Founded in 2000, Social Life Opportunities (Solo Life Opportunities, registered charity no.1102297) was previously conceived as Solihull Life Opportunities, hence SoLO for short. The switch to Social Life Opportunities in 2020 reflects both our plans to expand outside our borough and the social nature of our services and charitable objectives: to empower people with learning disabilities to achieve their full potential and encourage their integration in society.
200 staff plus 100 volunteers
We employ approximately 200 people, the training that is provided gives them confidence to support our members effectively in a safe and experienced environment. We have, at any one time, around 100 volunteers, all of whom have completed both enhanced DBS checks and relevant training. A lot of our volunteers join to gain relevant career experience. Many stay with us for years, because they enjoy it so much.
“I am and always have been over the moon with SoLO and how you all work with my daughter. She loves every minute!”– Parent
A membership of over 1,000
In any given year, we support over 1,000 people with learning disabilities. We have two activity centres of our own and three supported living houses. We currently run daytime activities, primarily for young people and adults, at three Solihull locations, two in Chelmsley Wood (where the executive team is also based) and the Fire Station. We also have three supported living properties, where we have staff to support our tenants to live independently.
Other regular activity centres
We use outside facilities to run some regular activities. These include the Hatchford Brook Youth Club, Castle Bromwich Youth Club and the Meriden Park Adventure playground in Chelmsley Wood. We use frequently and get a warm welcome at many public activity centres such as leisure centres, ice skating rinks and sports grounds.
Huge range of services
We do our best to provide any support an individual may need, to flourish and thrive. This has led our range of services to grow and grow. Please explore our services pages to find out which might be of interest to you or someone you know.