Access All Areas 1-1

Enabling those in years 1 to 13 children to enjoy Scouts, ice skating, tennis, swimming and more.

A term-time scheme to enable children and young people with disabilities to be able to attend mainstream leisure activities such as sports clubs, Scouts, Cubs, Beavers etc with the support of a SoLO support worker or volunteer.  This scheme is for those in school years 1 to 13.

Access all Areas: One to One

A scheme to enable children and young people with disabilities to be able to attend mainstream leisure activities such as youth clubs, sports clubs, uniformed groups etc. with the support of a SoLO Support worker or Volunteer for, initially, six months.  After six months, the support is reviewed to determine if the child can access the activity independently, in which case we then introduce another child into the setting.  The aim of the scheme is to help settings become more inclusive and increase the opportunities in mainstream provision for children with disabilities.

Access all Areas Projects

Swimming North & South

A small swimming group who meet at the mainstream swimming bath at Chelmsley Wood and Tudor Grange Baths in Solihull – weekly, term time only for a fun swimming session.

Chelmsley: Mondays and Fridays 5 – 6.30 p.m.

Tudor Grange: Fridays 5.15 – 7 p.m. Mondays 5 – 6.30 p.m.

Match Point

A professional, fun tennis coaching session, weekly on a Saturday term time only. Meeting at Olton & West Warwickshire Tennis Club  1.45 – 3 p.m.

Ice Skating

An ice skating group who meet at Blue Ice Plaza to have fun on the ice, weekly in term time, Friday evenings 5 – 6.30 p.m.

Football

In conjunction with Solihull Moors FC – meeting on alternate Saturdays in Chelmsley Wood 9.30 – 11 a.m.

Youth Adventure Synergy

This is a free service offered on a Monday evening and Saturday morning term time only for children and young adults 10 plus.

The session is held at Meriden Park, Chelmsley Wood. Open to the general public, the adventure playground enables local children to enjoy outdoor play in a secure environment.

This facility is open to the public and is a secure outdoor play area for the local community. Due to this, this project enables children to access an activity alongside their mainstream peers and family with the full support of our well trained support workers to offer arm’s length support when needed in a safe encouraging environment. 

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.

Adventure Playground

This is a free service offered on Thursday evenings for school years 2 to 8, with fourteen children attending weekly.

The playground is at Meriden Park, Chelmsley Wood. Open to the general public, the adventure playground enables local children to enjoy outdoor play in a secure environment.

SoLO’s scheme enables children with a learning disability to play safely alongside their mainstream peers in a safe environment, supported by experienced staff who are confident to provide arm’s length support. It enables all the children, regardless of disability, to explore together a wide range of activities outside in the fresh air in a supervised, encouraging environment. 

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.

Access All Areas 1-1

Enabling those in years 1 to 13 children to enjoy Scouts, ice skating, tennis, swimming and more.

A term-time scheme to enable children and young people with disabilities to be able to attend mainstream leisure activities such as sports clubs, Scouts, Cubs, Beavers etc with the support of a SoLO support worker or volunteer.  This scheme is for those in school years 1 to 13.

Access all Areas: One to One

A scheme to enable children and young people with disabilities to be able to attend mainstream leisure activities such as youth clubs, sports clubs, uniformed groups etc. with the support of a SoLO Support worker or Volunteer for, initially, six months.  After six months, the support is reviewed to determine if the child can access the activity independently, in which case we then introduce another child into the setting.  The aim of the scheme is to help settings become more inclusive and increase the opportunities in mainstream provision for children with disabilities.

Access all Areas Projects

Swimming North & South

A small swimming group who meet at the mainstream swimming bath at Chelmsley Wood and Tudor Grange Baths in Solihull – weekly, term time only for a fun swimming session.

Chelmsley: Mondays and Fridays 5 – 6.30 p.m.

Tudor Grange: Fridays 5.15 – 7 p.m. Mondays 5 – 6.30 p.m.

Match Point

A professional, fun tennis coaching session, weekly on a Saturday term time only. Meeting at Olton & West Warwickshire Tennis Club  1.45 – 3 p.m.

Ice Skating

An ice skating group who meet at Blue Ice Plaza to have fun on the ice, weekly in term time, Friday evenings 5 – 6.30 p.m.

Football

In conjunction with Solihull Moors FC – meeting on alternate Saturdays in Chelmsley Wood 9.30 – 11 a.m.

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.

Get Active

A fortnightly opportunity in term time for young adults with severe disabilities and people aged 13+ with moderate learning disabilities to meet in a group to spend a Saturday afternoon with friends, accessing a variety of recreational activities.

Alternate Saturdays.

