Community Development Team – Community Updates

These updates are collated by the Solihull Community Development Team and shared with you, our partners, within the community, to keep you updated with the different opportunities, funding, and activities that are happening in Solihull.

If you have any opportunities, funding or activities that you would like to promote please send to the Community Development Inbox at

The following items in this week’s newsletter are:

Community Updates

  1. Get ready for the Coronation – funding, information and deadlines
  2. Think Active – Free Online Training
  3. FREE drop-in sessions for basic digital skills
  4. FREE Multiply Workshops
  5. Art at the Heart Holi Activities & Art Competition
  6. New Memory Café at Kairos Coffee, Shirley
  7. Street Games Online Training
  8. Solihull Active Club Survey & So GO! Competition
  9. ID now needed for voting
  10. AD Concert Band’s Spring Concert
  11. Our Lady of the Wayside – Funded Places available

Volunteering Opportunities

  1. Solihull CAVA – Volunteer Support
  2. Volunteer Ride Leaders Needed


  1. Grantfinder Funding Search – Multiple Funding Opportunities.
  2. Asda Foundation’s Investing in Spaces and Places Grants Programme

Community Updates

1. Get ready for the Coronation – funding, information and deadlines

People across the UK and the Commonwealth will come together to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III on Saturday 6 May. Here are some ways to mark this historic occasion along with funding information, deadlines for applications and places to go for more information.

Community groups and projects are being encouraged to apply for funding through the National Lottery Awards for All programme. The awards themselves don’t have a deadline but it can take up to 12 weeks from the point of application submission to receiving funding. This means that the deadline for applications from community groups for the Coronation weekend is mid-February. Funding for projects that will make a difference to communities are available from £300 up to £10,000.  To find out more and make an application visit – How to get a grant for up to £10,000 | The National Lottery Community Fund (

From helping a local group to joining some of the UK’s best-known national charities, The Big Help Out on Bank Holiday Monday 8 May will give everyone the chance to get involved. If you’re organising events on the day, you can share opportunities to volunteer and register your events. And if you’re looking for something to support, The Big Help Out website will have a list of ways you can lend a hand in your neighbourhood from 20 March. To find out more visit –

If you’re planning a traditional street party which requires a road closure, the deadline is Friday 24 March. Alternatively, you can hold Street Meets which will not require a road closure but still offer a chance for your street to get together and celebrate. To apply for a street party visit – – where you will also find useful tips, advice and support. Please note that the deadline for all other road closure applications is 12 weeks before the closure.

The Coronation Big Lunch on 7 May encourages communities to come together, celebrate their connections and get to know each other better. It will bring the Coronation festivities into the heart of every community. To find out more and register for a Free Coronation Street Big Lunch pack full of  ‘ideas, inspiration and top tips’ visit –  

Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Leisure, Cllr Diane Howell, said: “Many of our residents will want to  celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III and organise activities in their communities. Please make sure that you are up to speed with national and local information – there are lots of useful tips to help you prepare for a safe and enjoyable weekend. And please don’t miss the deadlines – applications to the National Lottery Awards for All need to be in next week and applications for road closures need to reach us by 24 March.”


2. Think Active – Free Online Training

Think Active have secured a limited number of Free online training packages for coaches and volunteers working with Sports and Physical activity Clubs and Groups in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire.  There are 25 training and CPD courses to choose from, which cover a variety of topics such as; Equality and Diversity, First Aid, Safeguarding Adults, Safeguarding Children & Young People, Food Hygiene etc. A full list is available here:  (click on ‘EduCare Essentials – Staff and Volunteer Training’)The training is provided through EduCare, an online training provider.  As all the training is completed online, coaches/volunteers can access the courses from the comfort of their own home. Courses range from 30 minutes to 4 hours and as its all online progress can be saved and paused for convenience.

Please note that this training is additional CPD and therefore does not replace any first aid and safeguarding training that may be required by your national governing body or other funders/partners.

Coaches/volunteers can take advantage of as many of the courses as they wish, however all training must have been completed by the end of June 2023.

If you would like to apply for one of the training packages please use their application form which can be found here: 2022/23 Coaches and Volunteers EduCare Training Package Request (

To be eligible to receive a training package you must be involved in either coaching or volunteering in sport or physical activity in Coventry, Solihull or Warwickshire.

3. FREE drop-in sessions for basic digital skills

Basic digital skills are essential to get you ready for work. From job searching to creating a CV, you can attain the skills needed with the Digital Hub offered by Solihull Council’s Employment & Skills Team. Flexible drop-in sessions are available at the Solihull Recruitment & Training Centre in Chelmsley Wood. For more information, please click HERE and sign up by emailing .

4. FREE Multiply Workshops

Can you improve your work and home with maths? Yes, you can. Free numeracy workshops are offered by the Multiply programme to brush up your numeracy skills. Come along after work and find out how solving maths problems helps build your confidence at work and home.

Delivered by Solihull College, you can learn practical numeracy skills at the workshops, such as budgeting or shopping for best buys.

You can take advantage of Multiply if you are aged 19+ and do not have maths GCSE at grade C (or equivalent). For more information, please click HERE and sign up by emailing .

5. Art at the Heart Holi Activities & Art Competition

Get into the festival spirit by entering the Holi art competition for a chance to win fab prizes and feature in an exhibition!

Win £50 worth of art materials in 3 age categories–the age categories are as follows:

7-11(primary), 11-15(secondary) and 16+(there’s no age limit for fun!)


See yourself or your child burst with pride to be selected to feature in our Holi Art Exhibition.


