Solihull Mayor names three charities to support - The Solihull Observer

Solihull Mayor names three charities to support

Solihull Editorial 7th Jul, 2024   0

THE MAYOR of Solihull, Councillor Shahin Ashraf has chosen three charities to support during her mayoral term.

She will support Marie Curie, OASIS Mental Health Support (formerly Solihull Mind) and Social Life Opportunities (SoLO) and described all three as “fantastic organisations are very close to my heart.”.

The Mayor has attended events at the Marie Curie Hospice Garden, OASIS’s horticultural project site in Knowle, and SoLO’s south Solihull location to announce her support and meet staff, volunteers and service users.

Marie Curie provides care and support for anyone with an illness they are likely to die from and their loved ones.

The Mayor said: “Supporting Marie Curie as a charity matters to me because my father suffered from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and required palliative care.

“The experience was devastating, highlighting the critical need for Marie Curie’s wonderful staff and volunteers who provide compassionate and professional support during such challenging times.

“Their work is a beacon of hope in the fight against cancer, and supporting them means contributing to a cause that brings comfort, dignity, and support to countless families in their time of need.”

OASIS aims to improve the quality, quantity, and accessibility of services for people with emotional distress, providing advice and support for those experiencing mental health problems.

Coun Ashraf said: “OASIS makes a bold statement that our community will not stand by and allow mental health challenges to be a source of shame or isolation.

“Instead, we will provide the warmth and support needed to help every individual flourish.

“We will offer a beacon of hope, much like an oasis in the desert, to those who are struggling, letting them know they are not alone and that help is available.”

SoLO supports children, young people and adults with learning disabilities in Solihull, creating a comfortable and safe environment for individuals with disabilities to be stretched, challenged, and take risks in order to realise their full potential.

Coun Ashraf said: “I have chosen SoLO because my journey with individuals with disabilities began long before my tenure as Mayor. Working closely with these remarkable individuals has taught me invaluable lessons in resilience, empathy, and the true meaning of community.

“I have seen the challenges they face and the triumphs they achieve, often against great odds. As a leader, it is my duty to advocate for those who may not always have a voice in our society. SoLO embodies the values I hold dear and the vision I have for our community – one where inclusivity, support, and empowerment are at the forefront.”


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