Hunger Hut in Cathedral Square
The Rt Revd David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham, opened a “Hunger Hut” outside Birmingham Cathedral in Colmore Row on Wednesday 5th March 2014 to launch the End Hunger Fast campaign in the city.
End Hunger Fast is a national campaign, focused around the traditional Christian fasting season of Lent, which seeks to petition the Government to put an end to widespread food poverty in the UK.
Bishop David was one of 27 Anglican Bishops who signed a letter calling on Government to address the growing amount of hunger in the country as part of the campaign in February.
The Bishop, who chairs the Birmingham Social Inclusion Process, Giving Hope Changing Lives, has criticized the effect that increasing levels of poverty are having on individuals and families throughout Britain, saying that it is “a scandal” that in the seventh richest nation in the world, more than half a million people have needed to use a food bank in the last year and thousands have been admitted to hospital suffering from malnutrition.
As part of the campaign there will be a National Day of Fasting on Friday 4th April and a vigil in Parliament Square on Wednesday 16th April.
To pledge to join the National Day of Fasting, go to the End Hunger Fast website.
For more information about how to get involved in the campaign in Birmingham, visit the Birmingham Churches Together website.
Posted by siouxsiesmith on 5th March 2014
Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has joined forces with Birmingham CrossCity CCG, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and Birmingham City Council to encourage local people to have their say in future plans for improving mental health services for children and young adults.
As part of the consultation process an event for people from organisations that have an interest in children and young people’s community mental health services is being held on Monday 24th February 2014 from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm in the Legends Lounge at Birmingham City Football Club, St Andrew’s Stadium, Birmingham B9 4RL.
The purpose of the event is to:
- Share details of the children and young adults community mental health services consultation
- Gain feedback on the proposed service – what should be included, what shouldn’t be included
- Share experiences on what does and does not work with the existing services
- Co-design the structure of a further event in March 2014 for service users and identify potential attendees
To book a place at the event click here.
If you support young people and families experiencing mental health or emotional distress and would like a stall at the March event or if you would like to sign up for a promotion pack and pledge your support to encourage young people to get involved in the March event, please call 0121 612 3806.
Posted by siouxsiesmith on 17th February 2014
Community Asset Transfer is the leasehold transfer of city council assets – buildings and/or land – to the community and voluntary sector.
If you would like to find out more about Community Asset Transfer (CAT) and how it works in Birmingham, sign up for the CAT introductory workshop to be held on Tuesday 11th March 2014 from 9.30 am to 12 noon at the Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB.
The session will be facilitated by:
The session is open to everyone including community and voluntary organisations, city council staff and elected members, but pre-booking is essential as there are limited places. Please email email@example.com if you would like to attend.
Posted by siouxsiesmith on 14th February 2014
In July last year the Treasury announced that the UK’s biggest lenders were revealing how much they lent at a local level. After major campaigns by the likes of Community Investment Coalition, the data was finally released in December through a framework agreed by the British Bankers Association, Council of Mortgage Lenders and the treasury. The data provides details at postcode sector level of more than £1tn of lending across Great Britain for residential mortgages, loans to small and medium businesses and unsecured personal loans.
Richard Browne from the Fairbrum team, had a look at the data for Birmingham to see what it said
A blog about what he found can be found on the New Start website: CLICK HERE
Posted by fairbrum on 14th February 2014
#SU4Brum Conversations is a series of meetings facilitated by the city’s non-profit neighbourhood think/do tank, the Chamberlain Forum. It aims to feed good ideas, social innovation and the real-life experience of citizens and communities into the city’s Standing Up For Birmingham Campaign.
On 13 February, 13 March and 10 April they will be meeting from 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm at The Fireside in Birmingham city centre. The aim is to set up further conversations in other parts of the city – so please get in touch with them if you’d like to host.
You can find out more about the Chamberlain Forum and sign up for any of these first three conversations at www.chamberlainforum.org.
You can also book a place at a conversation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a voicemail message on 07795 448 462
Come along on the second Thursday of each month for a chat at The Fireside in town.
Conversation can be about anything related to the theme of ‘working together for the good of our city’ but at February’s meeting the focus will be particularly on Timebanking.
Warm and wholesome refreshments will be provided by Change Kitchen CIC – who manage The Fireside.
Please book a place in advance (so Change Kitchen know how much food to make).
SPECIAL FOCUS: Feb 13 5.30pm at The Fireside – TIMEBANKING
Posted by siouxsiesmith on 11th February 2014
City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. Its goal is to create a network of towns and cities which are proud to be places of safety and welcome for people whose lives are in danger in their own countries.
A “City of Sanctuary” is a place where a broad range of local organisations, community groups, faith communities and individuals are publicly committed to welcoming people seeking sanctuary.
Birmingham City of Sanctuary is a group of people who are working towards the city becoming a City of Sanctuary. They want to hear from organisations who would like to find out how their work with diverse communities could be recognised as part of the City of Sanctuary movement.
Individuals and organisations can join the movement by signing a pledge of support on the Birmingham City of Sanctuary Group website.
If you would like to meet with a member of the group to find out more or if you would like to arrange for a speaker to come and talk to your organisation about the City of Sanctuary movement, please contact the group by email at email@example.com.
Posted by siouxsiesmith on 10th February 2014
Are you a resident looking to set up your own business? Or do want to develop your existing business?
If you live or trade in any of these areas: Aston, Bordesley Green, Hodge Hill, Ladywood, Lozells and East Handsworth, Moseley and Kings Heath, Nechells, Soho, South Yardley, Sparkbrook, Springfield and Washwood Heath – then help could be on hand.
Enterprise Catalyst can support you to develop your business idea, start your own enterprise, or grow your existing business through a dedicated team of business coaches and mentors – as well as support you to access grant finance.
This initiative is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund programme 00405_Smart EC 2ppFlyer_v3_LR (2007 to 2013) and the following support is on offer:
- Workshops and seminars
- Enterprise Generator
- Enterprise Coaching
- Business Development Support
- Access to Business Development Grants (Subject to eligibility)
- Specialist Social Enterprise Support
For more information download this leaflet: 00405_Smart EC 4ppBooklet_v4_LR
To find out more about how to become part of Enterprise Catalyst call 0121 675 7584, text EC to 80800 or visit http://www.enterprise-catalyst.com.
Posted by sandviper1 on 4th February 2014
Currently in Birmingham, children and young adults with mental health issues don’t always get the help they need because services can be fragmented, difficult to access and confusing for people to use.
Image: South Birmingham CCG website
Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Birmingham CrossCity CCG, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and Birmingham City Council are working together to improve community mental health services for children and young adults aged 0 to 25 in the Birmingham area.
A consultation is being held between January and February 2014 to get people’s views on the design of the new service, including:
How you would like the services to be joined up?
What services should be included?
What the services should look and feel like?
All views are welcome, whether you are a patient, carer, provider of services, clinician or a member of the public, and especially if you are a child or young person.
You can take part in the consultation by filling in a survey, joining the conversation on Twitter #0to25yrsMHS or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be open events, details of which can be found on the consultation website.
Posted by siouxsiesmith on 31st January 2014