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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
When looking back over the last year (which we all often do in this season) I am struck with the kindness of people. We hear so much bad stuff on the news and we have experienced, first hand, the more unpleasant side of life (when we were burgled) but my overwhelming...read more
This was a passing comment from a parent as she left the launch of our new build at Walnut Close on Wednesday. What a wonderful thing to hear and it is reflective of how important services such as the ones that SoLO provides are. We had a marvellous evening opening our new extended base at Walnut Close this week.read more
We are excited to be working with the Co-op Community Fund. Vote for SoLO as a cause and get all the benefits of Co-Op membership at the same time – win-win! Follow the link to...
How much fun can you have at Santa's Grotto? A lot! Ramping up to Christmas and the Grotto is open every day this week except Wednesday. Elves and helpers have been working hard to assist Santa to give out presents to lots of excited children counting sleeps till...
What you can expect with SoLO
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.
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.
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!
Discover more about SoLO
SoLO operates a wide range of projects and activities to cater for different age groups and different levels of ability.
Several times a year we hold amazing events for our members and to raise funds. Everyone at SoLO gets involved and helps.
The SoLO Voice board is your voice within SoLO.
The Voice Group helps us to provide the best service for all our members.
Volunteer support saves our charity a staggering £230,000 each year and volunteers contribute over 18,000 hours of support.
“I love being a member of Daylight – it is really good. I love to help out. Every day we do something different, today we went bowling and I had a great time. I love helping the staff and planning what I do myself. If I didn’t go to Daylight I don’t know what I would do!”
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.”
“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
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
I am Deb Jones, Manager of Children’s Services at SoLO. I have been in this role since April 2009 and can honestly say it is the most rewarding and enjoyable job I have ever done.
It is also the busiest and most exhausting -there are never enough hours in the day!
Hi I am Paula Burnham and I am the Adults Services Manager. I oversee all of the activities that SoLO provides for the 18+ age group and I also manage the Personal Assistant service. SoLO is a vibrant and energetic organisation where the staff have nearly as much fun as our members!!!Paula Burnham