Our Open Access Support and Information Service is
open to anyone who feels in need of someone to talk
to, who wants to meet other people in a relaxed and
friendly atmosphere, or wants to find out more about
the range of services we can offer.
The service is very informal. You can buy tea, coffee,
crisps, and biscuits; listen to the radio/CDs or watch
television; or just chat and socialise with other people. It
is also a way of finding out about, and using, our other
services which include advocacy, counselling, help with
work and training, our organic horticulture site,
computer training, sports and healthy living, and more
specialist support groups.
In addition to the informal social support a range of
other activities that take place including arts and crafts,
music, and one off courses/events.
You will find a friendly and welcoming atmosphere at
Faulkner Road. The support workers can show you
round on your first visit - just come along when it is
open, you don’t have to make an appointment or be
referred by a social worker or doctor. If you wish, you
can phone beforehand so the workers can look out for
your arrival or arrange to have a look around before
other people arrive. The building itself is a semi-
detached house so the several rooms are a friendly
size, and there is also a conservatory and garden
(where you can smoke – there’s a shelter for wet
You can call in on Mondays, Wednesdays, and
Thursdays between 12noon and 5pm; on Tuesday
evenings from 7pm to 10pm; and on Saturdays and
Sundays from 12noon to 6pm.
There is a women only session held on Friday
afternoons between 12-30pm and 3pm facilitated by
two female volunteers. As well as the opportunity to
socialise in a safe and friendly atmosphere there is the
opportunity to discuss issues that affect women.
Meals are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and
Sundays. The Wednesday “Eat and Meet” is a cooked
meal and on Sunday there is a Sunday dinner - roast,
potatoes, and vegetables. Snack food, such as beans
on toast or sandwiches, and a cooked meal are
available on Saturday lunchtimes. On all meal days
there are vegetarian options.
The art/crafts and music groups are on Thursdays. In
the morning, between 10am and 12-30pm is the art
group. Projects or activities are usually decided by the
group themselves and have included, as well as
drawing and painting, crafts such as mosaics, candle
making, glass painting etc. The group also make props
and decorations for the regular social events held at
In the afternoon between 1pm and 4-30pm there is a
music group. Like the other arts activities you don’t
need to have tried it before, it’s an enjoyable and fun
way to have a go at something you might not have
considered before. A wide variety of styles are played.
On Mondays there is a poetry group from 2pm - 3-
30pm where you can listen to, discuss and write
Solihull Mind 2019
Registered Charity Number 516058
Due to the ongoing crisis we are temporarily
suspending all our face to face services, but will provide
support and information on the telephone and by email.
Up to date information can be found here.