For public and private sector organisations a like it has been at a snail’s pace to make the policy and service changes needed to provide new communities with valuable support.
Over the last decade there has been an unprecedented change in the UK population and the speed, scale, spread and diversity has exceeded anything previously experienced.
Birmingham is already set to be one of Britain’s largest minority-majority city, has seen change in the nature, complexity and distribution of its population as it enters a new age of superdiversity.
But adding to the city’s accolade of being a leader, Birmingham will be host to the first UK institute devoted to research focusing on superdiversity.
Following Birmingham Social Inclusion Process, Giving Hope Changing Lives, it has become clear that the opportunities and challenges associated with Birmingham’s rapidly changing and diverse population have not yet been fully realised.
The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) a University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council partnership will be making its official launch in June 2013 at an invitation only event.
IRiS will bring researchers, policymakers and practitioners together to make organisations more agile and responsive to the challenges and opportunities associated Birmingham’s transformation.
Both Birmingham City Council and IRiS will ensure that research in the city and across the world can answer important questions in relation to the connection of migration, faith, language, ethnicity and culture helping to shape the future of Birmingham and other superdiverse locations while placing IRiS and Birmingham at the forefront of research into superdiversity.
Posted by sandviper1 on 8th May 2013
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Working with Birmingham City Council and the Birmingham Multi-Agency Welfare Reform Committee, the Child Poverty Action Group is hosting a round table discussion to explore the impact of the Welfare Reform programme and Universal Credit on low income families across the Midlands.
The event will take place from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm on Thursday 7th March 2013 in the Banqueting Suite, The Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB.
The programme will include an overview of the plethora of welfare reforms and the timeline for their implementation, as well as an indication of their impacts on low income families, followed by an outline of the approach being taken in Birmingham.
The event will then be opened up to discussion about how the impact of the changes might be managed by local authorities and their partners across the region.
The aim of the event is to both provide the space to look at the cumulative possible impact of these changes as well as exchange ideas about how local authorities can best manage these changes and mitigate their impact on child poverty in their area.
CPAG is hosting four of these events around England, and will provide a write up and toolkit of ideas to all participating local authorities later in 2013.
The event is free and all local authority and partner staff are welcome to attend. Click here to register.
Posted by siouxsiesmith on 20th February 2013
Is your organisation interested in taking occupation of some excellent facilities in Shard End?
Hodge Hill District Office are ready to start the CAT (Community Asset Transfer) process for Moorfield Hall. This small tenant’s hall is located in the heart of Shard End, close to shops and the main bus route which leads to the city centre.
Through consultation this site has been identified as a prime location for facilities for older people.
The hall is currently undergoing refurbishment; once this is completed we would like to transfer this to an organisation who’s primary focus is to work with older people.
If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact Sharon Thompson on 0121 303 9211. Alternatively please download the attached documents:
should you wish to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI), this needs to be done by Monday 3 December 2012 by 12.00pm and submitted via email to Sharon Thompson (Sharon_Thompson@birmingham.gov.uk).
For information on Community Asset Transfers in Birmingham please visit:
Posted by richardbrowne on 20th November 2012