Youth Adventure Synergy

This is a free service offered on a Monday evening and Saturday morning term time only for children and young adults 10 plus.

The session is held at Meriden Park, Chelmsley Wood. Open to the general public, the adventure playground enables local children to enjoy outdoor play in a secure environment.

This facility is open to the public and is a secure outdoor play area for the local community. Due to this, this project enables children to access an activity alongside their mainstream peers and family with the full support of our well trained support workers to offer arm’s length support when needed in a safe encouraging environment. 

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.

Socialight

A chance for young people to socialise and make new friends and do a variety of different activities, both in-house and in the community. You will get to decide what activities you would like to participate in with the support of experienced staff. The sessions run every other Saturday 1.30pm-4.30pm from either our Walnut Close venue in the North of Solihull or from Solihull Fire Station in the South of Solihull.

Teen Open Door

A weekly opportunity for 11-18 year olds with profound and multiple learning disabilities to relax after school with music, arts, games, dancing and reflexology. variety of tailored, stimulating and creative activities.

Teen Scheme Holiday Activities

A variety of tailored, stimulating and creative activities.

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.

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.

Funky Fridays Family Disco (11+)

7:30pm – 10:00pm

Funky Fridays are popular with members at all levels of disability. Every 4th Friday of the month it’s an 11+ family friendly disco night, attended by about 30 people in total. The family nights feature our Fabulous Family Disco and members often bring siblings and friends.

Funky Fridays are held at The Crown members club at 2 Masons Close, Olton B92 7JE. The cost is £5 for members and friends, £1 for PAs and carers.

Fun Factory

A project for children with complex and high support needs between school years 1 and 6.  It is a fun loving and person centred project that helps develop play and social skills.  It also enables the children to spend time with their peers in a safe and nurturing environment.

Playscheme Holiday Activities

Playscheme Holiday Activities. Years 1 to 7.

Our Specialist Playscheme offers a variety of tailored, exciting activities. All play is designed to be challenging, creative and innovative. The Specialist Playscheme runs every Easter and summer holidays offering five days of full day provision at Easter and seven days of full day provision in the summer. We support up to 30 children per day. Transport to and from the specialist venue can be arranged.

Please watch the videos and listen to the Parents talking about the Specialist Playscheme at the bottom of this page.

Funky Fridays Nightclub

7:30pm – 10:00pm

Funky Fridays is popular with the members and runs every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month it’s an 18+ adults only nightclub, attended by about 30 people in total.

Funky Fridays are held at The Crown members club at 2 Masons Close, Olton B92 7JE. The cost is £5 for members and friends, £1 for PAs and carers.

Waterloo 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

Night Owl & Thursday Crew

Drop-in, weekly social clubs on Mondays and Thursdays, giving members a chance to meet friends regularly in the same place and enjoy the themed activities. Meeting the same group regularly allows the development of social skills, mutual trust and shared enjoyment. PMLD members are welcome and should be accompanied by their regular PA / carer. Cost per member is £5 plus £1 for each PA or carer.

Night Owl meetings are held every Monday at The Ivy Leaf, 2296 Coventry Road, Sheldon, B26 3JR.

Thursday Crew meeting are held at The Labour Club, 51 Clopton Crescent, Chelmsley Wood B37 6QU

Evolve

Evolve is an exciting, person-centred daytime project that caters for adults with high support needs: PMLD/ complex health needs/severe learning disabilities. It runs Monday to Friday 50 weeks a year, and provides a variety of multi-sensory activities creating opportunities for social interaction and learning new skills.

Staffing ratios are based and costed on the needs of the client but typically 1:1 or 1:2 with additional support as required, for example during personal care or trips in the community.

The project increases the skills of the members in a fun way within a social environment. It allows its members to participate in a plethora of activities aimed at meeting different interests and aspirations such as independent living skills, travel training, social skills. Swimming and music remain firm favourites and are regularly offered within the varied programme.

We use specialist equipment including an interactive white board and eye-gaze technology, which is extremely beneficial to our members, and P Pod bean bags with moulded, made to measure seats which will benefit our members who use wheel chairs.

There is sound evidence of the progress all existing members have made, some are just small steps but are significant to those involved. These include a member learning to say out loud another name other than “mum” (Deb- the name of a member of staff) – in 22 years this is the first new word – a wonderful testament to the time and energy invested into the project by the staff team.

Member Stories

Carl has really enjoyed his time at Evolve, he comes home smiling every day.

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Member Stories

Simon: a 44 year old man with scoliosis, learning disabilities, a diagnosis of autism and no spoken language.

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Member Stories

Jenna: a 30 year old lady with learning disabilities and Trisomy 8 Mosaicism Syndrome.

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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.

Fundraising Partners and Heroes

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