The Village of Solihull
You arrive in Solihull in The Village of England. It is a busy urban place. You stand on the pavement, cars whizz by. You see high-rise flats.
Across the street from you there's a playground, but the swings are broken. You look around, not sure what to do next.
A young woman approaches you, followed by a bounding dog. She greets you smiling. This is Daisy-May, with her puppy, Chilli.
Daisy-May is The Village of Solihull Caretaker.
WE'RE IN THE VILLAGE OF SOLIHULL, WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO?
The borough of Solihull, while generally an affluent area, has an increasing wealth gap with some wards facing challenges of prosperity and socio-economic development.
The North of the borough has a concentration of neighbourhoods that rank amongst the most deprived in England.
The health of local residents and obesity rates, leading to longer term health conditions, are an increasing concern for the council.
Deprivation in Solihull is also evident in terms of employment, education and income which is why this project has such a strong focus on hands on experience, training and education opportunities for the primary participants.
In Solihull, the three most deprived neighbourhoods in the borough have the lowest intake of fruit and vegetables compared to the England average, with foodbank use increasing.
Impact to Date
Launched in 2020
Over 47,000 Hygiene items distributed
Helped over 600 local families