The friendly yellow brick walls of the main Auditorium of the CBSO Centre are more used to the dulcet tones of orchestral rehearsals. Today they are, once more, playing host to the cacophony of excited voices discussing the outcomes of the Social Inclusion Green Paper.
Friendly disagreements are taking place as people share views and opinions and different ways to do things.
A man I just spoke to expressed shock and anger that the situation in Birmingham had got so bad. “We are all to blame but how can we find creative ways to solve this?” He asks somewhat exasperated.
People are wandering round the open rooms examining the display boards which show the commitments and recommendations from the Green Paper along with some of the initial research and findings about the level of need and deprivation across the City.
The Bishop is here engaging in enthusiastic discussion stimulating fresh thinking on the topic and hopefully managing to get commitments from people to help change the status quo.