Chair of Trustees recruitment

This is a great opportunity to lead a charity which makes a real difference to the lives of people in Solihull & Birmingham. The Covid pandemic has increased the need for our Digital Inclusion services and the role will involve supporting the team to adapt the organisation and existing services to meet the challenges presented by the current situation.

The closing date for applications is April 16th.

Services during Lockdown

We are continuing to offer our remote service for anyone needing help to get a job.  We can help with building basic IT skills, accessing job sites, completing on-line job applications, producing a CV, using email, etc. This service is available from home via a phone call or via computer. For more information or to book an appointment call us on 0121 663 0335.


Reducing isolation in Selly Oak: moving forward in the ‘new normal’

Last year we received funding support from the Selly Oak Neighbourhood Network Scheme to deliver our IT@Home service to those who have difficulty leaving the home helping to improve their digital skills; increasing independence and reducing isolation.

However, the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to socially distance put on hold our face to face service delivered in people’s homes.

Working closely with the NNS team and community groups in Selly Oak, we have now refocused the project to provide Tablet computers and personalised training to improve social inclusion for a group of older people who have been particularly isolated by the pandemic restrictions.  The training will be delivered remotely by phone and video and will enable the participants to join in their old social activities such as going to Church (by Skype), receive newsletters (by email), meet friends from their lunch group (on Facebook).

Warwickshire Freemasons Support ReCOM

We are delighted to announce that ReCOM has been awarded over £10K from the Warwickshire Freemasons. The funds have come through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

ReCOM's Operations Manager receiving the funding cheque from Warwickshire Freemasons

It was lovely to meet Geoff and Andy from the Warwickshire Freemasons who visited ReCOM on the 20th November to present us with our funding certificate. It was an opportunity to chat to them about our charitable activities that the funding would would support and included a visit to our Access IT for Employment service at Acocks Green Library, Birmingham.

To find out more about about how these funds will support ReCOM’s work, please click on this link to the Warwickshire Freemasons’ article:

Solihull Civic Honours Awards

When the ReCOM team saw the Solihull Civic Honours Awards were looking for “unsung hero” nominees we knew exactly who was deserving of such an honour…our Chair, Carol Wood! Much plotting and scheming ensued to gather the thoughts of our staff and volunteers, past and present, to put together the nomination without Carol finding out!

Carol is the epitome of an unsung hero having dedicated over 15 years at the helm of ReCOM. It is Carol’s drive and strong community spirit that has allowed our charity to grow and benefit thousands of Solihull residents. What many people don’t realise is that Carol has done this selflessly; as Chair of the charity she works on an entirely voluntary basis. This year, Carol has decided it’s time to hand over the reins of ReCOM to a new Chair and we could not think of a more fitting recognition of her hard work and dedication than a Solihull Civic Honours Award.

We were so pleased that, much to Carol’s surprise, she was awarded with the highest accolade at the Award ceremony this October, The Mayor’s Award! ReCOM would certainly not be the respected, small but mighty charity it is today without Carol and we are so thankful that she has been honoured in this way.

Congratulations, Carol!

Selly Oak Neighbourhood Network Scheme – An exciting new collaboration!

We’re pleased to announce that ReCOM has received funding support from the Selly Oak Neighbourhood Network Scheme!

Neighbourhood Network Schemes (NNS) have recently been introduced to Birmingham. Their aim is to support older people connect to individuals, groups, organisations, activities, services and places in their neighbourhoods.

In Selly Oak, the NNS knows that digital inclusion is a priority for their communities with many older people feeling daunted and unable to access the benefits of the online world; from social interactions to saving money, and from managing finances to maintaining hobbies. Our IT@Home service aims to bridge this gap for those who have difficulty leaving the home helping to improve their digital skills; increasing independence and decreasing isolation.

To deliver this service to its full potential, we’re on the look out for volunteers who are local to the Selly Oak Neighbourhood Network Scheme area and can give up to 2 hours of time a week to support an older person learn basic IT and online skills. Could this be you?