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Return of Awards celebrating better lives in Solihull

Published: 19/01/2017

Nominations open today for the third Solihull Together awards. These annual awards recognise individuals and organisations who are working together to make life better for Solihull residents. 

They have been created by a partnership of local health and social care organisations: Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Solihull Council, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Solihull’s primary care providers, the voluntary and community sector and lay members representing the Solihull community.

The focus of this year’s awards is on those people and organisations who provide care and support to adults in Solihull, particularly vulnerable and frail people. 

There are 11 award categories including two new categories this year. The Solihull Together Local Hero award recognises people who are making a difference to adults living in Solihull and are doing this work in an unpaid or voluntary capacity. The second new category, The Solihull Together Inspiring Leader award, recognises individuals who are making change happen, at any level of their organisation.

Dr Patrick Brooke, Accountable Officer for Solihull CCG and Chair of the Solihull Together Programme Board explains: “It’s really exciting to see how these awards have grown since we established them in 2015. Over the last two years the awards have helped to uncover many inspiring stories of people who are working hard to improve the lives of Solihull residents. As we launch the Solihull Together 2017 Awards I’m looking forward to hearing many more stories of outstanding and innovative work across the borough. 

“In particular, this year, we want to hear about people and teams in the public, private and voluntary sectors who are making life better for vulnerable and frail adults in Solihull.” 

Cllr Ken Meeson, Chair of Solihull’s Health and Wellbeing Board, and member of the Awards judging panel, continues: “Please think about who you could nominate. Is there an unsung hero in your local community? Perhaps you, or a family member, have had a great experience of care and support which has made life better or easier. Or maybe you’ve received care from an individual, or team, who has gone the extra mile and provided an amazing service.”

Full details of all the award categories and online nomination forms are available at www.solihulltogether.co.uk 

Posters with these details are also being distributed to locations around the borough including libraries, GP surgeries and care homes.

The closing date for nominations is midday on Monday 27 February.

The Solihull Together 2017 Awards ceremony will take place on Friday 31 March at the Renewal Conference Centre, Solihull.