News

Wednesday 24th February 2016

We bade a final farewell to one of our oldest clients today at Danescourt Cemetery.

John Screen resided at Solace (and in the same hostel with the previous providers) for over 8 years.

He was then placed into a residential care home to receive the proper care and support he badly needed. He sadly passed away due to ongoing and historical health issues.

John was well known and loved by all for his humour, charm and charismatic nature.

Rest in Peace John Screen xx

Tuesday 15th December 2015

We recently held our first Christmas Party at The Solace Community. It was a great day with staff, clients, visitors and external agencies; where we held a buffet, games and a raffle draw. See pics below:

Thursday 10th September 2015

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that on Monday 7th September 2015, our dear friend and colleague, Andrew Ridgway, passed way. Andy Ridgway

Andy was 49 and died from a heart attack while travelling home late on Sunday night.

Andy worked in the maintenance team for The Solace Community since the day it opened in August 2014, and was loved by all staff and clients.

He will be sorely missed as not just a colleague, but a very dear friend to many also.

Rest in Peace Andy xxx

Friday 21st August 2015

Here at The Solace Community, we recently celebrated our first birthday and had a BBQ at the service with all the staff and clients. Please see below for a few pictures of the day:

Wednesday 24th June 2015

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Friday 15th April 2015

We are now accepting donations! Please see our donations page for more details.

Please give generously, and help better the life of a homeless individual today!

Monday 13th April 2015

On 13th April 2015, The Solace Community opened the memorial garden at the service.

The garden will serve a purpose for clients to use when they want to spend some time outdoors in pleasant, peaceful surroundings.

A tree was also planted in memory of ex-client Jon Offord, who sadly passed away in December last year. A plaque was placed in his honour, and his family attended to scatter ashes to mark Jon’s wishes and his continued happiness whilst residing at the service.

See pictures from the day below.


  Anti-Loan Shark Initiative

Thursday 21 March 2019

The Charter Anti-Loan Shark Coalition of Wolverhampton

Charter Meeting of Social Organisations in Wolverhampton in order to curtail the abusive financial efforts of loan sharks in further assistance to their clients.

Stephen Taylor and David Wheeler of The Solace Community attended this charter meeting, sponsored by the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) along with partner organisations such as Black Country DWP, City of Wolverhampton Council, Citizens Advice, Diocese of Lichfield, Just Finance Foundation, St Peter’s Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton City Credit Union and Wolverhampton Homes to find out more about this insidious issue and spot illegal money lending in communities. It is now hoped the charter will start a conversation about loan sharks in a bid to reach those who are at risk.

Regarding his experience at the event, Stephen said the following:

“Some of the things we heard on the day were horrendous, in fact I think the worst for me was a female who had her interest rate frozen if she agreed to have sex with the loan shark and let him take photographs while doing so. This was even written into her loan contract. Another elderly person who had taken out an original loan for five hundred pounds ended up paying back eighty thousand pounds, yes, eighty thousand, absolutely horrific! It really beggars belief that in this day and age people are so desperate for money and the lengths they will go to feed and clothe their children, try to pay bills, etc… this is why I’m proud to put our name to it, so if we have any ideas or thoughts that this is happening to any one we support or are involved in we can put a report in and help close these people down.”

Nationally, Illegal Money Lending Teams have secured more than 382 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly 330 years’ worth of custodial sentences. They have written off £74 million worth of illegal debt and helped over 28,000 people. To report loan shark activity, call the 24-hour confidential hotline: 0300 555 2222 or visit stoploansharks.co.uk.