Police keep youngsters safe with youth centre Spring-clean

Posted by Catherine Munyarari on 18th April 2014
Police have pulled the community together using a project to breathe new life into an ageing Handsworth youth club.
Residents, councillors, students and local businesses, joined West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Bob Jones and his deputy Yvonne Mosquito as well as detectives from Gangs Taskforce and the Handsworth Wood neighbourhood team to transform the Oaklands Centre.
Dozens came together this week (Monday 14 April) to redecorate the main areas of the centre and installed play equipment, including a pool table and games.
The centre-revamp ensured a welcoming environment for kids in the community to enjoy and keep them safe.
Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones said: “Yvonne and I were delighted to be present and meet everybody involved in this project.  It is very inspiring to see what can happen when people come together to create something from which everybody will enjoy the benefits.  I am sure this centre will become a place in which young people will enjoy themselves and this will help to strengthen good relationships in the community.”
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito said:  “This project has clearly strengthened the relationships between young and older people in the area and things can only get better as a result of this.”

Summer 2014 Exam Advice

Posted by Catherine Munyarari on 7th April 2014

Well as the month of May slowly looms, for many students across Handsworth this can only mean one thing, EXAMS! As a student currently doing my A-Levels I know exactly how much stress and pressure you are all under. So to help you to cope with the exam stress, below I have put some of my revision tips to help you cope (by the way these are in no particular order):

1. Organisation

By this time you must have all your notes organised, make some revision cards, type up your notes or make some revision sheets. Have a look at all your Mark Schemes and the Syllabus for your units as they tell you exactly what you need to learn. All of this will help you to organise all the necessary information you will need for your exam. Remember the time that you put in now, will pay off!

2. Time

Download an APP or take a calender and highlight the dates of your exams. This will allow you to keep focused on your revision and a countdown of the time remaining will put in prospective the urgency. Make sure every day counts!

3. Study Effective not Long

There is no point spending 10 hours studying your strongest subject or the units you already understand, take breaks and study in short bursts the information that you don’t quite know! This will guarantee that on the day of the exam you are prepared for any question that could possibly come up.

4. Practice

Make Past Papers your best friend! It is important that on looking at these papers you recognise key command words ‘describe’ ‘explain’ ‘evaluate’, do you know what they mean? What topics have come up previously? Practice is vital as you can not except to get the top mark on the day, nothing is guaranteed so ensure you are confident in your subject.

5. Motivation

What is your motivation? Is it that university space? That job? Internship? Whatever your motivation is find it and keep it close because times will get hard, and along the way you will need to stay focused and motivated.

6. Distractions

If you can get rid of things that will cause you distractions, this maybe: social media, music, your phone or family members. Whatever it is minimise your use and stay focused on your revision.

7. Reward

Work hard and enjoy your life, you must find that balance. If you have studied for 1hour take a 30 minute break doing something you enjoy. Join the gym or even go for a walk. Your mental wellbeing is vital so ensure you are healthy and happy.

These are just some of my tips, send them to anyone you know who may fins these useful, if you have anymore tips or you would like to talk to me about any points I have raised email me:


I would love to hear from you :D Keep the revision up and Good Luck!

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today” M.X

So this is your today. Stop making excuses of all the things you did not do yesterday and just do them today!


Handsworth Dispersal Order

Posted by Catherine Munyarari on 7th April 2014

Handsworth dispersal order

Officers from the Handsworth Wood neighborhood policing team have been granted a dispersal order to help tackle anti-social behaviour in Handsworth.

The order covers parts of Handsworth including Rookery Road, Friary Road, College Road as well as Oxhill Road and was granted after officers received complaints from the community.

The section 30 dispersal order will run for six months, with powers coming into place from midnight on Monday 7 April 2014.

Officers will have the power to disperse groups of two or more people from the area if they are suspected of causing anti-social behaviour.

Those found to be repeatedly breaking the order may face further civil interventions.

The policing team will be conducting patrols in the area to ensure that troublemakers are dealt with robustly and that the dispersal order is enforced.

If you are affected by anti-social behavior then you can call your local neighborhood team on 101.

Immigration and Diversity Handsworth Market Research

Posted by Catherine Munyarari on 7th April 2014

So calling any male and female respondents living in the Lozells and East Handsworth area interested in taking part  in a market research focus group. The topic of discussion will be ‘Immigration and Diversity’. The focus group will be taking place at a local venue yet to be confirmed, at the following date and time:

Thursday 10th April, 6.00pm – 7.30pm

The incentive for this research is £40.00

If you would like to be considered for the research please complete the short screener survey by following the link below:


To find out more information contact: matthew@mrfgr.com



Posted by Catherine Munyarari on 12th February 2014


A Masterclass in campaigning, lobbying and social activism

When: Monday 24th February, 6.00pm,

Where: City Year, Kind Edward House, 135A News Street, Birmingham, B2 4QJ

Lessons on how to become a catalyst for change from two of Birmingham’s leading activists, Jess Phillips organiser of the ground breaking One Billion Rising campaign and human rights activist Imandeep Kaur.

For more details email info@bleaf.co.uk

BVSC Local Health Priority

Posted by Catherine Munyarari on 11th February 2014


BVSC will be working in partnership with Birmingham City Council District staff, Birmingham Public Health and the Community Sport and Physical Activity Network (CSPAN) to enable the voluntary sector to access the health priorities that have been outlined in the district plan for 2013 for Perry Barr. The meeting will give the sector the opportunity to find out more information about the local health priorities, the current plans for how these are going to be tackled and draw upon the sectors knowledge and experience to explore ideas that will help to meet local health priorities.

