News and Updates
Solihull Council launches consultation on three new temporary cycle lanes
In a move to encourage more people to embrace active travel, the Council has shared its plans for three proposed temporary cycle lanes and invited residents to share their feedback. Residents can view the plans and find out more information by visiting: https://solihullactivetravel.commonplace.is/ and evaluating the proposals by answering questions and leaving comments. The consultation runs until 22 March.
The three new temporary cycle lanes proposed are:
- Blossomfield Road – Solihull Town Centre
- Knowle High Street – Solihull Town Centre
- Meriden – Millisons Wood
Think Active – Community Conversations
These monthly virtual chats are aimed at groups and organisations that are working closely with members of the community to encourage sport or physical activity. These are open and honest chats that will be facilitated by Think Active. They give you a chance to say what support you need, listen to Guest speakers, network with other groups and keep up-to-date with the latest news.
March’s Conversation is going to be delivered by John Ellery, Founder of Get Grants Ltd, and expert bid writer. The session will focus on different ways of generating income for sports clubs/groups, where to find funding pots in Covid times, and tips and tricks that you need when writing a bid.
To book your place visit https://www.thinkactive.org/community-conversations/
Health and Wellbeing
Spring into Action
Running from 22 March to 12 April Solihull Active have another exciting campaign that we would love you to join in. Here at ‘Solihull Active’ we are dedicating our time to encourage you to get up and move more each day. With the welcome return of milder weather, longer and hopefully brighter days, we plan to use the great outdoors as much as possible.
So we invite you, your family and friends to ‘Spring into Action’ and follow us on facebook. You can walk, run or choose to be more creative in how you move.
Share this with your friends and family and inspire them to move more too. We would love to hear your stories. To help us all, our team will post daily photos of our own stories on facebook @solihullactive1
Mix up your local daily exercise with these ideas from the free GetOutside Challenge Calendar.
NHS Better Health Campaign – Helping people take control of their health and wellbeing
Do something for yourself today by finding the time to move more. Whether it’s a little or a lot, physical activity is great for your body and mind and can give you a boost. For all the tips, tools and special offers visit https://nhs.uk/better-health/get-active/
There is also support for losing weight, helping you to make small, simple changes to what and how much you are eating and drinking which can really help you lose the pounds. Find out more about the free NHS weight loss plan at https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/lose-weight/
There has never been a better time to kick-start your health. Let’s do this!
Para Dance UK in Partnership with LimbPower Launches a series of Virtual Dance Classes
LimbPower is excited to announce a programme of 10 pre-recorded dance videos produced for the charity by Para Dance UK and funded by the Irving Memorial Trust. These ten inclusive dance videos have been divided into three categories – children and young people, families and older people to reflect the demographics of the limb loss and limb different community. We have also developed seated and standing versions to further meet the mobility needs of the community we serve.
Find out more information here.
Marathon Kids March Madness!
Marathon Kids UK is ready to provide you with a challenge you won’t forget. This March they challenge you to get outdoors and walk, run, crawl or hop a total distance of 42 kilometres. Everyone is welcome to take part!
The last few months have been wet, dark and lacking something super fun and motivating. Now as we approach the warmer weather and longer evenings we want to encourage children and their families to get outdoors.
Please follow the link below for more information on the challenge: https://www.marathonkids.co.uk/march-madness-challenge/
Get ready for International Women’s Day
The past 12 months have been anything but normal thanks to coronavirus. Varying degrees of lockdown, social distancing, job losses and childcare responsibilities have had a huge impact on the lives of women – physically, mentally and financially.
International Women’s Day takes place on Monday (8 March) and to celebrate This Girl Can will be running a five-day takeover on social media.
They’ll celebrate some of the women in the This Girl Can community who’ve found the resilience, adaptability and determination to incorporate movement into their lives despite the numerous challenges or setbacks they’ve faced.
Share their posts, get involved in the discussions or highlight stories from women in your own areas who have overcome challenges but been active during the past year on facebook @thisgirlcanuk and Instagram @thisgirlcanuk
Free to use bicycle repair stations
Three new bicycle repair stations have been installed in Solihull, thanks to a successful bid by the Council’s Sustainable Travel Team to the government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund.
The stations are free to use and each includes a stand to put your bike on, a pressure gauge pump and just about every type of tool that you need for repairs.
The repair stations are located at:
More information at – Free to use bicycle repair stations keep cyclists moving
COVID 19 Update
WHAT IS SOLIHULL’S LATEST GUIDANCE ON CORONAVIRUS?
Check out the Solihull.gov.uk website