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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.

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Charity IT body – new website and services

The Charity IT Association (CITA) has launched a new website, with a new web address at charityithelp.org.uk.

The services offered now include:

  • Tech Surgery – free independent advice to help charities make better use of technology.
  • IT Consultancy – a free service that can help you make better use of technology.
  • IT Project Delivery – a free service that helps charities find the right skills for any IT or technology project.

The IT4Communities programme becomes part of CITA’s IT Project Delivery service.

Services are available to charities registered with the Charity Commission (England and Wales) or OSCR.

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Vulnerable people at risk from fire – guidance for professionals and carers

Following the death of a 40 year old woman in Coventry in her own home, which was likely to have been cause from a dropped cigarette or cigarette ignition source Coventry Safeguarding Adults Board carried out an Adult Serious Case Review.

As a result of this review West Midlands Fire Service were asked to develop clear guidance and raise awareness around the responsibilities associated with identifying those most at risk from fire and the need for professional agencies to refer these individuals to West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS), and to work with them to develop appropriate safety plans.

West Midlands Fire Services have developed a comprehensive Guidance document for Professionals and Carers who work with Adults with Care and Support Needs.

The guidance is easy to use and follow and is a useful document to identify risk and vulnerability to fire.  There are also details on how to make a referral for a Safe and Well visit, and details of the equipment and adaptations that the fire service can provide.

Please share this guidance with your staff and volunteers who visit adults in their own homes.

This excellent document can be found on the SSAB Website: http://socialsolihull.org.uk/ssab/useful-contacts-and-documents/

If you are interested to read the Miss G Serious Case Review Executive Summary go to: http://www.coventry.gov.uk/downloads/file/17394/serious_incident_review_miss_g_executive_summary

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Qualifications in volunteer management

Voluntary Action Sheffield is offering its nationally recognised qualifications in volunteer management via distance learning.

Prices start at £350 for a Level 3 qualification.

See details on the Voluntary Action Sheffield website.

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Solihull Local Account – Adult Social Care performance info online

Welcome to our Adult Social Care Local Account 2015/16 – our first online version!

The Local Account lets Solihull people know how well we are doing in delivering care and support services. Ultimately though, it’s not for us to judge, but for those people receiving services and the families, friends and neighbours who support them. We want people in Solihull to be judging how well we are doing and holding us to account and the new online version supports this, by encouraging people to give us feedback on our services 7 days a week /24 hours a day! It will help us to promote service areas and consult throughout the year using “Stay Connected”, keeping the Local Account “live”, whilst reaching a wider audience.

For our people the Local Account highlights our improvement journey so far, what has been achieved, the areas that we are working to improve and our priorities.

The focus is aligned to the Local Authority’s 4 key objectives in Adult Social Care for our people:

  • I am confident that my care and support will be of high quality and I will be safe, treated with dignity and respect.
  • I can maintain my maximum degree of independence.
  • I can get high quality information and advice from a variety of sources, so that I understand how care and support works.
  • I feel in control of my care and support.

Please have a look at the Local Account online http://socialsolihull.org.uk/localaccount/ share it with family, friends, colleagues, stakeholders and partners.

For more information on the Local Account please contact Jill Griffin, Commissioning Officer on 0121 7046978.