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Friday, July 14th, 2017

Get your data in order – the GDPR is coming!

Many charities and community organisations in Solihull will need to start thinking about GDPR or, after May next year, they may find themselves on the wrong side of the law. It is heavy stuff and, to be comfortable, a good 6-8 months for planning and implementing changes would be sensible.

So, what is it? The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and all UK organisations that process the personal data of EU residents have only a short time to ensure that they are compliant. Brexit will make no difference in that timeframe.

This new Regulation extends the rights of individuals and the requirements upon organisations processing personal data:

  • The definition of personal data is being broadened
  • Organisations are required to reduce the amount of personally identifiable information they store, and to ensure that they do not store any information for longer than necessary
  • Explicit parental consent will be necessary for processing data about children under age 16
  • The rules for obtaining valid consent are being changed.

SUSTAiN is intending to run an information/training event in early Autumn to provide guidance to those in the local sector who require it. If you think your organisation will be affected by these changes and would be interested in attending, please email

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, June 29th, 2017

Solihull celebrates National Volunteers Week 2017

On Friday 9th June, Solihull’s Volunteer Managers’ Forum welcomed volunteers to a celebratory cream tea in recognition of all the valuable work they undertake across the borough.

Beautiful scones were made by volunteers from Seeds and Hope for the event, held at Junction in Fordbridge with the rest of the menu being funded thanks to a generous donation by St Alphege Rotary Club.

The Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Stuart Davis, attended and as well as chatting to the volunteers about their activities he handed out certificates to thank them for their hard work. Attendees included those who support ReCOM, Citizens Advice Solihull Borough and Solihull Christian Fellowship among many others.

The Mayor said, “The volunteers do so much good work and it’s so good to see them have recognition for their efforts”

To find out more about volunteering and how you can get involved with the Volunteer Managers’ Forum contact Lou Beddoe at Solihull SUSTAiN on 0121 704 7860 or

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 –

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:

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, 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

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.