SoLO Drop-In Services Survey

Have your say!

SoLO’s Adult Services are for Adults (including those currently at college) with a learning disability diagnosis. We help them explore their potential by providing support in various ways, encouraging independence, and building friendship groups. 

This survey is for us to gather input and opinions from our members and potential service users regarding SoLO Adult (16+) Drop-in Services. We want to know what you would like to be seen within a new SoLO Drop-in Project. 

Click here to complete the survey

We encourage parents/carers to support with completing this where applicable. 

If you have any questions about completing the below survey before you begin, please email olivia.dance@sololifeopportunities.org 

Centurion Running Club raise £800 for SoLO

Centurion Running Club, based at North Solihull Sports Centre in Chelmsley Wood, raise £800 for SoLO as part of the club’s 50th-anniversary celebrations.

Last year Centurion Running Club challenged its members to collectively run 50,000km. The group smashed this target by October and by 31 December reached 59,000km. Funds were raised through sponsorship, donations, and the sale of the club’s 50th-anniversary t-shirts.

On behalf of SoLO, I’d like to say a massive well done and thank you to Centurion Running Club for supporting SoLO as part of their 50th-anniversary celebrations. Collectively running 59,000km is a fantastic achievement for all the runners involved and we’re really grateful to you all for raising money for us in the process“.

Lesley Beer, CEO

About Centurion Running Club

Centurion Running Club was started in the 1970s by John Walker as part of his mission to make running more accessible to the masses. The club now was over 100 members and they welcome runners of all abilities to join. The group meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 18.30 outside North Solihull Sports Centre. Learn more.

Solihull Chamber of Commerce raise £1,650 for SoLO

In January, members of Solihull Chamber of Commerce took part in a fundraiser for SoLO which challenged them to run, swim or walk 5k for 5 days.

Tony Elvin, General Manager Touchwood and Chamber President said:

“We have been delighted by the response from members of the public to support our fundraising for Social Life Opportunities. Running 25k in 5 days, in sub zero temperatures may have been hard work for our unfit bunch of Chamber fundraisers but it has been worth every minute and we know the charity will make great use of each penny raised. We are hugely grateful“.

Due to the energy, dedication and commitment of the Chamber and it’s members, along with the generosity of the public, the group have raised £1,650 for SoLO.

Lesley Beer, CEO of SoLO said:

“We’d like to say a big thank you and well done to Solihull Chamber of Commerce and all their members who took part in this fundraising challenge for SoLO. The amount raised will help support the running of our projects ensuring we can continue to help adults, children and young people with learning disabilities to flourish and thrive”.

Pictured: Amanda Holden (Committee member and Partner at The Wilkes Partnership), Tony Elvin (Chamber President and General Manager at Touchwood), Ian Rogers (Committee member and Owner of The Original Events Company), Samantha Frampton (Head of Solihull Chamber).

We’d like to extend a big thank you to all the challenge participants:

  • Tony Elvin – Touchwood
  • Samantha Frampton – Solihull Chamber
  • Ian Rogers – Solihull Summer Fest
  • Jas Rohel – On Your Radio
  • Kevin Johns – Prime Accountants 
  • Vijay Jogia – Metro Bank 
  • Amanda Holden – The Wilkes Partnership
  • Eileen Schofield – Schofield & Associates 
  • Emma-Louise Hewitt – Sydney Mitchell 
  • Kim Hulse – Visit Knowle 
  • Stuart Watson – Leap IT 
  • Namrita Sharma – Pink Spaghetti 
  • Susie Ankrett – Plum Personnel
  • Mick Westman – Digital Innovators
  • Rebecca Gater – Solihull College 
  • Lillian Elekan – Solihull Chamber
  • Andrew Cole – The NEC

Independent Living Programme

A 6-week course designed to provide 14-19 year olds with practical sessions that promote independence.

In January, 12 members joined us on our first Independent Living Programme, a course designed to help teach new skills and support independent living.

“I love coming because of the people here, making friends and cooking the food here with everyone else”.

Participant

Across 6 weeks, participants attend weekly sessions that take place at our Walnut Close base in Chelmsley Wood. Each session lasts 2.5 hours and during this time the group cover a new theme.

Themes covered include:

  • Money management
  • Personal hygiene
  • Travel training
  • Cooking and staying healthy
  • Relationships
  • Keeping safe at home

The course costs £37.50 per person and is suitable for individuals with mild-moderate learning disabilities. Attendance of all 6 sessions is mandatory and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you’re interested in finding out more or would like to register interest for our next course please email Teri.evans@sololifeopportunities.org.

Solihull Chamber of Commerce Charity of the Year

We are delighted to announce that we have been nominated as Solihull Chamber of Commerce Charity of the Year.

Becoming Charity of the Year is fantastic news for SoLO as it will enable us to raise our profile within the Solihull business community as well as receive vital support from the Chamber’s fundraising activities, all of which will enable us to help facilitate further growth.

Jan Prior, chair of SoLO, said: “We’re so pleased and thankful to have the support of the Solihull Chamber of Commerce following a long, hard journey through a pandemic, when staff have gone above and beyond to ensure its members continue to receive their activities and breaks“.

Samantha Frampton, head of Solihull Chamber, said: “Solihull Chamber is incredibly excited to announce SoLO as its newest Chosen Charity. The aim of this partnership is to support charities doing meaningful and impactful work in and around the Solihull area and it is already clear from conversations with Jan that there is a lot of passion behind the work taking place at SoLO. We are very much looking forward to engaging the business community in supporting their mission to provide quality services for people with learning disabilities.”

The Charity of the Year partnership will run until March 2023.

Fundraising Partners and Heroes

We are delighted to be involved with, and enjoy the support of, all of these organisations and more.