Friday Club South

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. 

Similar premise to the North Club, this club is modified for those with higher support needs and looks at their sensory needs. South is more structure in activity, but the children still have the element of free play as there are 3 different spaces for them to make use of.

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 South


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. 

Similar premise to the North Club, this club is modified for those with higher support needs and looks at their sensory needs. South is more structure in activity, but the children still have the element of free play as there are 3 different spaces for them to make use of.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Teen Open Door

After school club taking place on Tuesdays for children who currently attend Merstone School, in school years 7 – 13.

The session runs weekly for 4 hours and includes a meal.

The cost is £10 per session.

If transport is needed for your child/young person then please let the office know before they attend their first session. There will be planners sent for each session along with meal plans.

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.

Fun Factory

Fun Factory is for children who have high support needs.

Fun Factory runs for 3 hours of a Saturday. We have staffing ratios of 1:1 and we work with the children and their families to help those who attend with their goals they set they join SoLO. We have specially trained staff who run a variety of activities, such as arts and crafts, baking, dressing up, sensory activities and outdoor play.

The age range for fun factory is 4 – 13 however we do split the children by age, once a child moves into secondary education we work with them to help aid the transition process for them in line with SoLO’s holiday projects.

£7.50 Per Session

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.

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

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.