Saturday Forest Friends

£3 per session

Saturday Forest Friends runs within the North of the Borough. We will incorporate forest school into the activity as well as the children have use of our Chelmsley Wood shopping centre base and all its facilities. The children will also be able to make use of the Meriden Adventure Playground and will spend most weeks exploring the local community

Friday Club North

Friday Club runs every Friday in term time for 2 hours.

Friday club is a free play session where the children come together to make their own fun with the supervision and guidance from the staff. The children can make their own independent choices in a safe environment with an enclosed outdoor space, and sensory room.

The club is for children ages 8 – 18.

Friday club encourages friendships and socialising it can be as relaxed or energetic as the child wishes.

Friday Club North

Friday Club runs every Friday in term time for 2 hours.

Friday club is a free play session where the children come together to make their own fun with the supervision and guidance from the staff. The children can make their own independent choices in a safe environment with an enclosed outdoor space, and sensory room.

The club is for children ages 8 – 18.

Friday club encourages friendships and socialising it can be as relaxed or energetic as the child wishes.

Youth Club South

Youth club runs from the fire station annex in Solihull. This project is for young people aged 12 – 19.

The project is for young people with mild/moderate needs.

During the Youth Club there will be an opportunity for members to go to events that are being run in Touchwood and for meals where they will be encouraged by staff to independently order food and manage their own money. In-house activities will include cooking and cleaning skills as well as working on building relationships with their peers.

The cost per session is £9 and will include food each week.

The project is 3 hours in length and runs every Wednesday during term time.

Time to Shine

Time to Shine is currently running at Walnut Close of a Tuesday 18:00 – 20:00 every other week. The cost is £5 per session.

Next in take of members will be in January.

The children are currently working on a performance of the jungle book. The performance will change throughout the year.

Independent Living Skills

A project for those who wish to learn more independent living skills such as:

  • Travel Training
  • Money Management
  • Cooking Skills
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Relationships

This will run as a 6 week rolling course meaning that we can reach out to more young people throughout the year.

It runs for 2.5 hours of a Monday evening from Walnut Close for ages 14 – 19.

The cost is £37.50 for the 6 week period per person.

Overnight Breaks

Our weekend breaks give our members time to really enjoy being together over the course of a weekend whilst giving carers and parents valuable time as well. Grouped according to age, care needs and what they like to do, activities can include camping, seaside visits, ‘festival style’ events and – always popular – ‘Abba’ tribute nights.Each group is supported by an experienced, enthusiastic staff team with a ratio that provides high quality care, aimed at promoting the independence of the individuals.

SoLO Choir

A volunteer-led drop-in project, the SoLO Choir makes Friday evening the highlight of the week for the volunteers who organise it and for the members who share music, Makaton and, whenever someone has a birthday, cake!

Formed for the simple pleasure of singing together, the choir has often performed for an audience. Events include singing at the Solihull Methodist Church to celebrate the wedding of a choir volunteer, fundraising by singing at Dorridge Sainsbury’s and singing at a member’s birthday party.

We use and promote Makaton at the choir, which builds communication between all. The SoLO Choir includes some people who use Makaton for their main means of communicating and it is particularly rewarding to see friendships building as other members learn more signs. The choir participates in The Makaton Charity’s “sign of the week” by making videos to demonstrate each sign for the charity to share. Where possible, a song is performed that includes the chosen sign and these are very popular, and give even more performance opportunities to our members. PMLD members are welcome.

Get Active

Get Active is for children aged 8 – 19.
It runs for 2 hours every Saturday.

We will be running sports sessions each term, which will change throughout the year (example football in winter, tennis in summer). The cost will be £5 per session. We have a staff member who is a sports coach who will be working on the sessions to ensure that your child has the right guidance with the different sports.

Holiday activities

Our activities provide specialist age-appropriate leisure, sports and social activities focusing on each member’s social and emotional needs, self-esteem and friendship groups. We have very close links with special schools and arc units.

Hatchbrook Youth Club is the venue for in-house sessions, with trips out to Alton Towers, the Cotswolds and Think Tank. The Thursday service is run from the adventure playground in Meriden, with swimming afterwards.

Personal Assistant service

A tailor-made service which carefully matches Personal Assistants to clients.

Delivering an excellent standard of support for the individual whether in the home or when accessing social and leisure activities out in the community.

Personal Assistant service

A tailor-made service which carefully matches Personal Assistants to clients. Delivering an excellent standard of support for the individual whether in the home or when accessing social and leisure activities out in the community.

Overnight breaks

Our weekend breaks give our members time to really enjoy being together over the course of a weekend whilst giving carers and parents valuable time as well. Grouped according to age, care needs and what they like to do, activities can include camping, seaside visits, ‘festival style’ events and – always popular – ‘Abba’ tribute nights. Each group is supported by an experienced, enthusiastic staff team with a ratio that provides high quality care, aimed at promoting the independence of the individuals.

Adventure Playground

This project runs every Thursday during Term Time. We work alongside MAPA (Meriden Adventure Playground) for the children who attend to get the most out of the facilities that the playground offers. APG is open to the public whilst we are there and as well as our staff, MAPA play workers are also present to aid the children with getting full use of the playground.

