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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 FOR YOU!

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.

Future Leaders Invited to Get on Board

Posted on 23rd September 2013 by

  Get on Board

Get on Board, an accredited programme, which prepares Birmingham’s promising young leaders for the responsibilities of the boardroom, is currently seeking applicants for its 2013 / 14 programme.

Run in partnership between Birmingham Leadership Foundation  (BLF)  the Governance Forum, Get on Board specifically targets young undiscovered talent that is currently under represented in boardrooms and leadership positions. Participants are taught the essentials of corporate governance through mentoring, board observations and visits to high profile city events.

Former course graduates include, Justice Williams MBE, Cosmopolitan magazine’s 2009 Woman of the Year; Anthony McCourt Birmingham Leadership Foundation Chair and former Director of The Cube; and ex Handsworth gang member turned author, Errol Lawson. Since 2011, over 60 successful graduates have been awarded with membership of the Association of Corporate Governance Practioners (ACGP) and are now sitting in the boardrooms of local organisations such as The Drum, Nehemiah Housing and national environmental charity Groundwork.

Karl George, Programme Tutor and Founder of the Governance Forum says:

“It is recognised that too few people who are from inner city communities or work in grass routes organisations could benefit from the undiscovered talent which exists within the city’s young population. Get on Board, along with  the support of BLF, aims to address this gap by supporting young adults who may be lacking in governance expertise but have the passion and potential to succeed in the boardroom.”

Mashkura Begum, Executive Director of Birmingham Leadership Foundation says:

“As a charity Birmingham Leadership Foundation is passionate in ensuring that opportunities, such as Get on Board, are made available to under the radar talent which often goes unnoticed by the City’s mainstream leadership. Get on Board is free of cost to participants and plays a vital role in addressing a lack of diversity commonly found in the boardroom.”

Get on Board begins on 8th October. To find out more simply email info@bleaf.co.uk or visit www.on-board.co.uk Applications must be completed and returned by Monday 30th September.

  

 

Birmingham Settlement Funding Fair

Posted on 7th August 2013 by

Birmingham Settlement is holding a FREE funding fair for ANY groups and organisations interested in gaining some funds to help support their activities. Lunch will be provided for FREE.

The event will take place on: Wednesday 21st August 1.00pm – 3.00pm at Centre for the Aston Family (359-361 Witton Road, Aston, B6 6NS). Plus this is an opportunity to speak to  Birmingham Settlement’s Fundraising and Communications Officers. 

Confirmed funders include:

Sported

Hertiage Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery

Lozell’s, Birchfield and Handsworth Community First

Birmingham and Black Country Community Foundation


Birmingham Settlement Fair

If this is something that your local group or organisation is interested in,  book now, e-mail louise.bunn@bsettlement.org.uk or call 0121 250 0752.

Handsworth Job Fair

Posted on 13th June 2013 by

A Job Fair will take place on Wednesday 19th June from 10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. at the Handsworth Campus (Soho Road) of South and City College, Birmingham. The event has been organised by Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Lozells and East Handsworth Ward with the Department of Work & Pensions (Handsworth Job Centre Plus), East Birmingham  Community Forum and South & City College Birmingham.

This is a great opportunity for local residents as over 20 employers will be in attendance recruiting for over 100 current vacancies.

For further information please contact:

Councillor Waseem Zaffar  Email: waseem.zaffar@birmingham.gov.uk or telephone 0779 016 1889

 

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 leh.birmingham@nwbda.org.uk or telephone 0844 8707982

 

 

Mobile Business School Drives in to Visit Budding Entrepreneurs

Posted on 12th April 2013 by

A business school, in the form of a distinctive double decker bus will be encouraging students to climb aboard, on Monday 15th April, in a bid to inspire budding entrepreneurs.

The NatWest Mobile Business School will be paying a visit to both Holte School in Lozells and South and City College in Handsworth, as part of a project that is being delivered in partnership with local youth organisation, Birmingham Leadership Founadtion (BLF).

A team of NatWest business advisors will be on board to provide consultations, answer queries, discuss career plans and offer advice on business start up ideas. The top deck of the bus will be the hub for a series of interactive business workshops and a range of useful literature will be on hand for visitors to take away.

Mashkura Begum, Executive Director for Birmingham Leadership Foundation, says:

“BLF is delighted to be working alongside NatWest in delivering this important event. Within Birmingham’s inner city communities there is a vast amount of untapped potential and business talent. The intention of this event is to provide important opportunities and crucial support in areas where such expert advice would usually be unavailable. It’s also important to highlight that the mobile business school is not just open to students but also to any local residents who would like to drop by and speak to NatWest’s team of business experts.”

Andrew Harrison Managing Director for Royal Bank of Scotland Group in Midlands and East of England said,

“We are delighted to be able to bring the Mobile Business School to Birmingham’s inner city communities and to work alongside Birmingham Leadership Foundation. The bus provides a unique way of taking the support, advice and expertise that we can provide out to future entrepreneurs. We are committed to delivering a first class level of enterprise education locally and will continue to work with the Birmingham Leadership Foundation and other key strategic partners.”

The NatWest Mobile Business School will be at Holte School on Monday 15th April between 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. followed by South and City Birmingham College, Handsworth Campus on Soho Road from 1.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. For further information contact the BLF Team on tel: (0121) 554 0472 or email: info@bleaf.co.uk

Story by Keira Huber    

 

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

 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.  

 

Vacancy for Birchfield Community Engagement Officer

Posted on 11th December 2012 by

Big Local is a new Lottery Programme that invests in local communites. Birchfield neighbourhood which falls within the Lozells and East Handsworth Ward is to be funded over a ten year period, with the money to be used by local people and organisations to make lasting change in the area. Before the 10 year funding starts local people will need to develop a partnership and an action plan. The Birchfield Big Local steering group would like to appoint an experienced Community Engagement Officer who would help establish the local partnership and identify priorities which would feed into the Big Local Plan.

The post is 20 hours per week (flexible) and fixed term for 6 months starting from January 2013.

The closing date is Thursday 3rd January and interviews will take place on Wednesday 9th January 2013.

For all enquiries relating to this post please contact Raj Rattu on 07515 531 272 or email rajinder@neighbourhoodconsultancy.co.uk

Application form           Person Specification   Job Description

 

 

Consultation on the Black Cat Site Villa Rd

Posted on 28th February 2011 by

In 2009 the buildings that were part of the old Black Cat Cafe were demolished as they had been empty and derelict for sometime. The site is situtaed on Villa Rd, Lozells. Birmingham City Council & Urban LIving have been working together to come up with a set of options that have a potential to bring some new life into this part of the Villa Rd.

Proposed Develop Project – options for the black Cat site can be viewed by click here

Handsworth Pop up Team Room

Posted on 14th February 2011 by

Pop up Tea Rooms have proved to be a success! There have been four pop up tea rooms opened in empty shops across Birmingham,  in Handsworth it was based at the old Harriet Tubman Bookshop on Grove Lane, Handsworth. Great to see empty shops like this open again especially in busy shopping areas such as Handsworth.

There was an interesting write up about the Pop Up Tea Rooms in the January in the Guardians, Society