Key Birmingham Public Health and district office staff will be present, offering the opportunity to answer any questions around the health priorities and the wider health agenda.

Monday 3rd March, 6:15pm – 8pm (Networking buffet until 8:30pm)

Alexander Stadium, Walsall Road, Perry Barr, B42 2LR

You can book your place at this event at the following: http://www.bvsc.org/webform/perry-barr-district-public-health-meeting

If you would like more information please contact Louise Bunn at BVSC (louiseb@bvsc.org).

Police blitz streets in day of action

Posted by Catherine Munyarari on 11th February 2014


Birmingham police have led a blitz on hotspots to make locals feel safer.
Officers teamed up with councillors, housing officials and council waste staff to clean up areas of Lozells and East Handsworth’s Leonard Road, Carpenters Road and Wills Street following complaints that graffiti and piles of rubbish were affecting local businesses and bringing the area down.

Over 100 properties were visited as part of the day of action with officers outlining their ongoing work to tackle a seasonal rise in crime and urging homeowners and shopkeepers to play their part by bolstering security and reporting suspicious characters to police.

Sergeant Kin Devi organised the clean-up. She said: “The action day was extremely well received and we listened to what local people felt our policing priorities over the coming weeks should be.

“As part of the day we held a safety session at Lozells Methodist Church for women. Due to its success we plan to hold a similar talk to in the coming weeks.”

Between April and December 2013 1,559 crimes were investigated by officers in the whole of Lozells and East Handsworth compared to 1,515 over the same period the year before. This equates to a rise of 44 offences.

The clean up day took place on Monday 27 January.

For live updates on the work of police in Lozells and East Handsworth @LEH_Police on Twitter.

Photograph (L-R): Midlands Heart housing officerand Sergeant Kin Devi talk to Mrs Tozer who has lived in Handsworth for 50 years


Posted by Catherine Munyarari on 28th January 2014

InFamous Community Arts are a Midlands based collective. Infamous work with individuals and groups of all ages, using art and encouraging creativity to enhance both individual and collective experiences.


Oaklands Young Peoples Centre in Handsworth is pleased to announce the unveiling of their new mural on Friday 31st January, from 6.00pm.   The unveiling of the mural marks the end of a 14 week project in partnership with Infamous Community Arts, with funding provided by West Midlands Police Building Blocks Fund and from the Handsworth Community Chest.   A group of young people have been spending their Friday evenings designing and producing a 12m x 2.5m mural under the guidance of professional artists from Infamous Community Arts.


Oaklands would like to invite members of the community to attend the unveiling event.

For information please contact Desta Hall – 0121 523 7702



Posted by Catherine Munyarari on 18th January 2014

With 2014 well on it’s way there are funding opportunities for voluntary and community groups in Handsworth or in the Perry Barr District. Does your organisation have big plans and no cash? Would you like to run new activities or develop your services?Is your group running on empty, with support needed to continue your good works? Would you like to attend a free training event?

Come along and find out how your group could access cash of £300 to £10k from Awards for All. BVSC will be hosting the training delivered by Matthew Poole, with additional support available to answer your funding related questions, provide advice and signposting.

At: Wednesday 26th February 2014, 1pm – 4pm, Simpson Building, 79 Trinity Road, Aston, B6 6LS

Book  a place at:  http://www.bvsc.org/webform/awards-all-workshop-perry-barr-district

See you there x

BREAKTHROUGH – Awaken your leadership potential.

Posted by Catherine Munyarari on 17th January 2014

The Birmingham Leadership Foundation has a new  BREAKTHROUGH programme set for  2014 for passionate, motivated and business minded young people aged 18+. So if you:

  • Are passionate about helping and empowering others
  • Are eager to meet and learn from the city’s leading industry insiders
  • Have opinions on the future of Birmingham and are not afraid to share them


Breakthrough is about empowering young people who are yet to   realise their leadership potential. We know you can be brilliant, so  BLF is helping you to breakthrough and ultimately make  Birmingham a better place.

The programme focuses on:

• Building confidence, insights and understanding of the world around you

• Leading change and barriers/opportunities to making change happen

• Influencing, communication and leadership skills

• Problem-solving and team-working.

By going behind-the-scenes of Birmingham – one of the UK’s most diverse cities – participants will get the chance to visit a wide range of organisations and quiz leaders about the real-life challenges they face. Not only will you learn about what it takes to run the city, but you will also begin to understand how these skills can make a positive difference in your community and plan your future as a leader in society.

What can I expect?

The programme is made up of 4 core elements:

Leadership & Me -  A short 3 day intense course to awaken, broaden and develop crucial leadership skills.

Power & Influence – Getting outside of the classroom and into the real world.  A series of visits organisations and meetings with senior leaders from the public, private and third sectors.

Giving it a Go - Armed with new skills and understanding, nothing really quite beats action! Over 2 days, participants will be given a Birmingham based challenge to work on in teams and create change in a local community.

Realising My Potential - Personal Development Plan – from the very beginning throughout the course, participants will be encouraged to understand where they are at, plan how to develop skills and map out a future leadership vision, with the support of BLF and our mentor network.

How do I apply?

Fill in our online application form here.

Applications will close on Friday 31st January 2014.

For more information contact the BLF Team on 0121 233 3187 or email breakthrough@bleaf.co.uk and we’ll be in touch to tell you more.