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Age UK Solihull

"Helping older people face the different challenges that growing older brings."

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

Did you know - In 2017/18 our Community Advice Hubs helped over 7,000 older people in Solihull find out about £2.4 million in benefits to which they were entitled, and our Direct Payments I&A Service helped 390 people to manage their personal care budgets and find the right support, with the help of our Home Support Service, over 15,000 hours of support was given to older people to help them continue to live as independently as they would wish and our Postural Stability instruction service supported 112 frequent fallers to attend 20 week classes to improve their stability, again showing it to be one of the most successful falls prevention initiatives in Solihull.

The Vision of Age UK Solihull is of a world where older people flourish and our Mission is to improve the lives of all older people in the borough of Solihull.

"The positive experiences I have gained through volunteering with this charity are endless. Through befriending for over a year, I have gained a relationship with someone of a different generation from me which continues to be a rewarding experience whilst also interacting with other volunteers and being part of many fun events."

“The Lunch Club is very important to me as before I was always stuck inside all of the time with no friends to contact and it was a struggle to meet up with them. Now I have met this wonderful group of people who have become my good friends. I look forward to meeting them every Tuesday and I have been given a chance to really enjoy myself every week. Volunteers and organisers here are lovely and the entertainment really is wonderful.”

Our Services Are

Free Low Cost Subsidised Charged Donation Appreciated

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What We Do

Age UK Solihull has a well established range of services that have been developed over 30 years of experience in meeting the needs of older people in Solihull. These services are constantly under review to ensure that they are fully effective and efficient in their delivery, and consistent with the requirements of our funders, and most of all, meet the needs of local people and their families and carers. (Please click on the green links for further details)

Information and advice

Age UK Solihull offers a free and confidential information and advice service for older people, their families and carers.

Community Advice Hubs

Need information and advice? Come to our Community Advice Hubs based in The Core, Solihull Library or Chelmsley Wood Library. We can help any resident of Solihull (aged 18+) and their carers.

Direct Payments Support Service

Direct Payments are monetary payments made to individuals who request to receive one to meet some or all of their eligible care and support needs. Carers may also be eligible for direct payments. A direct payment is not a benefit and does not affect any benefits that you receive.

Home Support Service

The Home Support Service is a chargeable service for people living in Solihull, who need help to do the jobs they are no longer able to do alone. The Home Support Service costs £18.50 per hour. The minimum level of service you can purchase is one hour and then in half hourly multiples.

Linking People Together

Linking People Together is a specialist befriending service which enables older people to receive social and practical support at home, and also enables isolated people to interact with others either at home or in their local community.

Postural Stability (Falls)

Age UK Solihull has been commissioned by the Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group to provide Postural Stability Exercise Instruction for people aged 65 and over who have had a history of falls in the previous 12 months.

Legal Consultations & Will Writing Service

At Age UK Solihull we believe every older person should have access to good quality legal advice, and the opportunity to have a properly drawn-up Will.  At our office at the Community Advice Hub in Central Solihull, we offer older people a free half hour legal consultation. This is provided by a firm of Solicitors and sessions are held monthly.

Wheelchair Hire Service

Age UK Solihull is now working in partnership with a local mobility company, Capitol Mobility, to provide a wheelchair hire service.The cost will be £15 per week to hire, and from this weekly charge a donation of £5 will be made to Age UK Solihull.

Support for Carers 

Support for carers and those they care for is now offered through the Age UK Solihull Home Support Service.  Services can be purchased on a private basis or, if you and/or the person you care for have received an assessment through the Local Authority the service can also be purchased through a Direct Payment.

Winter Warmth Campaign

Age UK Solihull is commissioned by Solihull Council to deliver the annual Partnership Winter Warmth Campaign. The best way to avoid problems during the winter is to be well prepared. Having your heating serviced, improving your insulation, stocking up with food essentials and ensuring you have your annual flu jab are easy steps to prepare well. Our temperature and information card gives lots of tips and advice on keeping warm throughout winter and is available free from the Winter Warmth Helpline.

Activities & Events

Find out here about our Clubs and Activities with Age UK Solihull.

Lunch Clubs -Age UK Solihull has four regular clubs. Please contact our Linking People Together service to find out about availability for any of these clubs.

We have a Club List that was updated in Feb 2020. See which local clubs and activities there are in the Solihull area and surrounding districts.

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Volunteer

Volunteer with us

Our amazing volunteers help us to do so much in Solihull. Whether you have an hour or a day to spare, we have lots of opportunities for volunteers.

Donate

It costs us £1.6m each year to run our services, and we rely on voluntary income including donations and gifts in Wills to help us continue to do so. Find out about the different ways you can donate here.

Work for Us

Age UK Solihull is a great place to work. Could you bring your skills to our team? See our vacancies here.

Fundraising

Whether it's volunteering at one of our fundraisers, or coming along to an organised activity or event, Age UK Solihull has a range of exciting opportunities to suit everyone. Whatever you decide, the money raised will go towards helping Age UK Solihull to support local older people. All the money raised in Solihull, stays in Solihull.

100 Club

Join our 100 Club for your chance to win cash prizes every month.

Borroclub

Lend out your household items and raise money for Age UK Solihull.

If you are like many other people who have items around the house that you have paid a decent amount for, but have only used a few times, you might want to lend it out to others locally via Borroclub. Borroclub is an online sharing platform enabling local communities to share items that they have in their home, it could be anything from DIY, fashion, leisure to garden equipment. Through this service you can:

  • Make money for yourself or Age UK Solihull from your idle items.
  • Save money by borrowing instead of buying.
  • Connect with your community.
  • Help the environmental through re-use.

If you want your earnings from this service to go to Age UK Solihull then please enter this unique code AGEUKSOL at registration and Borroclub will pay that money straight to Age UK Solihull to help with their services for older people. Start loading you items on Borroclub.

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon that you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price of goods you buy (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to the charitable organisation of your choice each time you shop.Instead of going straight to amazon.co.uk when you shop there, start your shopping at smile.amazon.co.uk . Choose your charity – we are listed as 'Age Concern Solihull' rather than 'Age UK Solihull' (if you accidentally choose a different charity, you can go to 'Your Account' from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to 'Change your Charity'). Once you've chosen us, you just shop as normal and unless you decide to change the charity, it will stay the same each time you log in.

Easy Fundraising

If you shop online there’s now a way you can raise money for Age UK Solihull by shopping at your favourite shops. Easyfundraising helps charities, such as Age UK Solihull to raise money when their supporters shop online. It works in a similar way to nectar, but instead of earning points when you shop, you raise a donation for your cause instead. It's as simple as that! You can shop with over 2,000 well known stores and each will donate up to 15% of what you spend. For example, John Lewis will donate 2.5%, Amazon 2.5%, The Body Shop 10%, some insurance retailers will even donate up to £30 simply for taking out a policy with them! The great thing is there is NO EXTRA COST to you. There is no cost to us either – the service is totally FREE.

Support our Shops

Looking to bag a bargain or declutter your life? You can do both at our charity shops in Solihull. Age UK Solihull has three charity shops.They are great places to find bargain clothes, books, DVDs and accessories.

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Additional Info

2018/19 Annual Review

Please click here to see our 2018/19 Annual Review

Compliments and Complaints

Age UK Solihull aims to provide a consistently high level of service to older people in the Borough of Solihull. The Charity's complaints and compliments policy is designed to protect those that the Charity exists to help; to be responsive to the views of everyone concerned with the welfare of people in later life; to assist in the review and improvement of its services; and also to provide a fair hearing for anyone against whom a complaint is made.

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