Have your moment on stage – Dosh Days ‘play in a week’

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From the 17-21st August 2014 Pay Ahead Stay Ahead will be holding a festival of events called ‘Dosh Days’ to explore various issues around money. As part of the festival they would like to recruit a number of young people living in Birmingham aged 16-24 who would like the opportunity to work with Pay Ahead Stay Ahead and the renowned Shontal Theatre for FREE!

Over the course of one week they will work to create, rehearse and perform an original play at the Blue Orange Theatre in Birmingham City Centre. Pay Ahead Stay Ahead want to create a theatre resource led by young people for young people and perform the play as a promotional resource at events and conferences.

Thye are looking for individuals or established groups who are willing to learn new skills, commit to the project for one week and learn in a fun environment. In return they offer the experience to work with theatre professionals and the chance to perform in a theatre to an invited audience of some of Birmingham’s biggest change makers – an excellent addition to any young persons’ CV!

Travel expenses and lunch will be provided, and the participants will be able to invite family and friends to the performance. If you are interested please RSVP by contacting Melissa at Melissa.hurlbutt@ashramha.org.uk or by calling free from landlines on 0800 160 1990 or direct on 0121 764 3809.

 

 

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Progress against the Social Inclusion White Paper – Update to Cabinet

It has now been over 12 months since the Birmingham City Council Cabinet approved the Social Inclusion White Paper .  The White paper was the result of an intense period of engagement, analysis and evidence gathering throughout 2012 led by the Bishop of Birmingham and the Social Inclusion Steering group.

On Monday the Cllr John Cotton – the Cabinet member for Social Cohesion and Equalities  – delivered an update paper to Cabinet to update members on progress in delivering the commitments and recommendations of the  White Paper.

You can view the Cabinet meeting item on Social Inclusion by clicking here.

If you would like to read the papers you can do so below:

Delivering the Social Inclusion White Paper

Delivering the Social Inclusion White Paper – App 1

Delivering the Social Inclusion White Paper – App 2

Delivering the Social Inclusion White Paper – App3 EA

What’s All this Biz about? – Thursday 14th November 2013

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Following the successful Youth Employment Event held at Alcoa on 24th Sept we are now holding a follow up event at the Pump in Shard End to gather the views of local young people and stimulate a discussion between them and local businesses about how easy or difficult it is to get into work.

The event is titled “What’s all this Biz about?” and also has a twitter presence at #allthisbiz.

Some 14 busy business people have kindly made themselves available to attend this event and meet up with the young people from the locality to discuss, listen, learn and share ideas about the working environment and how young people can engage with it and benefit from it.

BSA Machine Tools Ltd have not only sent their Managing Director but have also very kindly allowed two of their apprentices to attend and share their experience of work, and what being on apprenticeship has meant to them.

Yesterday The Independent, Page: 18 announced:- “More than 950,000 under-25’s are now unemployed according to the Institute for Public Policy Research, with youth unemployment in the UK increasing steadily relative to adult unemployment.” So this meeting is very timely.

 

Outcomes

This event was part of the Action Plan put in place to deliver the recommendations of the SIP White Paper. Commitment 1.2 Develop an approach to ‘locales’.  – Locales aim to bring community development and economic development together. It also helps address the proposal to pilot local economic summits in Districts across the city as outlined in the City Council Leader’s Policy Statement 2013.

 

 

Delegates return for the plenary session

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Birmingham Fair Money Campaign – Syndicate session 3 – Not-for-profit lenders working together to protect the vulnerable.

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Delegates will hear from Angela Clements, Chief Executive of CitySave, how well the Birmingham Fair Money campaign is doing in its efforts to remove the money-lenders from the temple that is City of Birmingham.

Full details of this syndicate will be contained in the summit report which will be produced after the event.

Summit Syndicate Sessions

Delegates have fanned out from the impressive Kingston Theatre and are now heading to one of four syndicate sessions where they will have the opportunity to discuss a range of topics:-

Session 1: Business and the community working together to improve local outcomes

This session will outline how local business, Alcoa’s community team works in partnership with local organisations and groups and how its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme is being used to improve the local area.

Session 2: Locally based community organisations working together to address loneliness and isolation in neighbourhoods 

This session will update delegates on the development of a network of “places of welcome” across the city and how they are taking an asset-based approach to providing information, contact and assistance to local residents, particularly those who are new to a neighbourhood or to the city, and building community through the relationships that are built.

 Session 3: Not-for-profit lenders working together to protect the vulnerable

Birmingham Fair Money is an initiative to provide an umbrella brand for the not for profit lenders in Birmingham to jointly challenge the for profit financial services providers, including the high cost lending sector.

Session 4: Working together to support inclusion in a superdiverse city

The session will be lead by the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS)  works to advance and promote the University of Birmingham’s expertise in the emerging field of superdiversity. It is the first institute in the UK and one of the first globally to focus on superdiversity

This session will set out the key issues for inclusion in a superdiverse city, followed by discussion on how to address the opportunities and challenges posed.

These sessions will be written up and produced in the Summit Report after the event.

Conversations

The room is filling up as more and more delegates arrive and conversations spring up….

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even the Bishop is getting down down to an early debate:-

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Preparation is everything – ready for the Social Inclusion Summit – Working together for a fairer Birmingham

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Preparation is everything! Ahead of the Summit the delegate badges are laid out waiting for delegates to arrive with about 30 minutes to go…

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The staff too are eager and well rehearsed and ready to spring into action at the first sign of a delegate!

Summit: Working together and ‘Standing up for Birmingham’ campaign

“Working together” is the key theme of today’s summit being held at Austin Court and the programme will include contributions from successful local collaborative initiatives, including the Birmingham Fair Money Campaign, Alcoa Kitts Green’s community team, the University of Birmingham’s Institute for Research into Superdiversity and locally-based community organisations addressing loneliness and isolation.

Another aim of this Summit is to encourage delegates to get behind the ‘Standing up for Birmingham’ campaign.  

Birmingham City Council leader, Cllr Sir Albert Bore has announced details of a new campaign for Birmingham called ‘Standing up for Birmingham’. The campaign calls for community groups and individuals to play a bigger role in the delivery of services in the light of the Government cuts. Launching the campaign Sir Albert said:

“We must all ‘stand up’ and make our contribution to getting us through this crisis, and the strongest need to do their bit to protect the weakest from the impact of these cuts.

Over the next few years we will need to restate the role of the city council in a new landscape, with far less resources. But that doesn’t mean we give up on our aims, values and priorities for the city.”

I would think that this is something delegates attending the social inclusion process summit, which aims to encourage everyone across the city to work shape the future wellbeing of the people of Birmingham, would fully endorse.

Community Support Network – Birmingham

The Community Support Network is a group of over 40 large and small organisations from the Third Sector and multi-faith groups which was set up in late autumn 2012 in response to the potential plight of our fellow Birmingham citizens who are being affected by the changes brought about by the Welfare Reform Act and its implementation in combination with the aftermath of the recession (high unemployment and the rising cost of living).

The aim of the Network is to formulate a coordinated response to the provision of all forms of crisis support that may be required such as food banks, clothing banks, hardship funds, advice giving or any other crisis support including access to temporary/emergency accommodation.

You can use their search engine here to find your nearest food bank.