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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, 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, 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 – www.stbasils.org.uk/get-help/help-me/i-live-in-solihull/.

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: lisa.parsons@stbasils.org.uk

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:

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

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, 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, October 20th, 2016

Community-led Housing – support for community groups to tackle housing crisis

National umbrella body Locality and MyCommunity are offering support to community groups to lead community housing projects.

If your area is crying out for decent, affordable housing, why not consider taking some local action to set up your own housing project? Communities can now have more of say over what they want to build and where they want to build it.

What is community-led housing?

Community-led housing projects are run by individual community groups determined to build the types of homes that local people need and want. These projects aim to solve local problems by working for and with the local community.

Community-led housing can help address issues like:

  • Affordable housing for:
    • those who are in need (such as unemployed people or single parents)
    • young people looking to buy their first house
    • older residents wanting to downsize
  • Reasonably priced homes for families
  • Housing that meets the community’s wants and needs
  • A long waiting list for council housing.

Find out more at MyCommunity’s website.

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.