01217793865 info@solihullsolo.org



My name is Kayley Johnston. I am the Volunteer Co-ordinator for SoLO and welcome you to SoLO Volunteering.

SoLO would not be able to operate without its committed passionate and enthusiastic family of volunteers.

If you decide to volunteer for SoLO, it will change your life forever. You will learn things about yourself you never knew and discover skills and talents you never thought you had. You only become extraordinary by doing extraordinary things. When you volunteer for SoLO you begin a journey that not only changes the lives of the people you support but also your life and the lives around you.

Volunteering 2018

Change a life, forever.

Volunteering within SoLO has been one of the most rewarding things that I have done in my professional and non-professional life. From the moment I first walked into the offices it is evident that the staff and volunteers put their members at the heart of all they do, and this was one of the main reasons that I wanted to be part of an ever growing, ever ambitious, ever supportive brand that really focuses on equality, diversity and individuality.From the first moment I became a volunteer within SoLO my perspective on life changed. Not only did it open up the world of disability to me, but made it a less taboo subject and appreciate the smaller things in life.When I tell people that I volunteer, they always say about how much of a nice thing it is to do, however I feel as though I personally get a lot more from it, than the members do. The feeling of empowerment is priceless and something no job that is paid for can ever give you.I have met some amazing people, with amazing talents along the way and I am looking forward to continuing with supporting and meeting new people within the SoLO organisation.If I was asked about if it is worth volunteering, I would say not only is it worth doing, not only is it one of the most amazing feelings and experiences you could ever imagine, its also a life changing experience, for the members and also the staff and volunteers. It provides feeling of worth and appreciation of life that money just couldn’t buy.

SoLO Volunteer 2016


Members supported

Active Projects

Volunteer Vacancies (Choose Project of interest)

Get Active

A fortnightly opportunity in term time for young people aged 13+ to meet in a group and take part in indoor and outdoor activities such as boating, swimming, bowling and Snooker.

Every other Saturday 11am – 2pm

Venue:- SoLO Annex, Solihull Fire Station, Solihull.


Teen Open Door

A weekly opportunity for 11-18 year olds with profound and multiple learning disabilities to chill  out after school with music, arts, games, dancing and reflexology.

Venue:- Merstone School, Smithswood, Birmingham

Times:- 3.15pm – 6.30pm


Musical Youth

A fortnightly opportunity for ages 12-24 offering a variety of musical experiences.

Venue:- Shirley Community Church, Green Lane, Shirley

Times:- 6.15pm – 8.45pm

Waterloo (Volunteers 17+)

A popular and lively weekly disco on a Wednesday evening.

Wednesdays, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Venue:- The Kingshurst Labour Club, Clopton Cresent, Chelmsley Wood.

Waterloo is a very popular club where our amazing supported volunteers (SoLO Sounds) play the music and get everyone dancing!


Night Owl (Volunteers 17+)


A weekly social club on a Monday evening for members to meet up with their friends and enjoy the themed activities, with support from staff and volunteers if needed.

Mondays, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Venue:- The Ivy Leaf, Coventry Road, Solihull.



Thursday Crew (Volunteers 17+)

A weekly opportunity on a Thursday evening for members to  meet up with their friends and enjoy the themed activities, with  support from staff and volunteers.

Venue:- The Labour Club, 51 Clopton Cresent, Chelmsley  Wood, B37 6QU

Every Thursday, 7pm – 9pm


Funky Fridays (Volunteers 17+)

A twice-monthly inclusive “nightclub” experience in a supportive atmosphere.  Featuring SoLO`s very own `SoLO Sounds` DJ.

All members who attend are 18+

Venue:- Acocks Green Legion,16-18 Botteville Road, Acocks Green, B27 7YP

7.30pm – 10.30pm


Daylight (Volunteers 17+)


A member led provision of meaningful daytime activities which runs 50 weeks of the year promoting choice and independence. The programme includes a variety of community and project-based activities achieving individual outcomes that meet social care funding requirements. The staff ration is 1:4. A small and friendly project.

