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Posted on 18th January 2014 by

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:

See you there x

BREAKTHROUGH – Awaken your leadership potential.

Posted on 17th January 2014 by

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 and we’ll be in touch to tell you more.

2014 IS HERE

Posted on 17th January 2014 by


Welcome back wonderful residents of Handsworth. I hope you had a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year with your friends and families. I don’t know about you, but I think for both Handsworth and the Birmingham City, 2013 was a great year. Who can forget the new opening of the Birmingham Library- the largest regional library in Europe, or the exciting festivals and events that we as a city and community we hosted. Whether you are going to University, quitting smoking, getting in shape or if you are doing something different this year – just make 2014 count! Live life, prosper and make the most of the opportunities that will arise.

What things are you looking forward to the most in 2014? Write and send them to me, the best I will post up throughout the year 😀


Posted on 28th October 2013 by

As a African Black female,  I always look forward to Black History Month because across the city there are always events hosted to help educate us all on our roots, where we come from and to really appreciate the many great men and women who in History have fought for us. One of the very last events of this month that I am looking forward to attend in Handsworth, is the “Now I know where I am coming from, I know where I am going” the fee is only £1. I hope to see you wonderful people there, the details are below:

Black History Month

BLF Indian Enterprise Adventure 2014

Posted on 24th October 2013 by

In early 2014 BLF will be launching an Indian Enterprise Adventure, for young people, aged 18 to 26, with a passion for enterprise.

If you, or someone you know, are interested, please read on and spread the word!

 This is an opportunity to visit, with all expenses paid, one of the world’s fastest growing economies, and participate in a unique learning experience.  

 If you’re business minded and eager to make a positive difference, then this is for you. 

  •   January 2014 –BLF Bootcamps facilitated by leading enterprise specialists
  •      February 2014 – The Indian adventure begins! Up to 10 days on location, visiting local organisations & applying UK learning.
  •        March 2014 – Debrief and personal support plan.

To register your interest, simply complete our online registration form by Friday 25th October.

Trick or Treat – no thanks

Posted on 24th October 2013 by

HALLOWEEN is nearly here and West Midlands Police is asking the region’s youngsters to think about their actions and show consideration for the vulnerable and elderly.

Police are providing elderly and vulnerable residents with ‘no trick or treat cards’ which respectfully request that trick or treaters do not knock at your door during Halloween.

The luminous cards can be displayed on front windows and doors, to advise trick or treaters that they are not welcome to knock the door. Layout 1

Officers are also speaking with young people at schools across the region to remind them that while Halloween is a time to have fun with their friends, there is also a more serious message.

Some residents, particularly the elderly, may feel intimidated by young people knocking on their door at night or playing tricks when it is dark and they are home alone.

Handsworth Community Choir

Posted on 16th October 2013 by


The CBSO has launched a new community choir in Handsworth.

As well as encouraging residents to enjoy singing, a choir can bring members of the local community together and provides a chance to get to know each other in a relaxed environment.

Would you like to join the CBSO Handsworth Community Choir?
Apply now!
For more infomation or if you’re interested in joining CBSO Handsworth Community Choir please fill out the form or contact or 07967 558 701.

You don’t need any prior singing experience, you don’t need to be able to read music, and you certainly don’t need to have the world’s greatest voice! There are no auditions. Everyone can sing: you just need enthusiasm – and to be willing to give it a go.

The choir is open all residents of the Handsworth area aged 18 or over.

Weekly rehearsals are from 5.30pm – 7pm in the Red Hall at Rookery School.

View the current schedule

Handsworth Community Choir

Posted on 22nd September 2013 by


This is really an opportunity to meet other people in your community and have great fun making singing. If you’ve yet to come to one of the rehearsals, come along every Wednesday between 5.30-7pm at Rookery School, Rookery Road,Handsworth, Birmingham B21 9PY. The 25th September will be the next rehearsal.

From November the Handsworth Community Choir group will start working towards Christmas concerts. On Wednesday 18th December 2013, there will be a Christmas Community Concert at the school, and on Tuesday 22nd December, the choir may be peforming at Symphony Hall again!

Check out the choir’s schedule online by clicking the
following link :

If you find this exciting, come along!

HolyHead New Sixth Form Block opening

Posted on 22nd September 2013 by

Holyhead School in Handsworth, celebrated in style as the 11-19 Academy formally opened its brand new sixth form block.

Holyhead Sixth Form Opening

The official ceremony was performed by Birmingham city councillor Sybil Spence, a long-time supporter of the school, who cut the ribbon at the Milestone Lane site.

The new sixth form block cost around £1.5 million and was completed in July, having taken six months to build. The opening ceremony was held in the company of distinguished guests, governors, staff, parents and students.They were entertained by dancers and the school’s jazz band, which achieved fame after being invited to play at the Johan Sebastian Bach Musikschule in Vienna, Austria, in April.

The assembled visitors then listened to speeches from former Holyhead students, all of whom sang the praises of the school and the opportunities it had given them to thrive post-16.Holyhead principal Martin Bayliss said: “We began to deliver post-16 education onsite in 2008 with just 13 pioneering students.
This year sees around 200 sixth formers on roll. No wonder the school is a popular choice for 16-year-olds!”He added: “This year’s A level results were outstanding with 100 per cent pass rate. Students applying to university from the school all gained places, with many about to attend Russell Group establishments – the top universities in the UK.”The Sixth Form Open Evening for students wishing to join in September 2014 will take place in the new block on Thursday 17 October from 6pm. The new Sixth Form prospectus is now available at .


Posted on 11th September 2013 by

“Young  people in our city, hold the keys to Birmingham’s future!”  As a young Handsworth resident, I work alongside 8 other passionate young people, as a member of the United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP) representing Ladywood and Perry Barr.  Youth members of the UKYP in Birmingham represent young people from a range of different backgrounds but together we make one team and work to improve our city. We are a small team of young people but we all share the same visions and goals, which is to make our communties better for all the future leaders of our city – young people.

Bimringham UKYP

The UKYP is the largest democatic youth led organisation run by young people for young people! Just last year we had over 250,000 young people take part in the largest youth ballot votes in the UKYP Make Your Mark Ballot papers, these are very important as they decide the caimpaign that is debated by young people in the House of Commons on the 15th of November – this has now been launched.

Five topics form a shortlist of 15 will be debated by elected MYPs in the chamber, chaired by The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons.

UKYP will again be working in partnership with Parliament Week and BBC 3’s Free Speech programme to promote the topics to schools and the public.

This is the 2012 UKYP debate in the House of Commons, watch and really understand the magnitude of our work.

To show you just how powerful the voice of youth is, just listen to a passionate UKYP member on the 2012 House of Commons debate.

In order for me to help represent young people, I need to reach out to as many young people in OUR area. But I can not do it alone, so I am asking  for your support! The deadline is October 12th 2013. If you feel inspired to get in touch 😀