Local Charity SoLO to take part in “PARALLEL LONDON” world’s first large-scale disability led event

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Launch Photo – Janet Down (SoLO) with Nick Ashley – Cooper (12th Earl of Shaftesbury), Sophie Morgan (One Show Presenter), Andrew Douglas (Founder of Parallel London)

On Sunday, 4 September 2016, London will play host to Parallel London, a fully inclusive large-scale mass participation run, built to disable barriers and enable independence. SoLO Life Opportunities, a local charity working with people with learning disabilities in the West Midlands are one of the first to secure places for their members to take part.

Staged in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, this will be a national event looking to attract 10,000 participants and 10,000 spectators in Year 1. Parallel London is a new disability-led event that has been specifically designed for anyone to participate, regardless of age, disability, impairment or health condition. The run will be split into a number of set distances (from 100m to 10km) to cater for every age and ability. The ethos is all about ‘shared experience’, with everyone participating in the run altogether at the same time. Parallel London is not just about racing against the clock, but about celebrating the spirit of togetherness and everyone crossing the finishing line.

Janet Down, Chief Executive Officer, stated “since taking some members to the London Marathon to support our runner, we have been looking for opportunities for our members to get involved in something on a similar scale. Parallel offers just this and we are really excited to be in at the beginning”.

If you have a disability and would like to take part in this run, or if you would like to sponsor one of the runners, please contact Janet Down on janet@solihullsolo.org.


For information about the national event call James Lee

Charity Manager, Innovision T: 0207 0343 266 M: 07960 488 280


New advice service for child Disability Living Allowance

IMG_5461DIAL Solihull is now able to support parents with child Disability Living Allowance claims, renewals and related benefits.

The service has been commissioned by Solihull Council and will enable DIAL to provide families with additional advice and information on grants and other support services.

Alice Singleton, Chief Executive of DIAL Solihull said: “We are delighted to be able to provide this specialist package for parents so that they can access the extra support they need to look after their children. We have in place an experienced worker and two sessional staff to carry out this much needed support.”

Families can access DIAL’s services by calling 0121 770 0333 or visiting the advice centre in Kingshurst.

DIAL Solihull is a free, impartial and confidential information and advice service for disabled people and their carers. For more information visit www.dialsolihull.org.uk.

Volunteer for SoLO. Change a life, forever.

SoLO Life OpportunitiesWould you like to change a life, forever? Could you spare only 2 hours a week to volunteer on one of SoLO’s 28 exciting projects? 

These projects play a crucial part in the lives of our learning and physically disabled members who access them on a weekly basis and in the holidays.

As a volunteer you would become a teacher, role model, protector and friend to our members who attend these projects. You would be supporting our members to access activities and enabling our members to enjoy social and leisure activities that, without your support, they would not be able to experience.

Every SoLO volunteer is unique and their very personal journey begins when they decide to volunteer for SoLO. Why do people volunteer with us? Every answer is always different. Some are deeply personal, others are looking to gain `real life` experience for a future career and some simply want to be part of SoLO. Many will say “I want to help”, “I want to give something back” or “I want to make a difference”. These are the people supporting our members. These are the volunteers who are subconsciously saying “I`m ok, so I`m going to get me and put me to one side and turn my focus and time onto someone who would benefit from my support”. It is this kind of selfless attitude and commitment that earns our volunteers the trust of our members. This is why SoLO volunteers are the extraordinary and unique individuals we are proud to have supporting us.

If you would like to Volunteer for SoLO, visit our website www.solihullsolo.org/volunteering or ring 0121 779 3865

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With thanks to: Paul Horton, SoLO Life Opportunities, p.horton@solihullsolo.org

Free meeting space at Bosworth Community Centre

Bosworth Community Centre – located within walking distance of Chelmsley Wood Town Centre, near to Asda and opposite Citizens Advice Bureau – offers a varied programme of leisure and learning activities for local residents including yoga, bingo, arts and crafts, luncheon club, computer drop in sessions, support groups and much more.

But did you know the centre has several spacious rooms which are free to use for community groups and activities? The fully accessible facilities with a homely feel also include a small kitchen area and onsite car parking.

Bosworth Community Centre has been managed by Ashrammoseley Housing Association on behalf of Solihull Council for nearly ten years and the friendly staff team – Simeon (Community Organiser), Mumtaz (Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator) and Bally (Support Worker) are always on hand to provide information, advice and ensure everything runs smoothly for centre users.

“Many of the activities are great fun and help people to enjoy and maintain an independent lifestyle,” says Simeon.bosworthlargeroom

“It’s lovely to see familiar faces each week, but we also enjoy welcoming new people. Learn a skill, get fit or just meet friends and chat – feel free to pop in and have a look around.”

Bosworth Community Centre also hosts a number of community services for the NHS and other organisations.

