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Lozells, Birchfield and Handsworth Community Fund

Posted on 13th May 2013 by

The Lozells, Birchfield and Handsworth Community First Matched Fund has been allocated £67,820 to award in small grants between 2011 and 2015. Community First introduces a new approach to funding projects – leveraging time, money and other resources – helping neighbourhoods play a leading role in regenerating their area.

The outcomes that Community First will acieve are:-

  • Communities being able to help themselves and others.
  • Neighbourhood groups that are better able to express their needs and influence decisions made about that community.
  • Neighbourhood groups that are better able to take control of resources needed to make a difference – enhancing confidence, capability and partnership.

Grants of up to £1,500 are available for activities and projects in three priority areas:-

  • Advice Services
  • Young People / NEET
  • Health and well – being 

Key dates:-

  • Round 3 Launch 13th May 2013
  • Deadline for submission 7th June 2013
  • Contingency Panel meeting 17th June 2013
  • Announcements 20th June 2013

For further details email or telephone 0844 8707982



A new Community Choir for Handsworth

Posted on 22nd April 2013 by

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is launching a new community choir in Handsworth. 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 be willing to give it a go.



The Choir is open to all residents of the Handsworth area aged 18 or over. Weekly rehearsals are due to start on Wednesday 24th April from 5.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. in the Red Hall at Rookery School.

The choir’s first performance will be on Friday 12th July, in a pre-concert performance before the CBSO John Williams Blockbusters concert at Symphony Hall, one of the world’s greatest concert halls.   

For more information or if you’re interested in joining the new community choir please contact Katie Gardner, Assistant Manager, Chorus and L&P Community Engagement at email

We Need You!

Posted on 15th April 2013 by

Are you interested in getting involved in your local neighbourhood? Then come along to the Hands on Handsworth resident network, our goal is to make Handsworth cleaner and greener. The meetings provide a good way to find out what is happening in the neighbourhood and meet other active citizens. 

Meetings are held monthly (except August) at Handsworth Community Fire Station, Rookery Road and start at 7.00 p.m. The remaining dates for 2013 are:

  • Wednesday 8th May 2013
  • Wednesday 12th June 2013
  • Wednesday 10th July 2013 (AGM) 2013
  • Wednesday 11th September 2013
  • Wednesday 9th October 2013
  • Wednesday 13th Movember 2013
  • Wednesday 11th December 2013

All residents are welcome. Come along and have your say!

For more information contact Hands on Handsworth Residents Network on:

Selwyn Clarke, Chair 07860546170 


Handsworth School Girl Nominated for Top City Business Award

Posted on 10th April 2013 by

A 16 year old school girl from Handsworth has been announced as a top contender for one of Birmingham’s most prestigious business awards.

Catherine Munyarari, a student from Handsworth Grammar School, and member of local youth organisation, Birmingham Leadership Foundation (BLF), has been announced as just one of three finalists for the Aspiring Talent category of the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) awards. Hosted by professional network Birmingham Future, the awards, now in their 13th year, recognise the rising stars of the city’s business community, and include a special category for 16 to 23 year olds. Previous winners include Anthony McCourt, former director of The Cube and Aktar Islam, Director of Lasan restaurant and eatery. Catherine, who is currently studying for her A Levels, is one of BYPY’s youngest ever nominees, and was informed moments before setting off on a Geography field trip.


 Catherine says,

“I’m ecstatic to have been nominated for a BYPY Award and can not wait for the ceremony in May. I’m really proud of where I come from and want to use this as an opportunity to champion all the talent that exists in my community and put Handsworth on the map. This is one of the most exciting things ever to happen to me.”

Catherine’s recognition arrives on the back of an eventful year for the ambitious teenager. In November she was elected as UK Youth Parliament representative for Ladywood and Perry Barr Constituencies, a role she juggles with her duties as youth representative for the East Handsworth Neighbourhood Forum. She also managed to make her mark on the public speaking circuit with a presenting role at the BLF Charity Gala in October, in front of an audience of 200 business and political leaders including Sir Albert Bore.  


Launch of the Lozells, Birchfield and Handsworth Community Trust Ltd

Posted on 18th February 2013 by

Residents of Lozells and East Handsworth Ward are invited to the launch of the Lozells, Birchfield and Handsworth Community Trust Ltd on Saturday 2nd March 2013 at Lozells Methodist Community Centre, 163 Gerrard Street, Lozells, B19 2AH from 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

This is an exciting time to be living in Lozells and East Handsworth ward so why not come along and find out more about the Community Trust. The key note speaker will be Councillor John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Social Cohesion and Equalities and there will lively discussions taking place in four workshops:

  • Neighbourhood Forums
  • Neighbourhood Advice Services
  • Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET)
  • Neighbourhood Heritage

A free buffet lunch will be provided so if you want to attend you can register online>

For further deatils email


New Heritage Trail in Lozells and East Handsworth Ward

Posted on 13th February 2013 by

Did you know that there is a new Heritage Trail being developed in Lozells and East Handsworth Ward? If you have a keen interest in local history then why not consider signing up to become a tour guide? There is an eight week course starting on the 25th February in partnership with South & City College Birmingham and will be delivered at St Mary’s Convent on Hunters Road in Lozells. For further information contact:

Aftab Rahman on 0121 523 0580 or Mari Micallef on 0121 694 6311 


Disorder on Hunters Road

Posted on 10th December 2012 by

On Sunday 9th December 2012 at 2030hrs police were called to reports of disorder on Hunters Road Lozells, near to the junction with Wretham Road.

