Early success for Locality Working

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The Greenhill Way area of Shirley came to the attention of the Safer Solihull Partnership due to levels of anti-social behaviour and reports of drug dealing. Greenhill Way has again been identified as a priority area within the West Locality.

In Autumn 2018 SMBC’s Neighbourhood Management Team helped the Greenhill Way (Street) Association to secure Active Citizen Funding of £9,250. The Association are using the money to buy home security equipment for the most vulnerable residents and high visibility clothing and litter picking equipment for community use. Plans also include using the day centre on Green Hill Way as a meeting hub where they will also be providing training for the local community, for example in First Aid, Food Hygiene and Mental Health Awareness.

The Neighbourhood team have also received funding from the Community Safety Partnership to replace fencing to help control access to the area.

Community event

Working with Cllr Karen Grinsell (Shirley East Ward Councillor and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health) and the Greenhill Way Association, an information day for residents was held on Saturday 19 January. The aim was to increase the numbers of volunteers, reduce social isolation and encourage residents to engage. Free crime reduction equipment was made available and other equipment demonstrated.

The team are now delivering a makeover of Green Hill Way/Astley Walk garden landscaping to reduce the amount of dark overgrowing vegetation. The plan includes the replacement of some of the shrubs with suitable trees. Residents have been engaged through illustrations of the proposed changes. The team have worked with Community Housing (SCH), Police, Cllrs and Street Association to consult with the residents. Work begins on the area shortly.

SCH has worked alongside throughout and have improved the apartment blocks by painting the outside, improving the landscaping around the high rises and replacing doors. They also propose to demolish derelict outbuildings which detract from the appearance of the area.


The residents of Greenhill Way are becoming more engaged in the custodianship and social cohesion of their area. Friendships are forming and there are more opportunities for social interaction. Residents involved in the Street Association and open day are developing organisational and marketing skills.

Cllr Grinsell said: “The community event showed that just by talking and listening to people and helping with those issues that really matter to them really makes a difference. “

“We now need to tackle some of the bigger issues in the area such as drug use/dealing and physical inactivity but as a group we have lots of other ideas to help the life chances of young residents in this area.

“The event we created could be the template for future events across our three localities.”

For more information about this event please contact Annie Masters, Neighbourhood Services, Solihull Council This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

First Locality Working engagement event

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Fiona Hughes Cllr Rolf Patricia SmithMore than 130 people representing stakeholder organisations including Solihull Community Housing, Solihull Council, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, NHS, residents, local voluntary and community groups, Solihull councillors and parish councils came together for the first Locality Working engagement event on 28 September.

Photo (from left to right): Fiona Hughes, Chief Executive of SCH, Patricia Smith, Vice Chair of the SCH Board and Cllr Alison Rolf, Solihull Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities and Partnerships 


Funding opportunity for community safety projects

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Our Locality Working project has secured funding from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner to support innovative community safety projects in Solihull.  

Grants of up to £400 are available to support grassroots community projects which will help to make our neighbourhoods safer and stronger.  The closing date for applications is 1st March 2019.

Applications should support one or more local priorities:

  • better protecting people from harm
  • bringing offenders to justice and tackling re-offenders
  • supporting stronger communities
  • making our neighbourhoods safer places

  pdf Click here to download the application form. (162 KB)


Board agrees priorities for 2018-19

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The Solihull Together Board has agreed a set of innovative priorities for 2018/19 which recognise the importance of aligning health and care priorities with wider opportunities to improve the lives of Solihull residents through developments associated with inclusive economic growth, transport, housing and sport. There will also be an explicit focus on mental health.

Priorities will be delivered through the Solihull Together programme. Some are existing Solihull Together workstreams while others are new to the programme and still at early stages of development.

  • SupportUHome - existing workstream
  • OPAL Solihull and Solihull Community Gateway (Integrated Decision Hub) - existing workstream
  • Falls - This is a new priority for the Solihull Together programme although the Falls project group has been working together for some time. The workstream aims to develop a pathway and services to identify, risk assess and provide interventions for people over 65 who are at risk of falling, have had a fall or a falls-related injury. There are considerable system-wide benefits to reducing risk and injury from falls. Project manager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Locality Working. This new workstream will develop work already started to facilitate joint working across agencies including Solihull Community Housing, Solihull Council and West Midlands Police, to improve outcomes for people living in Solihull. It will focus on pro-active planning, leadership and problem solving at locality level. For this work, Solihull has been divided into 3 ‘locality’ areas: north, east and west. Project manager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Active Communities. This is a Sport England Local Delivery pilot and a Birmingham and Solihull collaboration. The aim is to reduce physical inactivity by taking a whole system approach. The pilot in north Solihull and east Birmingham will focus on working with communities to develop local opportunities to reduce inactivity and remove barriers to people becoming more active. Project manager: Nick Garnett, Public Health, Solihull Council
  • 0-25s. This new workstream will inform the development of an integrated strategic commissioning plan for children and young people’s services. It will involve schools, Public Health, NHS and social care. It will include a focus on children and young people with autism and the development of the local offer for care leavers in Solihull. Project lead: Sally Hodges, Director of Children’s Services, Solihull Council

Introducing the OPAL Solihull team

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More than 40 health and care professionals attended an awareness day about UHB's new OPAL Solihull service and the work of Solihull Community Services.

Older Person’s Assessment and Liaison (OPAL) is the new name for the Frailty Advice and Support Team (FAST).  The innovative service, based at Solihull Hospital, is now being relaunched and expanded. More staff have been recruited as part of OPAL’s work to offer better care to older people while ensuring only necessary admissions to hospital.

Photo caption: Members of the OPAL team. L-R: Sarah Flynn, Dr Teresa Quigley, Dr Katrina Davies, Julie Gough, Rachael Hannon, Josie Braga, Marie Ashford, Cheryl Mason, Samantha Fawcett and Angela Edward

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