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Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Fraudsters offering fake Government grants

Action Fraud is warning people to watch out for emails and cold calls from fraudsters who are asking people to apply for Government grants in return for an advance fee.

Action Fraud has received 85 reports of this type of fraud since January 2017 with a total loss of £255,724 and an average loss of £3,000.

Bogus companies which have websites set up in the company name, claim to be operating on behalf of the UK Government

The fraudsters cold call businesses and individuals offering the grants and if they’re interested, direct them to fill out an online application form with their personal information.

Once the fraudsters have obtained the personal information they will re-contact victims and congratulate them on being accepted onto the grant programme.

Applicants are then asked to provide identification and are instructed to get a pre-paid card to deposit their own contribution to the fake Government grant scheme. Prepaid cards can be used in a similar way to credit cards, except the funds on a prepaid card are loaded on prior to spending.

Fraudsters will contact the victims by phone or email to ask for the details of their pre-paid card and copies of statements in order for them to add the grant funds.

Of course the grant funds are never given by the fraudsters and the money that’s been loaded onto the card by the victim is stolen.

For more on this scam and how to avoid it visit the Action Fraud website.

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Blowing Our Own Trumpet and Changing Face

Mayor cuts cakeWe don’t often blow our own trumpet. After all there is barely time for putting the bugle to the lips when there is constant demand from people needing help and support. And, anyway, it doesn’t feel right to pull the spotlight away from them.

However, Wednesday night’s celebration of the Colebridge Trust’s 15th Birthday providing the opportunity to shout about our achievement and share the celebratory mood with a host of folks who have been a part of our success over the years.

It was also an opportunity to announce that the years of confusion about whether we are Colebridge Trust or SUSTAiN are over. The SUSTAiN brand is being relegated and one of our Board Members, Warren Albutt, owner of successful local agency of Start 2 Finish Marketing, has helped with the development of a brand new look and logo set.

The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Stuart Davis, cut the celebration cake before light refreshments were enjoyed by a host of guests from the voluntary and community, business and public sectors. The celebratory atmosphere was enhanced by the singing of the Wellbeing Community Choir, a grateful recipient of support and advice from our team.

But the occasion was also an opportunity to highlight some of the great work that we do and to publish a new brochure providing a snapshot of the broad contribution the Trust makes to our communities across the borough.

The booklet was the first introduction of our new logo set, an overarching brand, one for each of the three arms of the charity and one to sustain the Sustain name during a period of transition:

Set of Logos

There seem to be challenging times ahead for the community sector in Solihull, but the Trust is in good heart, standing by a solid track record of achievement after 15 years and geared up to continue building social capital for Solihull’s communities for many more to come.

 

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Armed Forces Covenant news, July 2017

Friday, July 14th, 2017

New Charity Governance Code published

The updated version of the Charity Governance Code has been published, setting out higher standards and urging larger charities to carry out external reviews every three years.
You can view and download the new code and find advice about using the code on the new Charity Governance Code website.
The publishers of the code are keen to raise awareness among funders and for charities to state in their annual report if they are following the code.

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, 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, August 18th, 2016

Invitation from Solihull MP to recognise volunteers

Julian Knight, MP for Solihull, has introduced Solihull Points of Light to recognise ‘some of the amazing volunteers who do so much to enhance life in our community’.

He is inviting organisations in the borough to nominate volunteers who deserve recognition and once a month he will choose one volunteer to visit, to give them a thank you for all their hard work and write about them in his column for the local paper.

If your organisation would like to nominate a volunteer, then please email your details and contact information, the details and contact information of the volunteer you wish to nominate and up to 250 words saying why you are nominating them, to julian.knight.mp@parliament.uk.

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Armed Forces Community Covenant newsletter

The July 2016 newsletter of the Armed Forces Community Covenant for Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire has been published.

See below.

 

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Healthwatch Solihull Service Open Again

Healthwatch Solihull LogoThe Healthwatch Solihull service has now re-commenced its operations in full.

Until at least March 2017, the Healthwatch Solihull service has been commissioned by the Council to be provided by a partnership of local organisations under the leadership of Colebridge Trust’s Solihull SUSTAiN team based at the The Core in Solihull Town Centre.

The other partners, Citizens Advice Solihull Borough (CASB), DIAL Solihull, Experts By Experience – Solihull and Independent Advocacy, will work with SUSTAiN to ensure that the Healthwatch Solihull functions, ie to:

  • Gather views and understand the experiences of people who use services, carers and the wider community.
  • Make people’s views known, promoting and supporting the involvement of people in the commissioning and provision of local care services and how they are scrutinised.
  • Make the views and experiences of people known to Healthwatch England (and to other local Healthwatch organisations), and provide a steer to help it carry out its role as national champion.
  • Recommend investigation or special review of services via Healthwatch England or directly to the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
  • Provide information (signposting) about access to services and support for making informed choices.
  • Make arrangements for supporting local people with any complaints they may wish to progress in relation to NHS service provision through referral to a third party contracted by the local authority expressly for these purposes.

Colleagues across the Voluntary and Community Sector are asked to please help to promote this by letting service users know that anyone who has feedback about their experience with health and social care service in Solihull, wishes to make a formal complaint about their experience or requires information about access to services can contact Healthwatch Solihull:

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Do you want to help support the Armed Forces Community in your area?

There are ways in which local organisations can support our Armed Forces, Regular, Reserve, ex-Armed Forces and all their families.

To find out more download the latest edition of AFCC News from www.warwickshire.gov.uk/afccnews.

This highlights what has been happening across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, plus details of how to access the MOD Covenant Fund. The Covenant Fund can contribute to support the integration of military and civilian communities as well as improve support to the Armed Forces community as a whole.