Solihull Active Newsletter December 2020      Solihull Winter Wellbeing Recovery Fund Fact Sheet & web address FINAL       About the YCA Community      Rona Says Promo Insta

  1. Solihull Winter Wellbeing Recovery Fund

Solihull Council has this week announced a new fund in partnership with the Heart of England Community Foundation to award small grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector groups and organisations during the pandemic. The fund will award small grants of up to £5,000 to support ideas and proposals which will contribute to the community response to COVID-19.

Grants will be awarded to support local activity and services which focus on one or more of the following: food or fuel poverty, social isolation, physical or mental health, digital inclusion, supporting self-isolation and finally, organisational resilience and sustainability. To find out more about the fund or apply go to if you would like support with your application or have any questions please contact SMBC’s Community Development Team Tel: 07467 015 061 or Solihull CAVA Tel: 0121 312 3717.

Please see attachment 1 for further information.

  1. Flu vaccine now available to anyone aged 50-64

Everyone aged 50 and over is now able to get a free NHS flu vaccine at their GP or pharmacy. This is because the national flu vaccination programme has been extended this year to include everyone aged 50-64. Please encourage eligible people to take up this offer.

Other people eligible for an NHS flu vaccination include people with long-term health conditions, carers, pregnant women and those who live with someone who’s at high risk of coronavirus.

Being vaccinated with this year’s flu jab is one of the most effective ways that we can protect ourselves and our loved ones against catching flu, as well as reducing pressure on the NHS this winter.

Public Health England has revealed that people who became infected with both COVID-19 and flu at the same time were twice as likely to die, which makes it essential to take advantage of the flu vaccine in light of the epidemic.

For more information please see website:

  1. 24/7 mental health support in Solihull and Birmingham

A 24/7 telephone helpline is available for people living and working in Solihull and Birmingham who are experiencing mental health difficulties such as stress, sadness, disrupted sleep and anxiety.

The support line offers confidential emotional help, guidance and reassurance to people of all ages and backgrounds, including key workers, who may be finding the current situation we are living with overwhelming.

To access the service, simply call 0121 262 3555, any day, or time.

For more information see website:

  1. Bosworth Community Centre – YouTube yoga and healthy eating

As mentioned in previous weekly updates, Bosworth Community Centre have been creating videos around yoga, meditation and art for the community to access in their own time. Please see below YouTube links to their latest videos around Self Love Yoga, and a Healthy Budget Meal. If you have any questions or would like to receive new video sessions direct, then please contact Punam: – Self Love Yoga – Healthy Budget Meal

  1. Laughter Yoga Zoom sessions

Running twice weekly Laughter Yoga sessions on zoom since Lockdown started has meant my regular Laughter Club members have been able to keep in contact with each other and boost their mood through laughter. The sessions have also welcomed people from the wider local community … and beyond, helping to make the sessions even more joyful.

Here are the links for the forthcoming 30-minute sessions during December:

Tuesdays from 5.00 pm on 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 December

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 815 4739 3445

Passcode: Contact Maggie for passcode

Thursdays from 5.00 pm on 3, 10 and 17 December (Not Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 505 614 703

Passcode: Contact Maggie for passcode

These sessions are free of charge, but any donations between £3 and £5 are appreciated: .

For further details please contact:

  1. Covid 19 social media awareness for young people -Urban Heard

A group of local young people connected to Urban Heard have created and continue to manage 2 social media accounts in order to spread awareness of Covid-19 and to communicate key facts directly from Solihull MBC. Urban Heard recently conducted a consultation with over 200 local young people and they agreed on the names and brands that have been chosen, as well as wanting the content to be: facts about covid and tips on mental health.

If you have anything you wish for them to promote, that is relevant for young people, through these accounts then please send them to Charly on or tag them on your posts and she would be more than happy to share them.

The handle for the 18 – 30s campaign is: @covidcurrent and can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linked in. The handle for the under 18s campaign is: @rona.says and can be found on Instagram and Snapchat.

Please see attachment 2 – 3 containing graphics to look out for on social media, and to share with young people to create awareness.

  1. Young Combined Authority Community

The West Midlands Combined Authority has recently launched their ‘Young Combined Authority (YCA) Community’, which is all about widening their engagement with young people in the region.

If you are aged 16 to 25 years and live in the West Midlands, then join the Young Combined Authority (YCA) Community to have your say on key policies and issues for the region.

About the YCA Community:

  • What and why… This is a wider engagement panel which is being set up to complement their existing YCA Board, by enabling a much wider group of young people to have their say on regional policy via online surveys and, potentially, online discussions/ focus groups
  • Who is it for… Anyone aged 16 – 25 years living in the region is welcome to join, and they really hope that this ‘community’ will be inclusive of local youth council/ organisation members while also reaching those not affiliated to any youth groups.
  • Key links… Please find further information document attached and here, and the application link via

They would really welcome any support in spreading the message (you could share tweets from @wmyoungboard or their partner Beatfreeks, who are running the campaign).

They would also be keen to hear any ideas on how they can evolve this to help strengthen the link between local youth groups and regional policy.

Please see attachment 4 for further information.

Please contact Lucy with any enquiries or suggestions: 07917 473881, Email:, Website:

  1. Covid test sites update webpage

The following webpage has gone live to provide information around Covid test sites in Solihull. Moving forward it will be updated with opening hours and how to book an appointment where required – Please note that the Monkspath Mobile Testing Unit will have different opening hours from next Monday (07/12) due to the change in daylight hours.

  1. Solihull Active Newsletter

Solihull Active release a newsletter for updates around community and sport activities. Please see attachment 5 for the most recent newsletter. For more information on Solihull Active, and to subscribe to this newsletter please visit

  1. Walk-through COVID test site now open at Roundmead Day Centre

Solihull Council has opened a walk-through COVID test site to serve the north of the borough and this follows the pilot drop and collect testing service in the Chelmsley Wood area.

The walk-through test site opened Thursday 3 December and is located at the Roundmead Day Centre (postcode B37 5BU) to the right of Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre, until the end of December. If the infection rates remain high, the test site will remain in place for longer.

As with the drop and collect service Roundmead is for those with and without symptoms.  Those with booked appointments will be able to take a test on site, in privacy.

Tests must be booked by calling 0121 704 6918. No one should turn up without a booking.

The site will initially open from 10-12pm (Monday-Friday). These hours may be extended if there is an increase in demand. Any update(s) to the service, including opening hours, will be updated via the Council social media channels.

Further information can be can be found here:

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