – 24 and have been unemployed for 12 months or more.

Contact: 0121 643 4343

You can download the Talent Match flyer for young people here.

Work Placements

Tackling youth unemployment is an issue that requires a joined up response. Young adults need to put in the work to overcome their barriers to employment, specialist agencies need to provide the right support and resources at the right time, and employers need to give young adults a chance to develop their talent.

We understand the concerns of employers and throughout the Talent Match business planning structures have been developed to minimise risk, red-tape and costs of employing a young adult through the programme.

Volunteer Placements

We believe in volunteering and the positive impact it has on the individual and communities. Talent Match participants are encouraged to take on a volunteering placement with a voluntary sector organisation in an area of their interest to broaden their skills and benefit their community.

We recognise there are costs to supporting volunteers and are able to cover volunteer expenses and provide a small subsidy  to the organisation (subject to criteria). Talent Match participants will continue to access specialist support and engage with the Coach/Mentor throughout their volunteer placement.

For more information on how you could take on a supported volunteer in Solihull please email

Subsidised Work Placements

We’re looking for host businesses to take on a young adult for a 6 month paid work placement with the potential for ongoing employment.

Read about one employer’s experience of Talent Match Company

Download the flyer

Talent Match supports employers. We…

  • reduce the financial burden to host employers through wage subsidies.
  • minimise the risk to host businesses by employing young adults through the Talent Match Company.
  • only recommend suitable participants and encourage hosts to interview prospective candidates.
  • prepare young adults to be ‘work ready’ before matching them with a host employer through sustained, personalised wraparound support.
  • continue to support the young adult throughout their first six months of employment.

For more information on how you could take on a young adult for a subsidised 30 hour paid work placement, please email or call 0121 643 4343.

Alternatively, please check out our FAQs for further details.

Friday, March 13th, 2015

NHS England publishes guide for grants to VCS

NHS England has published ‘A bite size guide to Grants for the Voluntary Sector’, aimed at Clinical Commissioning Groups.

It “sets out the benefits and principles of providing grant funding for the voluntary and community sector and suggests some Practical Steps commissioners can take to use grants in the most effective way to support local priorities”.

You can download the guide here.

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Revised Cold Weather Plan for 2014/2015

A new Cold Weather Plan has been published for Solihull for 2014/15.

It details the responses of key agencies to protect their clients during severe weather conditions.

Download the Cold Weather Action Plan 2014-15

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Keep a local child warm – donate a coat!


Any unwanted coats can be taken to Bosworth Community Centre, where they will go to a child who needs it this Winter. If you know of any children that would benefit from a coat you can use this referral form – or they can contact us directly.

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.