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Embracing Disability, Empowering Lives

Welcome to SoLO. SoLO’s services are delivered by highly skilled and professional people leading to a reputation of being the best provider. Offering Adult and Children’s services of the highest standards our organisation provides the widest range of support. Each one of our Projects is specially designed to add value to the lives of individuals with learning disabilities.

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Find out more about what’s happening at SoLO

SoLO resorts to murder to plug gap on funding

You will no doubt have read about the recent loss of funding for adults with a learning disability who do not meet the criteria for adult social care provision. Read the Solihull Observer News Article Here SoLO are fighting back to keep these services running and we...

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Partnership Working at its best!

Here at SoLO we love partnerships.  How right was John Donne when he wrote the poem "No man is an island" and we constantly see the benefits of linking with others...

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Festive Fun

The fun you can have in SoLO!  Today I was delighted to join Lion Paul Wheatley and Paula Evans from Sepsis Trust to kick start this year's Festive Walk which will be held on Thursday 27th December at Baddesley Clinton.  Come and walk off the Christmas pud and bring...

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What you can expect with SoLO

Activities

With a plan in place and needs assessed, the next question is what is there to do?  At SoLO we recognise that one size does not fit all and we offer a menu of activities to suit all preferences ensuring that the right amount of support is in place. Enough to keep the member safe, but not too much to take away their independence.

Key Life Skills

At SoLO it is all about outcomes.  Having a lovely time with friends is great, but how much better is having a lovely time that helps to keep those friends, develop relationships, build confidence, increase self-esteem and provide a platform for learning.  All SoLO services are measured by the added value their provide for the member.

Friends

We all need friends and the SoLO activity programme gives an ideal opportunity for its members to make new friends and keep in touch with old ones.  It doesn’t matter what level of disability someone has, everyone has the ability to have a friend and be a friend – we just provide the opportunity to make it happen.

Planning

Everyone needs to plan and it is exciting to do so.  At SoLO we help our members plan their future in interactive ways, using person centred planning tools that ensure they lead the process and, why shouldn’t they, it is their future after all!

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Services

SoLO operates a wide range of projects and activities to cater for different age groups and different levels of ability.

Our Services

Events

Several times a year we hold amazing events for our members and to raise funds. Everyone at SoLO gets involved and helps.

Our Events

SoLO Voice

The SoLO Voice board is your voice within SoLO.
The Voice Group helps us to provide the best service for all our members.

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Volunteer

Volunteer support saves our charity a staggering £230,000 each year and volunteers contribute over 18,000 hours of support.

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SoLO Testimonials

SoLO Volunteer Russell Williams

“I love being a volunteer for SoLO, it has made me feel so proud of myself and since SoLO accepted me to be a volunteer it has changed my life because I make decisions that help to change people’s lives. Being disabled myself, I enjoy helping other disabled people and enjoy doing all the activities as much as they do. I volunteer on two weekday projects, Night Owl and Waterloo. Sometime I volunteer by helping the fundraising teams on different events. If you are thinking of becoming a SoLO volunteer, it will change your life and the people you support. To SoLO`s members you will become a teacher, role model, protector and friend.”

Parent of LW

“We’re really happy with how Lauren has settled at Evolve. We feel all her needs are well catered for and staff have built up a great understanding of what makes her tick (and laugh!). We couldn’t be happier.”

Sandra Ballard

“When my son, who is severely disabled, returned from college, he was very depressed, because, as a young man, he needed to be independent. SoLO has enabled him to use his individual budget for a Personal Assistant who I am confident is well trained, supported and appropriate. Marcus is so much happier now. He can tailor the support he gets to suit his own individuality and seeing him take control of his life shows me how successful he will be when he eventually decides to leave home.  I cannot speak too highly of SoLO”.

Meet some of the SoLO team

Hello I’m Jan Prior.  My life is both enriched and challenged by having a son with special needs. As Chair I bring my experience and skills to shape and lead SoLO. I am supported by a great team of volunteers and staff who add sparkle to all that SoLO offers to enhance our members’ lives.

Jan Prior

Chair of SoLO

Hi I am Deb Jones , the Operations Manager for our Supported Living service, and “Evolve”- our daytime provision for those with high support needs. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the amazing growth of SoLO since I started back in April 2009 as the Children’s Team Manager, and hope to see this momentum continue so we can benefit more families each year, within and beyond Solihull.

Deb Jones

Operations Manager

My name is Lesley Beer, I am the Senior Business Support Manager at SoLO. I started with SoLO in March 2014 and have the privilege of working with exceptional staff who go above and beyond. I have enjoyed watching the organisation grow and develop over the years, from extending our base to moving into Supported Living. I am excited to see where we are going next!

Lesley Beer

Senior Business Support Manager

My name is Janet Down, I am the CEO of SoLO, have been here for 14 years and wouldn’t want to work anywhere else. It is a privilege to serve the members of SoLO who constantly inspire me. My aim is always to provide them the level of service that they deserve.

Janet Down

CEO of SoLO

I am the Operations Manager for Adults Daytime activities (Daylight and Daylight+) all Adult Drop-in, evening and weekend activities and the PA service, for which I am the Registered Manager.
I have been employed by SoLO since 2012 and during this time I have witnessed the demand for our services grow hugely. We have responded to the demand by continually improving and extending the scope of our service offer to reach those who would otherwise have no-where else to go.
Our Adult services offer fun, vibrant, activity sessions where people can learn new skills and make new friends in a modern environment supported by highly skilled staff. The level of support offered is determined by the needs of our members with each individuals outcomes, hopes and dreams taken into account. I am committed to making the aspirations of our members become a reality by providing excellent, high quality opportunities for everyone in SoLO’s care.

Paula Burnham

Operations Manager

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