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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
Solihull
B91 9SE

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

Online survey available at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SOLVCS

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: www.thecarsarea.co.uk

Monday
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

 

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

 

Wednesday
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  @gmail.com Georgina
Inclusive Sports 17:30 – 18: 30 6 – 13 year olds 0788 627 1954 Andy Warmington

 

Thursday
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

 

Saturday
Project Dance and Fitness 9.30 – 10.00:
10.00 – 10.45:
10.45 – 11.30:
11.30 – 12.15:
12.15-13.00:

 

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 www.thecarsarea.co.uk

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Solihull Together Awards 2017 – nominations open

Nominations are open for the Solihull Together 2017 Awards. Now in their third year, these awards celebrate the individuals and organisations who are working together to make life better for adults in Solihull.

The 2017 Awards are your chance to say thank you to people who deserve recognition for providing outstanding care and support.

There are 11 award categories including two new categories this year. The Solihull Together Local Hero award recognises people who are making a real difference to vulnerable or frail adults living in Solihull and are doing this work in an unpaid or voluntary capacity.

The second new category, The Solihull Together Inspiring Leader award, recognises individuals, at any level of their organisation, who are helping to make change happen and improve people’s lives.

Here is the full list of awards:

  • The Solihull Together Local Hero award NEW
  • The Solihull Together Care Professional of the Year 
  • The Solihull Together Health Professional of the Year
  • The Solihull Together Care Team of the Year 
  • The Solihull Together Primary Care Service of the Year
  • The Solihull Together award for Dementia-friendly service
  • The Solihull Together award for collaborative working
  • The Solihull Together award for outstanding community project
  • The Solihull Together award for outstanding customer care 
  • The Solihull Together Inspiring Leader award NEW 
  • The Solihull Together Chairman’s Award (no nominations required for this award)

For more information, find full details of the award categories and information about how to submit your nominations.

The deadline had been extended to midday on Monday 6th March to get nominations in.

While you’re thinking about your nominations, get inspired by the 2016 winners.  Visit www.solihulltogether.co.uk to read their amazing stories.

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.

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Protect your family against flu

www.nhs/livewell/winterhealth

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

Email: engage.volunteerenq@solihull.gov.uk

For more info contact: Jade Reddie: 07717581660

Email: jade.reddie@solihull.gov.uk