Posts Tagged ‘Handsworth’

Calling Women in Handsworth – You are Invited to Join “The IN Thing”

Posted on 25th September 2013 by

 

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Women in the Handsworth area are being urged to put a new slant on the saying ‘charity begins at home’ by joining “The IN Thing” this autumn.

Cancer Research UK is launching an exciting fundraising campaign, known as The IN Thing, and is urging women in the area to sign up for their free pary pack as soon as possible. The IN Thing asks women to rally their girlfriends together for a fun night in and to donate the money they would have spent on a  night out to life-saving research.

Think about the different things that you could do like  spending a night in watching your favourite movie, having a clothes swap, singing karaoke, dancing the night away or just having a catch up with the girls!

The In Thing is launching now to give hosts time to register for their free party packs, invite friends and get ready to host your get together to host the gathering in November.

To join in The IN thing and sign up for a party pack visit www.theinthing.org.uk 

 

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

 

 

New Alcohol Restriction Area in Handsworth Wood

Posted on 30th January 2013 by

With the New Year comes new powers to help police reduce problems with street drinking in Birmingham. Large parts of the city are now classed as alcohol – restricted areas (ARAs), meaning that drinking alcohol in public areas could now be classed as a criminal offence. Handsworth Wood is one of the wards covered by the new order. 

A unanimous vote by police and Birmingham City Council’s licensing committee voted in favour of the new powers. Inspector Karen Geddes, responsible for policing across the Perry Barr constituency said : “It will now be an offence for any person to fail to comply with an officer’s request to stop drinking when in Handsworth Wood. This order is in place to ensure Handsworth remains a safe place for people to live and go about their business without being affected by alcohol – fuelled crime and anti-social beahviour. Issues such as people hanging around drinking  in shop doorways or in open areas can cause real upset for communities not to mention having a damaging impact upon businesses.”

If someone, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with the officer’s request they are committing an offence and further action can be taken including issuing a penalty notice for disorder, or arrest and prosecution with a maximum fine of £500.

Councillor Barbara Dring, Chair of Birmingham’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee said: ” Local authorities have the power to deisgnate areas as alcohol – restricted zones to enable the police to take action against those who are, through their drinking, causing a public nuisance or likely to do so.”

Birmingham City Council will be displaying signs to raise awareness of the alcohol restricted areas.

BBC Radio 4 series called Mark Steel’s In Town, Is coming to Handsworth

Posted on 8th October 2012 by

Book your tickets and don’t miss Mark Steel in Handsworth. The award winning BBC Radio 4 show, Mark Steel’s in Town; will discover Handsworth to find out what makes them and their inhabitants distinctive, unique, and hilarious! The event promises to bring laughter and an insightful view into our local area.

Mark will be recording  the show at The Drum in Birmingham on 17th October 2012 starting at 7:15pm. Be part of the audience.

Tickets are FREE, Apply for your tickets now! Don’t miss out!

See you there.

Love Where You Live

Posted on 4th September 2012 by

Together we can make a difference - Madonna, Birmingham

I love the ‘Love Where You Live‘ campaign, “Love Where You Live is a new campaign that aims to inspire, encourage and enable us to make where we live, work and play the kind of place we really want it to be”.

It makes us as local people proud to have such a diverse community. The feeling of being part of a campaign  that looks at promoting ways to keep our community clean is one which we should all do our bit to promote.

Some of the events that have taken place just outside your doorstep, include:

Local community action at its best in Handsworth

Posted on 21st May 2011 by

I attended a community event this morning which I was invited to held in Brunswick Gardens in Handsworth.

Local residents have been working for months with West Midlands Police, Midlands Heart, Groundwork and Birmingham City council to claim back the alleyways that run between Albert Rd and Herbert Rd.

Through neighbourhood management we were able to get some funding to clean up the area and put in new fences and get an alcohol restriction sign up.  

At the end of neighbourhood management local residents led by Sonia Hymen, Marlene Graham and Selwyn Clarke were keen to keep on with their plans to transform this area.

They have been working with Wilkes Green Infants School and Groundwork to create some mosaics which have just been fitted on site this week.

In the next few weeks the iron art panels will be fitted along the metal fence to really help change the feel of the alleyway when you walk through. The designs have been chosen by local people and represent the diversity and culture of Handsworth; Handsworth park, Handsworth carnival, Vaisakhi, cricket & music etc.  

These will be painted once they go up lovely bright colours.

Slowly but surely residents plans to improve this area are beginning to take real shape. Sometimes it is these small things that make a big difference to local people so it was great to see how wonderful the mosaics look. It was also great to see so many kids enjoying the games provided by Groundwork Street games team.

Next steps for the residents is to try and get agreements in place to keep the alleyways clean and  to take over management of the small piece of land adjacent to the alleyway. Good to see the residents supported by the new councillor for Lozells and East Handsworth Waseem Zaffer and Srg Dan Wickenden & PCSO Stacie Muir from West Midlands Police.

Latest edition of the Hands on Handsworth Magazine is out now

Posted on 17th May 2011 by

The latest edition of the hands on Handsworth magazine written by a team of local community journalist is out now

You can down load a copy here

Hands on Handsworth Community Magazine Issue 4

You can also get a copy from Handsworth Library or other outlets accross Handsworth

Election Results – for wards in Handsworth

Posted on 6th May 2011 by

The results of the local elections 2011 are available on the Birmingham City Council Elections website

Lozells & Handsworth – Labour candidate Waseem Zaffer won 71.0% of the vote (elected as new councillor)

Handsworth Wood – Labour candidate Paulette Hamilton won 50.8% of the vote

Soho Ward – Labour candidate Cybil Spence won 72.1% of the vote

Results for the referendum haven’t been declared yet –check here for updates

BRMB Walkathon 2011 through Handsworth this Sunday May 8th

Posted on 6th May 2011 by

This year’s Walkathon is all in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital – and to help rebuild the Emergency Department.

It is this Sunday May the 8th – visit the BRMB website for more details

Part of the route is through Handsworth click here to see the route and how to join