SoLO awarded new contract by Solihull Council

We’re delighted to announce we’ve been awarded the contract by Solihull Council (SMBC) to deliver targeted community short breaks for children and young people with a disability. This enables us to continue to deliver fun, engaging and inclusive holiday and term time activities and projects for children and young people with learning and other disabilities across Solihull. 

As a leader in supporting children with disabilities in Solihull for over 20 years we have built a strong reputation for delivering a wide range of exciting and high-quality opportunities. The award of this contract ensures as a charity we can continue to deliver services that support children and young people with their physical and mental health needs giving them the opportunity to take control of their own lives by improving their confidence and emotional well-being so that they enjoy life and have positive self-identities.

Jan Prior, Chair, said: “I know first-hand how much SoLO supported my son and our family through offering him opportunities he was unable to access elsewhere and confidently gave me a chance to recharge my battery and have a short break to focus on time with my daughter during her formative years.  The Board of Trustees are incredibly pleased that SMBC have continued to recognise the value of short breaks and the outstanding service SoLO provides leading to the award of this significant contract for the benefit of our community.  It’s great to know others will experience what has been so valuable to us personally“.

Over the next few months we will take the time to review and refresh the current service offering, which means there will be no change to the current children’s activities and services provided until consultation with children, parents, carers, staff and other partners across Solihull has taken place.  

Through this review activities and projects will be assessed to ensure much loved activities are retained, whilst new innovative ideas are developed to reflect the world in 2022 and beyond and provide new opportunities for members and individuals accessing the services. 

There will be a review of assessments of children and young people to ensure activities are person centered and aligned to meet their needs and children and young people who haven’t yet had the opportunity to attend or join a SoLO activity will be encouraged to access the service and experience what SoLO has to offer. 

To deliver the specialist activities we will bring in support from the most appropriate organisations and professionals and will work with other local service providers to utilise their facilities and strengths to achieve the best possible delivery and outcome for all.

Lesley Beer, CEO said: “we are excited to continue working with SMBC and families/carers to deliver a vital service to the children and young people of the borough.  The importance of continuing service under this contract has significant impact on the provisions for children and young people with learning and other disabilities to ensure varied opportunities and inclusivity for all and we look forward to working with partners to shape this future“.

Celebrating our Heroes

Going above and beyond and getting stuck in to help others seems to be a thing these days – and we at SoLO are very grateful for that!

We are fortunate to have some amazing community partners who want to make a real a difference – and we are more than happy to celebrate them.

We love it when we receive donations as it enables us to buy those extras to support our members that we would otherwise struggle to find the ££ for.  But we love it even more when, all fired up with enthusiasm, folk are happy to literally roll their sleeves up and get hands-on with whatever needs doing because they know they are making a difference!

National Grid took on the challenge of our outside space at Walnut Close recently!  Ant and his team had a great day cutting back foliage and clearing the car park.  Then, not content with that, they came back with another team and did some heavy work in the back garden as well as clearing the patio and the surrounding areas, so everything is now spick and span and safe for our members to enjoy the outside. 

They were so enthused that even when some had to drop out on one of the days, one of their team was happy to do an extra day on his own – true dedication!

Thank you to our community partners who join our SoLO super-heroes – you have given us the gift of your time – which is precious to us all.

Reasons to be grateful

This pandemic has taught us a lot.  We have all had to face things that we would have preferred not to think about and have had to make difficult decisions of one kind or another.   It has been a year of so many conflicting scenarios and emotions – of uncertainty, of loss, of lack, of isolation, of challenge and of change.

But it has also taught us to be inspired, to think differently, to be creative, to take stock and to appreciate.

Because at the heart of it all, we are human and wish to survive and support each other through the bad and the good.

As we re-emerge and negotiate the next steps, we will need to build confidence, to build different, and build for the future.  It is a time to take courage and recognise that some things will not be the same – but that may not be a bad thing.

SoLO Shortlisted in Chamber awards

We extremely excited to let you all know that SoLO has been shortlisted for the Solihull Chamber awards 2020. We are even more delighted that we have been shortlisted for two categories, Charity of the Year and Contribution to the Community. Of course, we are not alone in this and we want to congratulate those who have been shortlisted with us because we are all doing our very best for the community we all serve.
This is such a great acknowledgment of all the support we provide, particularly in the challenging times that we are all facing. SoLO, along with other charities and businesses in the community are keeping those we serve at the heart of what we do.
On behalf of us all – and particularly for those we support, we say a huge thank you to the Chamber for making all this possible. We are really looking forward to the online awards evening on the 15th October and cannot wait to be part of the big event.

Fundraising Partners and Heroes

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