Police need YOUR help, so if you saw anything or you know someone who knows something. The only we can STOP these disorders is by reporting them! This is a serious matter, please dont waste any time.


Free Active Citizens Training Course

Posted on 14th November 2012 by

A free training course is available for Neighbourhood Forums and active citizens. The course will cover:

  • Management Committee Skills
  • How to be an effective resident led group
  • Funding opportunities
  • Communication techniques
  • Understanding City Council structures
  • Working with partner agencies
  • Role of elected members
  • How to influence decision making processes

The course will be delivered by the Workers Educational Association in partnership with Midland Heart Housing Association and Neighbourhood Consultancy Ltd.  There are 4 training sessions and you must be available to attend all the sessions to take place on Thursday 22nd November, Thursday 29th November, Thursday 6th December and Thursday 13th December. All sessions will start at 6.30 p.m. and finish by 9.00 p.m. The venue will be at Lozells Methodist Church Centre, 163 Gerrard Street, Lozells, B19 2AH.

To register or for further details please ring Rajinder Rattu on 07515 531 272 or email

October Fun in Handsworth

Posted on 21st October 2012 by

One thing that I love about the holidays, apart from the fact that it is one of the only times I can just relax, is the fact that there is so much going on and so many activities that your young ones can be part of.

Here is  just some of those activities:

1. Black History Photography Project

Working in partnership with the MAC/Vanley Burke for young people to create photographic skills and produce pictures for gallery project.

Where: Oakland Young People Centre, Oaklands Road, Handsworth,Birmingham, B21 0NA

Contact: Russell Green on 0121 523 7702

You can bring or buy your lunch.

Age: 12 – 16 years

Cost: FREE

There is a range of activities that are suitable for children and young people with disabilities.

2. Boulton’s Big Draw

As part of the Big Draw, take part in funky art activities inspired by our new displays.

Where: Soho House Museum, 5 Soho Avenue, Handsworth, Birmingham, B18 5LB

When: 23/10/2012, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Contact: 0121 554 9122

Normal charges to Historic House apply.

3. Spooky Soho

Soho’s spooky cellars are transformed into the Soho Dungeons for Halloween as we explore terrible tales of 18th century crime and punishment.

Where: Soho House Museum, 5 Soho Avenue, Handsworth, Birmingham, B18 5LB

When: 23/10/2012 – 28/10/2012, 12.00pm – 16.00pm

Contact: 0121 554 9122

Free entry for all those in Halloween fancy dress.

Normal charges to Historic House apply.

Family Event

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4. Boulton goes to Bollywood

To celebrate Black History Month, Soho House goes to Bollywood with free activities and workshops. Tours of the House explore intriguing links between the Lunar Society and the anti-slavery campaign in the 18th century.

Where: Soho House Museum, 5 Soho Avenue, Handsworth, Birmingham, B18 5LB

When: 24/10/2012, 12.00pm – 16.00pm

Contact: 0121 554 9122

Normal charges to Historic House apply.

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5. D’vine Chance Kidz Playscheme

Where: D’vine Chance Kidz, Laurel Road, B21 9PB

When: 22/10/2012 – 26/10/2012, 9:00am – 18:00pm

Costs: £55 a week, 9.30am-3.30pm or £68 a week 9am-6pm. Can cater for children with additional needs, please contact to discuss needs.

Contact: 07769575378

6. Grove Community Project Playscheme

Where: Grove Community Project, Arthur Road, B21 9HY

When: 22/10/2012 – 26/10/2012, 8:30am – 17:30pm

Cost: TBC (Please Contact to find out)

Please bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes suitable for fun and messy play. Can cater for children with disabilities, please ring to discuss. Part-time sessionavailable from 10am to 2pm.

Contact: 0121 515 3864

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So if you have youngsters that are bored this Half term, as you can see Handsworth is packed with so much things for them to do! Get the involved.

We’re not updating this website at the moment

Posted on 25th May 2012 by

Updated 13th November 2012: this website is now being run by Yvonne Wager and Catherine Munyarari. If you would like to contribute to the website, please contact Yvonne or Catherine.

Please note that this website is not currently being updated.

The website started in December 2009 and was run Tracey Thorne, then Neighbourhood Manager for Handsworth, until early 2011. Tracey learnt about blogging and developing the site with us at a social media surgery in Lozells. She did great work on this site (writing 114 posts over 18 months) sharing information, posting local events, asking questions, highlighting community projects and showing what life is really like in the Handsworth neighbourhood.

In April 2011, Multistory added some information as part of the Hands on Handsworth community journalism project.

Do you have lots to say about life, activities, events and issues about Handsworth? Do you want to manage this Birmingham based hyperlocal website?

If you are interested, please contact me (Nick Booth):

Email hello [at] or telephone the Podnosh office on 0121 224 7400.