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Laptops donated to Solihull children in care

Solihull Editorial 10th Mar, 2024   0

CHILDREN and young people in care across Solihull will be able to complete studies and and complete housing applications thanks to a donation of laptops and webcams.

Paragon Bank gave Solihull Council 10 laptops and 10 webcams for children in care and care experienced young people in the borough to help them as they prepare to enter adulthood for example with their studies, job searches or housing applications.

The company, whose headquarters are on Homer Road, was inspired to make the generous offer as part of its commitment to support and its company pledge to help improve social mobility.

The partnership between Paragon and Solihull Council has developed following their attendance at the Council’s first corporate parenting event in November.

Councillor Karen Grinsell, deputy leader of Solihull Council and Corporate Parenting lead, said: “When a child, for whatever reason, can’t safely stay at home, it is up to the local authority to step in and give them the care, support and stability that they deserve. This is called corporate parenting.

“In Solihull we are developing our approach to corporate parenting and can see the huge benefits of drawing on expertise and opportunities that other businesses, organisations and individuals outside the Council can offer. We call this community parenting.

“Paragon is just one of many organisations who have stepped up to support us on this journey and we are thrilled to be working with them. We are truly grateful for this donation, and it will make a huge difference to the lives of some of our most vulnerable children.”

The first community parenting board was held in February where representatives from a wide range of organisations joined together to discuss the next steps of this community parenting journey.

People shared their experiences and explained how they are already supporting children and young people, plus what they can offer in the future. This ranges from offering work experience and apprenticeship/internship opportunities, supporting with interview practice, and providing experience in skilled trades.

Lucy Price, development consultant – early careers lead at Paragon, said: “We have a sustainability strategy and a key part of that involves positively impacting our local communities.

“Here in Solihull, it’s about helping young people who need a little extra support, by providing them with equipment to aid them with things like their studies, job applications or arranging accommodation.

“It’s the first time we’ve been involved with a partnership like this and we’re looking forward to seeing the difference this makes for young people on their journeys towards independence.”


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