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SoLO have plenty to smile about

MEMBERS of Solihull Life Opportunities (SoLO) were finally smiling again after a glamorous summer ball at St John’s Hotel.

MEMBERS of Solihull Life Opportunities (SoLO) were finally smiling again after a glamorous summer ball at St John’s Hotel.

The hard-working charity have not had the best of luck recently after thieves stole their brand-new minibus but there was no stopping them enjoy themselves at the event last Friday.

SoLO is this month’s featured charity in the Solihull News as part of the Handmade Burger Co ‘Gives Back’ campaign.

For 12 months the restaurant company is donating 25p from each burger sold in the ‘give back’ range to charity and customers will decide the winner by voting for their favourite charity.

Representatives from Handmade Burger Co attended the summer ball and provided free goody bags for all the members.

Chief executive Janet Down said the red-carpet night was ‘absolutely brilliant’ and thanked them for the gifts.

“This was not a charity night, it was simply for the members,” she said.

“Everyone had a great time and it was nice for some of the members to enjoy such a glamorous evening.”

SoLO enables children, young people and adults with learning disabilities to enjoy social and leisure activities that the rest of us take for granted.

The charity provides specialist leisure projects for those with more specific needs and organises activities that allow people with moderate learning disabilities to have access to mainstream pursuits.

In providing social, leisure and fun activities for individuals with learning disabilities, SoLO provides the parents and carers of those individuals with much needed respite.

There are approximately 4000 individuals in Solihull with learning disabilities ranging from moderate to severe yet Janet knows they can only provide for a proportion of those.

“Our biggest challenge at the moment is funding adult work,” she said.

“We need to deliver because we have waiting lists and only 30 per-cent of the funding we get covers this.

“We would also need more volunteers to support our members. The current volunteers are brilliant and have lots of fun in their roles.”

If you can help please call Janet on 0121 788 3469 or visit:



Cathrina Hulse
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