Activity Programme at Bosworth Community Centre

Find Bosworth Community Centre at:
291a Bosworth Drive
Chelmsley Wood
B37 5DP

Open 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday (rooms can be used at evenings / weekends at the discretion of staff)

Telephone: 0121 770 8570
Email: simeon.bright@ashrammoseley.org.uk

Facebook: Bosworth Community Centre

Twitter: @BosworthCentre

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Funding and Commissioning for Social Care and Health

Just a quick post for our health and social care VCSE’s in Solihull.

VCSE representatives alongside the NHS, Public Health and the Department of Health, recently published a review of VCSE commissioning in health and social care which can be downloaded here.

For those of you who want to gain further insight into the review findings and the key issues and considerations it has raised, there is a free webinar being held on: 29th October 12:00- 12:45.

The webinar is hosted by NCVO and will have insights from NCVO’s

  • Public Services Manager Nick Davies and
  • Senior Policy Officer Michael Birtwhistle.

See more and book on through this link

Social Media Cafe

Social media can be powerful and help communities and voluntary groups connect with their beneficiaries and potential customers. The next Social Media Café is being held on

  • Thursday, 1st October, between 9.30am & 11.30am
  • at The Loft at the Bluebell Centre, Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre, B37 5TN (B37 5EX for Sat Nav purposes only).

Parking is available for free for three hours in the ASDA car park.  The Loft is on the 2nd Floor of the Shopping Centre straight ahead when you come up the stairs.

The session is a surgery session with tables for:

  • Getting Started
  • Twitter,
  • Facebook,
  • Yammer’
  • Help table for people who have any other queries in relation to social media.

Drop in at any time – you don’t have to stay for the whole 2 hours. If you want help with using social media on a particular device – your tablet or mobile phone for example – it is helpful if you can bring this with you.

If you can’t make this one but would like to come along in the future, the Café is usually held on the first Thursday of every month between 9.30 & 11.30 am.  Next month’s Café (5th November) is being held at Shirley Library.

Solihull Safeguarding Conference – 12th November 2015

Improving practice; Learning from experience; Safeguarding Conference

Solihull’s Safeguarding Board is holding a Safeguarding conference at the Motorcycle Museum (Coventry Road, Solihull B92 0EJ) on 12th November 2015.

Conference aim  

To bring together leaders, supervisors and managers providing services to children in Solihull to deliver key messages on safeguarding children developments and learning from serious case reviews and national research.

 Conference objectives

At the end of the conference, participants will be informed about;

  • The neglect strategy: lessons learned from serious case reviews.
  • Recent developments in safeguarding children including thresholds, early help and MASH.
  • LSCB safeguarding training, including the trainer’s pool and faculty.

Participants will also work on how managers and supervisors make a positive contribution to continuing practice improvements individually and in multi-agency environments.

Target group

LSCB members, managers, leaders and supervisors of practitioners who work with children and families in Solihull This includes Designated Members of Staff in  education provider settings as well as those working in the voluntary sector .

More info  please contact the LSCB Training & Development team 0121 788 4478 lscbtrain@solihull.gov.uk

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November’s Newsletter is out!


We have another great newsletter for you this month showcasing the enterprising culture developing in North Solihull. November saw the new Chelmund’s Cross Enterprise Centre open its doors and we are also excited to see a second hive for enterprise develop in the form of Chelmund’s Space.

If you don’t receive our monthly e-bulletins and event invitations, you can subscribe for free here

Nov 14_page 1Inside November’s issue:

  • Enterprise Centre open for business
  • Chelmund’s Space – sparking learning and creativity
  • A Moment With… Stacey Smith
  • Writing Better Funding Applications
  • CEFS events and workshops
  • Case study: Wayne Elcock’s Amateur Boxing Club

Read previous issues of BULLETiN



Birmingham & Solihull Wommens Aid are recruiting

Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid offers safe, temporary accommodation and a range of community based support services to women and children affected by domestic violence.  Applicants must have a commitment to quality, equality and valuing diversity.


Outreach Workers (full and part time posts) – £22,823 pro rata

To deliver case work and drop in support to women and children, living in the community, affected by domestic violence.  This role may include evening and weekend work


Referral & Assessment Workers – £22,823

To deliver a high quality initial response and assessment service to women and their children who are affected by domestic violence


Children & Family Worker (full and part time posts)  – £22,823 pro rata

To work with a team that delivers a comprehensive programme of play and family support services to children and their mums who are living in our refuges.  This role may include weekend and on call work

Birmingham and Solihull Womens Aid  are particularly keen to recruit staff who can speak community languages, particularly, South Asian languages. 

These posts are subject to a 6% pension contribution.  Women only need apply.  These posts are covered by a Genuine Occupational Requirement (Schedule 9; Equality Act 2010).

Please note: all successful candidates will be subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service Check before commencing their employment.

If you are interested please download a recruitment pack from www.bswaid.org and return completed forms to: Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid, Central Administration, Ryland House, 2nd Floor, 44-48 Bristol Street, Birmingham, B5 7AA.  For all other enquiries please email recruitment@bswaid.org

 The closing date for receipt of completed applications is: Midday, 12 noon Wednesday, 11th June.  Interviews for the positions will take place weeks beginning 23rd & 30th June