Venues:- Walnut Close – SoLO Annex, Solihull Fire station. 9am – 5pm (Times flexible)



Evolve (Volunteers 17+)

Evolve will be running Monday – Wednesday during the 2016 summer and then 5 days from September. Mon/Tues at Walnut close and Wednesday at Solihull Fire Station. Times:9am – 5pm

If you would like to volunteer on this project, please contact p.horton@solihullsolo.org

SoLO Choir

This Project is open for any adult with a learning disability who likes to sing  They meet fortnightly on a Friday from 6.30 – 8.00 pm at the SoLO Annex at Solihull Fire Station.


Time Out

For young people aged 14+ with severe disabilities to spend a Saturday  afternoon with their friends accessing recreational activities.

Venue:- SoLO Annex, Solihull Fire Station, 1.15pm – 4.15pm Alternate  Saturdays.


Totally Arts

Focusing on dance and drama and backstage work. Working towards putting on a performance to showcase their work.

When: Saturdays Fortnightly

Time: 1.15pm – 4.15pm

Venue: Hatchford Brook Youth Centre, Old Lode Lane.


Youth Club

A weekly opportunity for young people aged 13-19 to promote independence,  cooking and eating together as well as trips out.

When:Tuesdays, term time only

Time: 5.15pm – 8.15pm

Venue: Hatchford Brook Youth Centre, Old Lode La, Solihull B92 8JE

Safe Time Out

A weekly opportunity for young people aged 13-19 to promote independence,  cooking and eating together as well as trips out.

When: Mondays, term time only

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Venue: Castle Bromwich Youh Centre, Hurst La North, Birmingham B36 0HD

Swimming North

A weekly opportunity for children and young people to access a mainstream swimming session.

Monday, term time only. 4.45pm – 6.45pm

Venue:- North Solihull Swimming Baths

Swimming South


A weekly opportunity for children and young people to access a mainstream swimming session.

Fridays term time only. 5.00pm – 7.15pm

Venue:- Tudor Grange Swimming Baths

Ice Skating

A weekly opportunity for children to access a mainstream skating session, supported by  volunteers.

Fridays, term time only, 4.55pm – 6.30pm

Venue:- Blue Ice Plaza, Solihull

Adventure Playground

Outdoor free play for 6-12`s in a mainstream setting supported by SoLO staff and Volunteers.

Thursdays, 3.30pm – 5.30pm Term Time Only

Venue:- Adventure Playground, Meriden Park, Chelmsley Wood.

Fun Factory

Fun Factory is a Specialist Club for children school years 1-7 with disabilities.. The children who attend have complex support needs. The project takes place every Saturday in Solihull alternating between the North and South Solihull Areas. Times are from 1pm to 4pm.

After School Club

We currently run an After School Club at Forest Oak School in Smiths Wood which provides opportunities for children with additional needs to build their independence whilst having fun.

Venue:- Forest Oak School, SmithsWood

Wednesdays 3.00 pm  – 5-30pm (Term Time Only)


Saturday Super Friends

A fortnightly club for children aged 8-13 with moderate difficulties. Mixed fun activities.



Access All Areas

A 1:1 service to support children aged 5 to 18 with learning disabilities to  access a variety of mainstream settings such as youth clubs, uniform groups,  sports groups, etc.

Various locations and times in and around Solihull.


Match Point

A Weekly opportunity for Children aged  6 to 16 to take part in fun tennis  coaching.


Holiday Activities

A variety of activities for children and young people with moderate  to severe learning and physical disabilities. Activities include arts,  music, sports activities, cinema trips, theme parks, adventure  playgrounds and much more…….

Half Terms, Easter Holidays, Summer Holidays

Venues and time vary. Enquire for more information.


Contact SoLO Volunteering

Please use the form below to email me at k.johnston@solihullsolo.org if you would like to ask me anything, share your ideas, or even tell me about your SoLO Volunteering experiences. You can also call the office on 0121 779 3865 and speak to me. Application packs can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

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Volunteer Application Pack 2017

Click above to download the Volunteer Application Pack as a PDF

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