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Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Nominations open for this year’s Civic Honour Awards

Nominations are open for Solihull Council’s Civic Honour Awards, giving residents the chance to recognise and reward deserving community members.

An unsung hero can be nominated before Sunday 16 July in one of six categories that represents the selfless work they do.

Residents can nominate online on the Solihull Council website at:

The deadline for nominations is Sunday 16 July 2017.

For more information call 0121 704 6143.

The 2017 Civic Honour Awards categories are as follows:

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Music Skills for children with additional needs – Smith’s Wood

For children aged 6-13 with additional support needs.

Wednesdays 4pm-5pm

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Inclusive Sports sessions – Smith’s Wood

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Community Clean Up – Cars Area, Smith’s Wood

Community Clean up on the following dates, 11am-noon:

  • 8 June
  • 6 July
  • 3 August
  • 31 August
  • 28 September
  • 26 October
  • 23 November

Meet at Auckland Hall to collect equipment and get prepared. Then come back for a drink and treat.

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 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: