Transforming Place: Birmingham’s new approach to neighbourhood working

Sparkbrook Neighbourhood Forum

Sparkbrook Neighbourhood Forum

Transforming Place is Birmingham’s new neighbourhood strategy. It sets out eight key building blocks to help support and develop neighbourhood working across the city:

  • Neighbourhood working to be locally designed and delivered
  • Joined-up  and better coordinated services
  • Building social capital and supporting resident-led activity
  • Bringing communities together
  • Identifying and harnessing neighbourhood assets to benefit local communities
  • Embedding neighbourhood working through city council districts
  • Integrating a neighbourhood focus in city-wide plans and strategies
  • Sharing learning and information across neighbourhoods

This framework has been shaped by the views of residents, community groups and professionals put forward during last year’s summer of dialogue about a new approach to neighbourhoods.

The document sets out how we aim to design and deliver services and engage with citizens to collectively work together to build strong cohesive neighbourhoods against the backdrop of unprecedented funding cuts.

In his foreword to the framework, Cllr John Cotton, cabinet member for social cohesion and equalities, says:

“Facing up to these challenges requires a new approach, one in which the city council works alongside residents, local organisations and service providers – marshalling scarce resources, breaking down silos and making more creative use of the assets and skills we have in our neighbourhoods. That’s how we will ensure that our neighbourhoods become stronger, more resilient places, where people can come together to improve things and have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.”

Make a pledge

The city council wants to work in collaboration with residents, local groups, voluntary, community and faith organisations, the public and private sector to improve opportunities at a local level. This is a new approach in which new kinds of relationships will be forged and new approaches co-designed with others.

If you want to help to transform a neighbourhood, please get in touch. Maybe your group wants to become a Place of Welcome or you would like to volunteer your expertise and time to a local project? Maybe you are already running a local project and want to join our neighbourhood network? Or perhaps you work for an organisation which can provide neighbourhood management support locally?

You can make pledges of support by completing and returning a Make a Pledge form, downloadable here:

Transforming Place pledge form – individuals

Transforming Place pledge form – organisations


Neighbourhood Strategy Dialogue Launched!

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We have launched a summer of  dialogue to help shape a new neighbourhood strategy for Birmingham.  We now want to hear off you…

One of the key commitments of Birmingham’s Social Inclusion White Paper was to:

“‘Empower people to shape their neighbourhood… by developing a neighbourhood strategy for the city, encouraging greater participation and strengthening relationships between different areas’.

Work is well on its way to do this.  Nearly 100 delegates from community groups and the public sector  across Birmingham met at BVSC on 23rd July to launch a summer of dialogue around building a new Neighbourhood Strategy for the city.

A green paper “Transforming Place” –  has been drafted and can be downloaded – HERE

Now we want to hear from you.

There are some key questions in the green paper that we want responses on.

And you can do this by a variety of ways:

Here on our blog:
In writing to:
Jackie Mould/Ifor Jones
Giving Hope Changing Lives
PO Box 16253
B2 2WS

Via Facebook
Via Twitter @fairbrum or use #fairbrum

Telephone the Challenge Unit on 0121 675 3499

Or you can attend one of our local dialogue events taking place across the city

Sat 3rd Aug 13
9.30am – 12.30pm
Perry Barr
Laurel Road Community Sports Centre
Tues 6th Aug 13
4.00pm – 7.30pm
St Barnabas Church Centre
Thurs 8th Aug 13
10.00am – 1.00pm
Mere Green Centre
Mon 12th Aug 13
1.00pm – 4.30 pm
Quinborne Community Centre
Tues 13th  Aug 13
10.00am -1.00pm
Hall Green
Sparkbrook Community & Health Centre
Wed 14th Aug 13
9.00am -12.30pm
Selly Oak
Stirchley Community Centre
Thurs 15th Aug 13
1.30pm – 5.00pm
Hodge Hill
Ward End Library
Fri 16th Aug 13
1.00pm – 4.30pm
Stechford Cascades
Tues 20th Aug 13
11.00am – 1.00pm
The Factory (Young People’s Event)
Thurs 22nd Aug 13
12.00pm – 3.30pm
Newtown Community Centre
Thurs 29th Aug 13
10am – 1.00pm
Hawkesley Community Centre  

Feedback from the local dialogue events will help shape how we work together to make all our neighbourhoods great places to live and work.

Of course don’t forget about our exciting “Place Matters” photography project  where want residents to upload pictures of their local area  to build a collection of images to show what is distinctive about different neighbourhoods across Birmingham and what local people value in their local environment.