Get more details from Art at the Heart’s website:

6. New Memory Café at Kairos Coffee, Shirley

7. Street Games Online Training

8. Solihull Active Club Survey & So GO! Competition

Please click on the link  to complete the annual clubs/ group/ organisation survey for Solihull activities. This will allow Solihull Active to see how activity is changing across the borough, and how best to support those clubs and groups that offer sport and/or physical activity. The survey is short and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. They appreciate your support with this.

So Go! Competition

For a chance to win a £100 Sports Direct voucher – spot one of the So Go! advertising posters or banners which are located around the borough – simply share a photo of the one you find, tag in @SolihullActive1 (Facebook) or @SolihullActive (Twitter & Instagram) and use the #SoGo hashtag! Good luck!

9. ID now needed for voting

The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station. This will apply for the first time in England at the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2023, so it is important to make sure you have an accepted form of ID.

You may already have photo ID that is acceptable, these include a passport, driving licence, certain concessionary travel cards, etc. For those who do not have one of the accepted forms of ID, you can apply for a free voter ID document (known as a voter authority certificate) from the council, either online or by submitting a paper application to the electoral services team.

The deadline to apply for a voter authority certificate for use at these elections is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April, but you should apply as soon as possible. It may seem early but checking now means you will be ready to cast your vote in May.

Full information and contact details can be found on the elections webpage,


10. AD Concert Band’s Spring Concert

On Saturday 25th March at 3:00pm, the AD Concert Band will present their Spring Concert, featuring a variety of music from around the British Isles.

The concert will take place at Malley Hall in Alderbrook School, Blossomfield Road, Solihull B91 1SN.

Admission will be free, with optional donations welcome.

Tickets can be reserved at  or by calling Steve on 07816829273 – You can find out more about the band at

11. Our Lady of the Wayside – Funded Places available


1. Solihull CAVA – Volunteer Support

Whether you’re looking to volunteer, or you’re an organisation looking to recruit volunteers, CAVA can help.

Why not book a meeting at their Solihull Office with their Volunteering Coordinator, Donna Norford to find out more about current opportunities and how to use their online portal to find and apply for suitable roles.

Online appointments and alternative dates are also available please use this link to book your 1-2-1 session – Volunteer 1:1 Surgery Booking

CAVA also holding pop-up sessions if you’re curious about volunteering but don’t know where to start. No booking required for pop-ups. They are held:

  • The Core Library Solihull – 1st Wednesday of every Month – 11.30 – 2pm (starts 1st Feb 2023)
  • Hobs Moat Library-  Monday 23rd Jan & 27th February 2023 10am – 12.45pm

2. Volunteer Ride Leaders Needed

Solihull Active are hosting a ride leader training course this spring, if you are interested in becoming qualified then please book on to the course. Course details are as follows:

Course: Ride Leadership Award – Level 1 – Guided Rides

Date: 11th March 2023

Time: 8.30am – 5.30pm

Cost: FREE

Venue: North Solihull Sports Centre, Conway Road, Fordbridge, B37 5LA.


More about the course – The training is provided by British Cycling and comes with accredited Guided Ride Leader status. The training will be free and funded by Solihull Council for those who intend to deliver local cycling opportunities with their new qualification. With this training you will be able to learn how to safely lead a group of cyclists on various routes, both on road and off road. It is a 1-day course, which includes practical elements.

Visit this website for more information and to sign-up for the one-day course to become a qualified Ride Leader:

If you would like to have a conversation around the training, volunteering, providing local cycling opportunities or support then please contact Kim Dunger, Senior Solihull Active Office on:

Mobile: 07768 545980 or Email:



1. Grantfinder Funding Search – Multiple Funding Opportunities.

The team have access to Grantfinder, a funding database, where there is a wide range of funding opportunities that cover a variety of topics. Each newsletter one of the team will be pulling together a list of funding available.

Please click here to view the different funding opportunities: Cost of Living – Grantfinder.pdf

2. Asda Foundation’s Investing in Spaces and Places Grants Programme

Asda Foundation’s Investing in Spaces and Places Grants Programme Opened 6 February

Asda Foundation is offering large grants of up to £25,000 for local groups across the UK who are working to improve spaces in the heart of their local community. In 2023, there is a total funding pot of £500,000. Grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 are available to cover between 25% and 75% of the total project costs for projects that address at least one of the following categories:

  • Building repair (external or internal) for spaces and places which already exist but are in disrepair and therefore limit the usability, safety or level of expectations for other to use the space.
  • Building development to enhance a space already in use.
  • Outdoor development to develop outside space for the benefit of the community, particularly outdoor spaces which benefit everyone and can be accessed by large groups of people.

Projects need to align with at least one of the Foundation’s aims:

  • Create and/or develop safe and inclusive community spaces for groups to meet and bring people together.
  • Create or improve spaces which can be used by a range groups on a regular basis.
  • Support groups to deliver long-lasting projects focused on long-term community impact.

Groups must be in a position to begin work on their project before the end of 2023. Applications are accepted from local not-for-profit organisations with an income of less than £250,000 and unrestricted reserves below £100,000. This includes registered charities, CICs, companies, unincorporated club or association, small community groups or government entities/public bodies.

Application forms can only be obtained from Asda Community Champions, who are based in local Asda superstores. Groups can use the store locator link on the Foundation website to get in touch with their local store and speak to their Community Champion about their project proposal. Applications cannot be made directly to the Asda Foundation.

Applications will be accepted from 6 February 2023 to 19 March 2023.

For more information please use this link: Foundation Grants | Asda Foundation

My Solihull Map

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