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Communities 2016/17

The Council vision is for Solihull to be a place where everyone has an equal chance to be happier, healthier, safer and more prosperous. We help make connections between people and create the conditions where people and communities can help themselves, building on the existing assets in their communities. Examples of this include: 

Local Area Coordination

In 2016 Solihull was the first area in the West Midlands to introduce an approach called Local Area Coordination, which is being delivered through the Solihull Together programme.

Five Local Area Coordinators have been recruited to work across the wards of Olton, Lyndon, Shirley East, Smith’s Wood and Kingshurst & Fordbridge. They provide advice, information and support to people of all ages and their families and carers. They will also build longer term relationships with people who may be facing complex life situations.

Find out more about Local Area Coordination at https://Solihull.mylifeportal.co.uk

Man V Fat – case study

Ben Gallon celebrated a personal victory after beating the bulge through a unique weight loss programme commissioned by the Council. Ben successfully lost over a quarter of his body weight after joining MAN v FAT – a free 14 week football league exclusively for men with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or over who want to lose weight.

Ben joined the league at 15st 7lbs and lost a whopping 4st 1lb, a total of 26% of his original body weight reducing his BMI from 32.2 down to 23.

He said:  “MAN v FAT gave me the motivation to eat a lot better and I now cook every night and prepare a good lunch each day, which has helped me to stay at my goal weight.

“Knowing each week there are nine other lads relying on you to lose weight was great.  Not only did I want to contribute to the teams’ weight bonus, but it also challenged me to do the best that I can.”

Find out more at www.manvfat.com/football

Home Library Service

This service is for people who are unable to get to their local library and don’t have anyone who can visit on their behalf. It allows people to borrow items from the library and we will bring them to their home. Our aim is to provide better access to libraries for all sections of the community and improve the health and wellbeing of Solihull residents.

Supporting adults with learning disabilities

Thanks to a partnership between our Adult Care & Support and Library departments, adults with learning disabilities now open up the doors at Marston Green Library every Wednesday, between 10am and 1pm. They are on hand to provide assistance to library users to return, renew and borrow library items, using the self-service kiosks.

The project provides a wonderful opportunity for the group to gain work experience and develop valuable skills, widening their future prospects. They have found that the small and friendly community facility in the library building has been much more suited to their needs. They have been able to familiarise themselves with the layout of the building and the equipment, and the potential for a range of activities to take place there, including developing computer skills, craft activities, music and social skills.