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Please see items in this week’s newsletter for your information, and to share with those you feel could be interested:

1.       Here to Help this Winter 2021

2.       Carers Information Event

3.       ‘Conversation Culture’ forum

4.       New Kooth Engagement Lead for the Solihull area

5.       Digital Engagement Officer role available at DigiKick

6.       West Midlands Police Event To Raise Awareness About Violence Against Women and Young Girls



1.       Here to Help this Winter 2021

Winter can often be a difficult time for people. This year we know it could be even harder so Solihull Council has worked with local voluntary groups to create the Here to Help Winter 2021 booklet to help residents.

Please see the attached document ‘Here to Help Winter 2021.pdf’. Inside you’ll find information to help people keep warm, healthy and safe, plus details of financial help and assistance. Wherever possible there are telephone numbers as well as web addresses.

If you can’t find the help that you need in this booklet, then please call Solihull Connect service at Solihull Council and one of our advisers will assist – 0121 704 8000.

2.       Carers Information Event

An event is being held to celebrate Carers Rights Day, which is an annual awareness campaign that aims to raise awareness of carers and to help them access the right support. Whether you are a carer, a young carer, a family member or a professional, please come along to find out what support is available for carers in Solihull.


The event is due to take place at 4:30pm-7pm on Wednesday 24th November at Solihull Moors Football Club, Damson Parkway, Solihull, B92 9EJ.


Please see attachment ‘CRD 21 Flyer’ for more details about the event.  For more information or to book, please email centre@solihullcarers.org, or call 0121 788 1143, or visit: www.solihullcarers.org/events



3.       ‘Conversation Culture’ forum

Arts and Culture play a vital role in making Solihull a prosperous, healthy and attractive place to live and in bringing people together provides a sense of vitality and belonging. Both the council and local stakeholders play a vital role in shaping the cultural landscape for residents and providing opportunity for them to engage in a broad range of cultural experiences.

The council recognises that there is more that they can do to strengthen the cultural infrastructure in Solihull, and they are keen to develop an ongoing dialogue with local practitioners and organisations. They are therefore issuing an open invitation to a first ‘Conversation Culture’ forum as a space to discuss the opportunities and challenges as everyone moves out of the pandemic.

The event is an initial opportunity to engage in a rich conversation about the cultural offering in the borough, share ideas on what is working well and exploring how everyone can all play a part in shaping future opportunity. Whether you are a cultural and creative practitioner, freelancer, organisation or cultural venue, the forum would like to hear from you.

The event is due to take place from 5pm-7pm on Thursday 9th December at The Core, Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3RG.

Registration for the event can be done via Eventbrite via the following link:

Conversation Culture Tickets, Thu 9 Dec 2021 at 17:00 | Eventbrite

For further details about the event please contact Kate Bunting- Strategic Lead for Culture on kate.bunting@solihull.gov.uk or call 0121 704 6958


4.       New Kooth Engagement Lead for the Solihull area

Wynnie Alexander is the new Kooth Engagement Lead (KEL) for the Solihull area (in addition to the Birmingham area as well), meaning that Wynnie will now be the main point of contact taking over from Donna Woodward, who you may have previously conversed with.

As everyone continues to work together to support our young people, Wynnie would be happy to connect with you to discuss delivery of Kooth presentations and workshops, along with replenishing any Kooth promotional resources you may need to distribute to your young people, reminding them that Kooth are still here to support them through any difficulties they may be experiencing.

Please feel free to contact Wynnie at walexander@kooth.com if you require any further details.


5.       Digital Engagement Officer role available at DigiKick

DigiKick have the new role of Digital Engagement Officer available within the DigiKick team.

For more information about the role and to apply, please click on: DigiKick

6.       West Midlands Police Event To Raise Awareness About Violence Against Women and Young Girls

The local West Midlands Police officers and partners are holding an event to raise awareness about violence against women and young girls. They would really like to hear the views of local people and let the community know what help and support is available. There will be guest speakers and information stands and an opportunity for you to let them know how you feel about violence against women and young girls.

The local officers hope you can join them for cake and refreshments. As a thank you for taking part all attendees will receive a £20 Amazon voucher.

Date : Saturday 4th December 2021 at 12pm till 3pm

Venue : The Pavilions Club

               Meriden Drive


               B37 6BX

There are limited spaces available, to book your place simply email the Smiths Wood Policing team on smithswood@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk with your name and postcode. You will receive a confirmation email and more details before the event. Vouchers will only be given to participants that turn up for the whole session and that have booked a space prior to the event.

This invitation is open to anyone that lives, works or attends school /college in Smith’s Wood, Castle Bromwich, Kingshurst, Fordbridge, Chelmsley Wood and Marston Green so please share with anyone in these areas that you think would like to attend.