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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Early Help Engagement Update

Over the last few weeks, the Solihull Partnership has held a series of further engagement events to give everyone who works with children, young people and families across Solihull  to find out more about the vision for early help in Solihull and input into the what the arrangements for the future look like.

To  access the presentation from the events, please click on the following link:

A summary of the feedback from the events is at Early Help Engagement Events summary

This feedback will be used to shape proposals for an early help brand, future use of resources and an early help assessment.  There will be further engagement about all of these topics over the next 2-3 months. Details, when available, will be sent to everyone who registered for the March events and posted on the early help website:

There will also be a workshop on 15th April for organisations and groups who provide activities for children, young people and families in the school summer holidays. To find out more, visit the early help website:

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.

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The Future of VCS Infrastructure Services

Report coverThe Independent Commission on the future of local infrastructure was set up in March 2014 to look at the provision local infrastructure support services in the voluntary and community sector and the challenges and opportunities it is likely to face in the coming years. The Commission has just published its report along with a summary document.

It gathered evidence from current infrastructure providers, charities and community groups, public sector bodies, the private sector, academics and other interested parties and held a number of evidence-gathering sessions across the country.

The Commission found that infrastructure providers will be needed in some form as long as people come together to form voluntary organisations and community groups. But it also concluded that the organisations providing infrastructure services in the future is likely to be a much leaner enabler, broker and catalyst rather than necessarily a deliverer.

As a key provider of infrastructure support in Solihull, SUSTAiN is interested to hear views from across Solihull’s VCS to inform our own response to this report. Please email with your thoughts.

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Get Involved in Early Help

Early Help Strategy CoverIn June 2014, Solihull’s Early Help Strategy was published setting out the vision, principles and the priorities for change to develop Solihull’s early help system. Work is now commencing to implement an operating model that brings together targeted, universal and community support in a needs-led, flexible and coordinated approach with the aim for families to be helped at the earliest point, improving children and young people’s life chances.

Help is being sought from all those who work with children, young people & families to help design and implement the new operating model. If your organisation provides activities and services for children, young people & families, the Solihull Partnership would like to hear from you and discuss how you can get involved.   Please contact Sarah Barnes on 704 8347 or


Friday, January 30th, 2015

10 Jul: SUSTAiN and Age UK’s ‘Under the Sea’ charity ball

Friday 10th July 2015, 7.00pm

Download the Under The Sea Ball Flyer

Find out about opportunities for sponsorship:

Download the sponsorship details


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

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Can You Help with Trustee Recruitment?

Wanted Trustees

SUSTAiN has launched an appeal for new charity trustees and community group board members (more details here).

We are now looking for public venues and other organisations to promote this appeal by displaying a poster. Can you help by displaying one on a noticeboard?

If so there are A4 and A5 versions available to download:

Download – A4 Poster

Download – A5 Poster

or contact Dave Pinwell ( for printed copies.



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