New Rough Sleeper Outreach Team for Solihull

By Sophie Perrett, Rough Sleeper Manager, Solihull Councill In October, Solihull saw the start of a new Rough Sleeper Outreach Team. Funded through the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ (DLHUC) Rough Sleeping Initiative (RSI) grant programme, the team will build on existing outreach work by targeting new hotspots of homelessness and rough sleeping in […]

No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) Conference

By Eliz Hopkins On Wednesday 19 October 2022 I had the privilege of attending the WMCA Homelessness Taskforce NRPF and Homelessness at Birmingham Symphony Hall. The conference promised to be an insightful day bringing partners together to consider and explore regional approaches to designing out homelessness for non-UK nationals with no recourse or restricted eligibility […]

Miss Macaroon Programme and open day

Macaroons that Make a Difference programme was developed as part of Miss Macaroon’s work as a Social Enterprise. The scheme offers support for long-term unemployed young people, aged 18-35 years old, who have certain disadvantages when it comes to gaining employment. For example, some trainees are ex-offenders. Others have had a history of mental health […]

Free School Uniforms Across the West Midlands

The increase in the cost of living is at the forefront of everyone’s minds at the moment. Sadly, there are necessities that are no longer affordable for families, and this includes school uniforms.  A survey of about 1,000 UK parents by The Children’s Society suggested those with children in state schools spent on average £337 […]

Homeless Link Spring Conference: Accommodation Solutions

Homeless Link Spring Conference: Accommodation Solutions Homeless Link are the national membership charity for organisations working directly with people who become homeless in England. In March Homeless Link are hosting their Spring Conference in Birmingham. This will be an in-person event and a great opportunity to network with other organisations and charities within the homeless […]

Train-the-Trainer Offer

“Violence Against Women and Girls: Cause and Consequence of Women’s Homelessness” Train-the-Trainer Offer: RSVP in conjunction with Birmingham Community Safety Partnership are offering agencies the opportunity to attend ‘Train-the-Trainerr’ sessions for the training ‘Violence Against Women and Girls: Cause and Consequence of Women’s Homelessness’. This will be an opportunity for staff to develop their knowledge […]

Tappin’ In Jan 2022

Learn to tap dance and be part of a tap dancing world record attempt – no experience necessary about Tappin’ In Tappin’ In is a project happening across the West Midlands during spring-summer 2022, as part of Birmingham International Dance Festival and the Birmingham 2022 Festival. We’re inviting people to come together weekly between February […]

Regional winter plan pledges to protect rough sleepers

Local authorities from across the West Midlands have joined to help rough sleepers as they battle the harsh winter weather and ongoing challenges caused by the pandemic. The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), the Homelessness Taskforce, and partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors, have set out a joint winter plan with the aim […]

Festive Rent Campaign 2021

Solihull Community Housing (SCH) is the Arm’s Length Management Organisation (ALMO) set up in April 2004 to run the housing service on behalf of Solihull Council. This means that with Solihull Council own the properties but housing services are delivered by us. Our Festive Rent Campaign is now live! At Christmas time, we understand that […]

Intro to Solihull Churches Action on Homelessness

Solihull Churches Action on Homelessness was set up as an ecumenical charity in the early 1990s to help young people who had nowhere to live. Originally set up to provide temporary accommodation, SCAH now provides relief for homeless and insecurely housed people across the borough, including grants and starter packs for people starting new tenancies. […]