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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.

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WE'RE IN THE VILLAGE OF SOLIHULL, WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO?
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FACTS

Why​

  • 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

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