This project is £1 per session, and we do provide snacks and drinks for the children who attend. 50p of each £1 is donated to the playground each week to help with the running of amenities.

The area is supported by staff who are paid by the local authority to supervise the various activities. These include imaginative play, den building, outdoor cooking over open fires, and water & sand play, as well as large construction.  The SoLO staff ensure that the children are able to get involved and contribute at their own level and interact successfully with the other children.

The playground is open until dusk and allows the children to experience playing in low light (the staff wear head torches to ensure that they are able to supervise safely). They are also enabled to experience wet weather conditions.

Member Stories

Leo (9) is often aggressive and refuses to follow instructions.

He loves attending the adventure playground, the freedom to explore and has made some amazing dens using the hammers, saws and nails.

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Saturday Super Friends

Saturday Super Friends is group for children aged 4 –12. The group meet every other Saturday and have an activity based around what is currently happening, examples – religious festivals, public holidays, the seasons. We work with the children so that they have a fun and relaxed atmosphere, and they have access to numerous crafts, a kitchen for baking, toys and board games as well as trips out 3 times per year.

£5 per session.

 

Forest Oak After School Club

This is an after-school club for children who are currently attending Forest Oak children up to age 14. This project runs every Wednesday during term time, and they will be a variety of activities including, arts and crafts, outdoor play, trips out and baking. The children help with the planning for the session so they will do activities of their choice each week. The cost for each session will be £3.75.

Session planners will be sent out termly so you will be aware of what the activity will be each week.

Member Stories

Luke comes to the club enthusiastic, happy and full of energy.

A natural leader, he offered support and encouragement to his peers, helping him to build confidence and new friendships.

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Holiday activities

Age 6 to 12, school years 2 to 8

Our activities provide specialist age-appropriate leisure, sports and social activities focusing on children’s social and emotional needs, self-esteem and friendship groups. We have very close links with special schools and arc units. Parents are afforded respite, allowing many to spend 1:1 time with their other children.

Hatchbrook Youth Club is the venue for in-house sessions, with trips out to Alton Towers, the Cotswolds and Think Tank. The Thursday service is run from the adventure playground in Meriden, with swimming afterwards.

Member Stories

Kelly has loved every minute. She’s come home buzzing every day.

This was Kelly’s first summer club and she will certainly miss it. You have transformed school holiday for her and made it a little easier for us too.

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SoLO Choir

A volunteer-led drop-in project, the SoLO Choir makes Friday evening the highlight of the week for the volunteers who organise it and for the members who share music, Makaton and, whenever someone has a birthday, cake!

Formed for the simple pleasure of singing together, the choir has often performed for an audience. Events include singing at the Solihull Methodist Church to celebrate the wedding of a choir volunteer, fundraising by singing at Dorridge Sainsbury’s and singing at a member’s birthday party.

We use and promote Makaton at the choir, which builds communication between all. The SoLO Choir includes some people who use Makaton for their main means of communicating and it is particularly rewarding to see friendships building as other members learn more signs. The choir participates in The Makaton Charity’s “sign of the week” by making videos to demonstrate each sign for the charity to share. Where possible, a song is performed that includes the chosen sign and these are very popular, and give even more performance opportunities to our members. PMLD members are welcome.

SoLO Disco

An opportunity for members to meet in a disco setting and have a dance together, build friendships and develop relationships in a busy vibrant setting. Held every Wednesday evening, 7pm to 9pm, at Kingshurst Labour Club, 51 Clopton Crescent, Chelmsley Wood B37 6QU.

The cost is £5 for members, £1 for PAs and carers

Member Stories

Miles has learned to act with far greater independence

Miles has learned to act with far greater independence, allowing his mum to enjoy the Waterloo meetings, as much as he does.

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Daylight

The Daylight project runs Monday to Friday from our venues in Chelmsley Wood and central Solihull. It offers meaningful daytime activities via a member-led  programme, providing a continually stimulating environment with a maximum of 20 members in each group and 1:4 staffing ratio.

Our aim is to provide a positive and meaningful experience, where people enjoy and look forward to coming to project. The activity programme is formulated from the ideas of the activities that members want to do, voted for democratically by the group and incorporated into a structured and varied timetable. All activities incorporate a core theme of developing and maintaining skills and experiences. Most of all it’s about having FUN!

We organise and facilitate a variety of internal and external activities. We regularly celebrate birthdays and have disco, pub and night club theme activities. We also go out to the cinema and to pub lunches. Theme parks and zoos are popular member choices – as are the Sea Life centre, Cadbury World and Drayton Manor Park. We aim to have one big day trip each year.

Here are the core themes and examples of how we incorporate them into activities

  • Social skills — developing positive relationships
  • Community access – being part of the community
  • Choice & risk taking —making our own informed choices. Independence
  • Personal care
  • Communication
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Cultural

We work with our members, the people who know them well and other relevant people and professionals involved in their life. This involves regular communication with parents and carers to ensure continuity of care and support, attending and facilitating meetings with social workers, speech therapists, psychologists and more,  when appropriate.

Member Stories

At 63, Heidi is one of our oldest members.

At 63, Heidi is one of our oldest members. Typically quiet during the sessions, her support staff say she always talks enthusiastically about her day, when she gets home.

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Fundraising Partners and Heroes

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