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Look who came to visit today!

Look who came to visit today!

We were very pleased to receive a visit from our local community police.  Ellen and Mo Patel visited us to discuss some possible fundraising opportunities from the Active Citizen Scheme.  It was lovely to see them both and we have invited them back to meet our members, but not before Janet was given the opportunity to find out just how heavy those vests are – 1.5 stone!  Wow – the police deserve a medal just for wearing the uniform. It was great to be able to show them around the new build at Walnut Close which is now reaching the first floor – photos to follow later in the week. We look forward to seeing Ellen and Mo at another time whilst they are busy policing the area and keeping us all...
We have a wall!

We have a wall!

What a lot has been achieved within a week – goes to show what you can do with a bit of hard work, grit and determination. We now have the first storey of our new extension in place with walls all around and next week will the  breaking through into the main building and the steel put in place. Such excitement as we plan for the range of activities that we will be able to offer our members when this new facility is open – I will keep you updated with its progress!...
The foundations are laid!

The foundations are laid!

Very excited to report that the foundations for our new extension are currently being laid.  It now seems real that the extension will soon be a reality – what a long journey this has been! Watching the care that has gone into laying the foundations, with the precise measurement and calculations has reminded me that without this attention to detail, the building will be no good and not fit for purpose. It is with the same amount of care, that we lay the foundations for the delivery of the services that will come from this new building.  Our recent refresh of our values, our work on determining the behaviours that will emanate from these values and the organisational refresh that is also happening are the important building blocks to ensure our services are also fit for purpose.  No good having a wonderful new building if the quality of care, support and empowerment for our members is of a poor quality. So looking forward to seeing this building come to fruition and filled with fun and interaction with our SoLO members. Will keep you...
What an honour!

What an honour!

What an honour…. to share that Janet Down CEO of SoLO Life Opportunities has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.  The MBE is awarded for an outstanding achievement or service to the community. This will have had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others.  This absolutely sums up what Janet has done for SoLO and its members over the last 17 years. Janet has been a pivotal part of the growth of SoLO from a “kitchen table” charity in the beginning to a charity which now offers so much to its members.  Her leadership and her enthusiasm have been a shining example to so many together with her desire to provide quality experiences and fun for its members, despite many challenges along the way. On behalf of SoLO members, parents, carers and staff many congratulations Janet and we’re so pleased that your many achievements and deep commitment to support the lives of people with Learning Disabilities has been recognised in such a way.  We celebrate your honour  mindful that with the recent sad loss of your Dad, someone so special to you, is unable to celebrate with us, but we know MBE or no MBE he was a very proud Dad and rightly so.   Jan Chair of...
SoLO’s values

SoLO’s values

In these turbulent There has never been a more appropriate time to review the values that underpin the work of SoLO.  We have worked with our staff and trustees over the past six months and have agreed that the following reflects the ‘Way we do things around here’ Safe services are fully risk assessed, using appropriate equipment and resources staff act with professionalism and are vigilant at all times venues and environments are fit for purpose Trusted positive relationships are evidenced delivers on promises reliable, prompt and response staff who are honest in all their dealings Adaptable fun activities, fully inclusive and person centred staff who listen and respond to the needs of every individual appropriate and creative resources are used Resilient responds to change, maintaining focus on aims and objectives learns from mistakes keeps the needs of its members at the heart of all it does All the above are designed to ensure that what our members, volunteers and staff experience is: Quality: services offer good value for money staff who go the extra mile to consistently ensure high standards solo members achieve positive outcome Want to remember SoLO’s values? think Quality...
Hard Decisions

Hard Decisions

SoLO has had some really hard decisions to make, in the past six months, as a result of the withdrawal of funding for adult social care.  This money, which for the past 17 years has formed the foundation of our funding for all of our adult social activity programme (Night Owl, Thursday Crew, Funky Fridays, Open Door, Icebreakers, Leisure Links and Get Active) was withdrawn on the basis that the money would be channelled through direct payment and individual budgets to those who meet social care funding criteria. In making the decision of what to do, the Trustees and Senior Management have had to look at the bigger picture and ensure that any action we take will not destabilise the whole organisation and put all of our members at risk. From October 2016 – March 2017, we have worked with staff to consider how we bridge the gap in funding and we have taken account of the fact that many of our members with more severe needs now have their own funding to pay for their activity programme.  We have also recognised that, for many of our members with lower needs, the social activities that we provide through Night Owl, Thursday Crew, Funky Fridays and Get Active are the only opportunity they get to meet up with their friends.  Many, due to no funding, have no other outlet at all. We have had the benefit of a social return of investment report that has been carried out on Night Owl, Thursday Crew and Funky Fridays and the evidence, that for every £1 we invest in these programmes delivers £14...

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