I HAVE long thought that with so many people needing all sorts of help in Solihull, and so many people willing to volunteer their skills for the good of others, we should have a kind of dating agency to match them up.
Well such an agency exists. There is an organisation that has the job of co-ordinating the work of all the voluntary agencies in the borough called SUSTAiN. SUSTAiN have launched an initiative called Solihull Together; one of its main aims being to bring together volunteers and those who would appreciate volunteer help.
I’m also delighted to see that the Solihull News is taking part, and will carry a wanted column every week where charities can advertise for the skills and people they need to help people across the borough. SUSTAiN have a half page article in the News over the next six weeks and the wanted column will be in this.
So if you would like to volunteer, whether it’s to redecorate a room, do a bit of gardening or just sit with a loved one while their carer pops out for an hour, you can contact SUSTAiN, either through their website at www.solihull-sustain.org.uk and follow the link through to the Solihull Together page, or call on 0121 711 3148. If you need help, you can also contact SUSTAiN to find out which local groups can help you best.
Local companies are also donating prizes, money, staff time and materials. Helping those on your doorstep is a great way to exercise your corporate social responsibility and enhance your reputation in the local area.
I hope that this service will also link people between the north and south of the borough. We are all neighbours within the Solihull community, and it would be good to work together to ensure everyone in Solihull who needs help will receive it.
National Volunteers Week is coming up, so why not register now to help a neighbour who needs your skills to make their lives brighter and better?
Lorely Burt MP