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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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Hats and Weddings

I had an unusual request a few months ago.  A couple of friends at our church had set their wedding date and were looking at options for their reception. Their innovative thinking led them to ask me if I would like to organise the reception at church and they proposed donating the money they saved, by not having it at a hotel, to charity – SoLO and Dorridge Methodist Church.  I considered for a second and said yes!  I couldn’t miss the chance to add £2,500 to SoLO’s fundraised income.  SoLO is dependent on fundraised income to deliver many of its activities and every £ helps.  The bonus is that Robert and Caroline also requested that guests donate to Dorridge Methodist Church Charity of the year 2016/17 – SoLO. What an experience and privilege this turned out to be.  Hours of preparation but the outcome was a wedding which delighted Caroline and Robert.  Everyone sharing their special day had a fantastic time – it had a personal, family feel achieved with lots of support from others. I led on this wearing my Chair and fundraising trustee “Hat”.  (Each of SoLO’s trustees has a hat allocated to them for an area of work they take a lead on: Gillian HR; Sue H&S/Risk; Ian finance; Steve safeguarding; Lindsey parent/carers; Sarah PR/marketing; Paul volunteering) The wedding day support team included a mix of DMC and SoLO Volunteers Becci, Jill, Linda, Hala, Maria, Stuart, Steve, Sara, Charly, Mark, Chris, Carole, Shirley, Ponita, Lynn, Nicky and Lynn.  The kitchen was hectic but fun and the team worked extremely hard but brilliantly together. Congratulations and... read more

SoLO staff and volunteers please take note

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/wheelchair-bound-blind-teen-dies-11885379 I was so sad to hear about the young man who died recently following an accident in his wheelchair and my heart goes out to the family, friends and teachers at this terrible time. It has really brought home to me how vulnerable our members are and how we all must take heed of this terrible situation and always be super vigilant to protect and safeguard them from harm.  Just 30 seconds can change someone’s life and we don’t want to be in the position of looking back and saying ‘If only…’ I am not making any judgement on the situation or what happened and neither should I without the full facts.  However, it has really driven home to me the constant need for risks to be assessed and all staff and volunteers to be constantly aware of what is happening around them.  Accidents do happen, and we should not wrap our members in cotton wool and not allow them to experience and enjoy life to its full.  However,  let this be a reminder for all of us who are caring for vulnerable people, of the level of responsibility we shoulder and the need to keep our eye on the ball at all times.  A hard task, but... read more

SoLO staff and volunteers please take note

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/wheelchair-bound-blind-teen-dies-11885379 I was so sad to hear about the young man who died recently following an accident in his wheelchair and my heart goes out to the family, friends and teachers at this terrible time. It has really brought home to me how vulnerable our members are and how we all must take heed of this terrible situation and always be super vigilant to protect and safeguard them from harm.  Just 30 seconds can change someone’s life and we don’t want to be in the position of looking back and saying ‘If only…’ I am not making any judgement on the situation or what happened and neither should I without the full facts.  However, it has really driven home to me the constant need for risks to be assessed and all staff and volunteers to be constantly aware of what is happening around them.  Accidents do happen, and we should not wrap our members in cotton wool and not allow them to experience and enjoy life to its full.  However,  let this be a reminder for all of us who are caring for vulnerable people, of the level of responsibility we shoulder and the need to keep our eye on the ball at all times.  A hard task, but...

Success at Parallel!

Exactly four years on from the 2012 Paralympics, Parallel London invited everybody to come together at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in a national celebration of inclusion and diversity.  Local Charity, SoLO, never one to miss an opportunity for its learning disabled members to shine picked up the mantel and booked 6 running bonds. In partnership with Schaeffler (UK) Ltd, a global technology company with a regional office in the West Midlands, SoLO athletes started on a training programme to get them ready for the challenge. On Sunday 4th September, 2 buses full of runners, buddies and supporters went to London to take part. Martin Ryan, Industrial Distribution Director from Schaeffler commented: “The event with SoLO was truly inspirational.  For our Schaeffler team of 3 running buddies and 4 supporters, it was a chance to see how a group of people with various challenges and varying abilities came together to achieve a goal as one.  I was a running buddy and the small part I played was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done personally.  We all look forward to being able to support SoLO at the 2017 Parallel event.”. Participants took part in five very different fun push/run challenges.   All ages. All abilities. No cut-off times. No excuses!   People ran, walked, wheeled, pushed and everything in between. But that was not all.  The most was made of the spectacular venue with a huge free family festival.  There was showcased the very best accessible attractions and entertainment across technology, art and culture, food and drink, health and fitness and much more. The SoLO team...

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

Philip Shelton

“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.”

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

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 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!

Deb Jones

Children’s Services Manager

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

Adults Services Manager

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