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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.

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Healthwatch Solihull Publishes Mental Health Report

In Autumn 2016, the Healthwatch Solihull partnership determined that it should undertake a study of the service user perception of the current provision of mental health services in Solihull and of any concerns for the future.

They have now published their report with recommendations for the future.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Voluntary & Community Sector Infrastructure Service

Solihull Council is seeking views from Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) groups about their need for infrastructure support.  You can take part by attending a consultation meeting, or completing an on-line survey – or both.

Solihull Council funds infrastructure support for VCS groups to help them be efficient and effective in supporting local people.  This is known as infrastructure support.  It includes:

  • advice about funding and strategic planning
  • supporting volunteers
  • information and networking opportunities
  • coordinating representation of VCS groups to the Council and other Statutory bodies

The current service has been provided by Solihull SUSTAiN since 2008.

The Council is committed to supporting VCS Groups and wants to be sure that the funding provided for infrastructure support represents value for money and meets the needs of individual groups.

The Council intends to listen carefully to groups and then re-design the service to ensure it is fit for the future.  The Council will then tender this service to find the right provider.

Consultation Meetings

28 February; 11.00am-12.30pm Better Living Centre
Elmdon Trading Estate
Bickenhill Lane
B37 7HE

1 March; 5.45pm-7.15pm Civic Suite
Homer Road
B91 9SE

6 March; 2.00pm-3.30pm Junction
Chapelhouse Road
B37 5HA

Online survey available at

The survey is open from 1 February – 19 March 2017.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Cars Area Big Local – Auckland Hall programme

Cars Area Big Local has published a programme of regular events taking place at Auckland Hall.

For updates and further details see the Cars Area website:

Women’s Boxing 10:00 – 11:45 18 years + 0753 440 4515 Paul Webb
Beavers 17:15 – 18:30 6 – 8 year olds 0781 509 0036
Cubs 18:45 – 20:15 8 –10 year olds 0781 509 0036


Wizzleworld Dramatics 15:30 – 17:00 5 – 11 year olds 07814406066/ 07816197601 Kerry and Alison


Busy Hands 10:30 – 12:30 18 + year olds 0121 788 3402 Debbie and Helen
Music Skills 16:00 – 17:00 8 – 16 years old with ASN Mfcommunitymusic Georgina
Inclusive Sports 17:30 – 18: 30 6 – 13 year olds 0788 627 1954 Andy Warmington


Mindfulness 9:30 – 11:00 18 years + 07706818218 Emma
Photography 10:00 – 12:00 18 years + 0121 682 0068 Paul Gwilliam
Drop in! 14:00 – 16:00 All ages 07825 417 141 Aimée Mallinson
M.A.D House 18:30 – 20:30 11 – 18 year olds 0752 601 8954 Nicola Brady


Project Dance and Fitness 9.30 – 10.00:
10.00 – 10.45:
10.45 – 11.30:
11.30 – 12.15:


Tots Dance Class (ages 2-4)
Class 1 Dance Class (ages 5-7)
Class 2 Dance Class (ages 8-11) Class 3 Dance Class (ages 12-15) Class 4 Dance and Fitness Class (ages 16-adult)
07487616315 Christina Lal


All these groups happen every week unless stated. Please call the number to check they are running and that you can just come along and join in.

Further information available at

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 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.