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Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Armed Forces Community Covenant newsletter out now

The latest edition of Armed Forces Community Covenant News 3 is out now!

This is the 3rd newsletter of the Armed Forces Community Covenant partnership across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire and will be of interest to all those connected with the Armed Forces.

This edition provides information on events, activities, successes and the progress of partner organisations in delivering the Armed Forces Covenant locally.

View the Armed Forces Community Covenant Newsletter here.

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

How to be ready for the new data protection regulations

The Information Commissioner has produced a useful publication about Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) giving  12 steps to take now to get ready.

You can read the full publication here.

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Small Charity Week 2017

The FSI (Foundation for Social Improvement) will be running Small Charity Week again this year from June 19th-24th.

Each day of Small Charity Week is themed to maximise the support offered to charities during the week.

Small Charity Week 2017

Small Charity Week (19th- 24th June) is the biggest event in the small charity calendar providing free initiatives, competitions and support over six days for charities or local community organisation with an annual turnover under £1.5 million.

Events during the week include:

I Love Small Charities Day: Three social media competitions to win funds for your charity.

Big Advice Day: Free advice on any charity topic of your choosing from experts across the sector and business leaders.

Policy Day: Local and national events will be held to support engagement between small charities and policy makers and influencers.

Fundraising Day: Take part in free competitions and initiatives to raise vital funds for your small charity and join events to improve your knowledge on fundraising topics.

Small Charity Big Impact Day: Showcase your small charity and the fantastic impact it makes by applying for the FSI’s Small Charity Big Impact Awards.

Celebration Day: Get involved and run an event to help raise awareness of and celebrate your amazing work.

They are calling on all small charities to get involved and engage with the activities available. Check the website now as some deadlines are fast approaching.

See for more information and follow @SCWeek2017 for breaking news.

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Music Skills for children – Smith’s Wood

Interactive Music Group for children aged 8-16 with additional support needs.

Wednesdays 4pm-5pm

Auckland Hall, Sunbeam Close, Smith’s Wood, B36 9JR

Further information contact Georgina on 07864057526

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Solihull Youth Hub – for young homeless people

Launch of Solihull Youth Hub – week commencing 3rd April 2017

From Monday 3rd April the way the Council supports single young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless will be changing.

The Council has commissioned St. Basil’s for 2 years to pilot delivery of a specialist accommodation and support pathway for young people. Through the Solihull Youth Hub, St. Basil’s will provide housing advice and specialist home options support to single young people aged 16 – 24 who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or in housing need.  They will be working closely with SCH and Children’s Services to ensure statutory duties are met but wherever possible will be looking to intervene early and prevent homelessness.

So, from next week if you are working with or come across young people who are single or in a childless couple, aged 16-24 and homeless, at risk of homelessness or in housing need St. Basil’s (and not SCH) should be your first point of contact. Referrals into the service can be made as follows:

Further information on the Youth Hub is available in the attached leaflet or on the St. Basil’s website –

During their first week St. Basil’s will be hosting a drop-in / meet and greet at their offices in Kingshurst (Church Close, B37 6HA). This will be on Wednesday 5th April between 10 and 12pm.

For further information please contact Solihull’s Youth Hub manager, Lisa Parsons, via email:


Thursday, March 30th, 2017

The Great Get Together, 17-18 June

The Great Get Together (in honour of Jo Cox)

On 17-18 June, get together with your neighbours and be part of a national celebration of what we have in common.

Get your free Get Together kit, filled with tips, ideas and inspiration for how you can join in.

Visit the Great Get Together website to see how to join in.


Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Wanted: people who use care services to become peer leaders

This NHS scheme is looking for people who use care services to join a peer leadership group to be part of shaping the future of services.

There is training for people who join the scheme and expenses are covered.

People are eligible to apply if they are an individual or family carer who has:

  • a personal health budget; or
  • an Integrated Personal Commissioning personal budget

for health and social care.

They are looking for people who have lived experience of personalised approaches to health and social care.

You can read more in the invitation document:

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Help vulnerable people avoid scams

Solihull MBC’s Trading Standards Team are supporting and delivering a national initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to “Take a Stand Against Scams”.

Friends Against Scams has been created to tackle the lack of scams awareness by providing information about scams and those who fall victim to them. This information enables communities and organisations to understand scams, talk about scams and cascade messages throughout communities about scams prevention and protection.

Solihull Trading Standards would like to encourage all people who may have contact with vulnerable people to become a Friend Against Scams.  You can do this online by attending one of the following short awareness sessions held in Committee Room 1, Civic Suite:

Friday 24th March 2pm – 3pm

Friday 7th April 2pm – 3pm

Friday 24th April 2pm – 3pm

You can book on to a session by emailing

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Solihull collective switching – for cheaper deals on gas/electric

Since October 2015, Solihull Council has launched three collective switching schemes, called Solihull Switch ’n’ Save, designed to take the hassle out of searching for a cheaper gas and electricity provider.

Over 2,300 households in Solihull registered for the scheme and were offered average savings of £277, leading to 845 households switching supplier and together saving over £250,000!

The Council will be launching the scheme again in April. Residents need to register by 23rd May 2017.

To get involved all residents need to do is have a recent energy bill to hand and visit to register their interest. An auction will then be held where energy companies will bid for the opportunity to offer a cheaper deal. At no point are any personal details released to utility companies.

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

The Big Knit – Age UK Solihull

The Big Knit is a joint campaign between Age UK and Innocent Drinks to help older people during the Winter months. You knit the hats, Innocent Smoothie Bottles wear them and 25p of every knitted hat sent to us (at The Core, Solihull Library) will go to Age UK Solihull.

04 January 2017 – We’re delighted to announce that at the end of December 2016, 4,000 Big Knit hats were knitted by you! We would like to say a HUGE thank you to all our knitters that got involved in this campaign. If you would like to take part for 2017 please download our knitting patterns below. Don’t forget to include your name and address when you drop your hats off to us so that we can thank you.

Send your hats and the amount you have knitted, along with your name and address to: The Fundraising Team, Age UK Solihull, The Core, Central Library Building, Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3RG.


Download knitting patterns from Age UK Solihull website.

If you would like us to post knitting patterns out to you, please call us on 0121 704 7842 or email and let us know your name, address and which knitting patterns you require.