Be Healthy

Get in SHAPE this SUMMER with Fit4Fun

Posted on 28th July 2014 by

Fit4Fun  in the coming weeks will be hosting some great, affordable and accessible summer sports camps here in Handsworth; to help you get in shape or keep active! There will be a range of sports, such as: Football, basketball, rugby, dodge ball and many more fun activities including urban street dancing and fitness drills so find something that suits you and come along.

Fit4Fun Dates:

  • Monday 28th July 2014  to Thursday 31st July 2014
  • Monday 4th August 2014 to Thursday 7th August 2014

Fit4Fun Times: 10 am to 3 pm

Prices: £12 per day or £40 for the week (4days)
Venue: South and City college Handsworth Campus sports hall.
(Off soho road, behind the college campus Golds Hill Gardens. B21 9DP
For more information please contact: Joel-07450880018
Have a great summer 😀


Healthy Villages meeeting in Handsworth – July 22nd 2014

Posted on 28th June 2014 by

This from Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinicla Commissioning Group via BVSC…

Sandwell Clinical Commissioning Group (SWB CCG) (buys and monitors) healthcare services on behalf of everyone living in the area.  Every GP in Sandwell and West Birmingham is a member of the CCG.  Your thoughts and experience of local healthcare services are important as they can help us commission only the highest quality care that meets the needs of the population that you serve.

The purpose of this meeting will be to meet with stakeholders within the surrounding areas of Handsworth Wood Medical Practice to create a village life around this practice and how we can work together

The Healthy Villages Team would want to understand some of the concerns within your organisation and the concerns of the population that you serve.  We would want to address some key themes, understand some of the barriers and develop some solutions on a local level with your input.

Are you interested in being part of this exciting project for your population if so, please let me know if you would like to attend this meeting by dropping me a line on or by telephoning me on 0121 612 2829, further details of the event will follow.

The meeting is taking place on Tuesday 22nd July 2014 at (venue TBC), 11.00am-3.00pm.

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 😀

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

Football Taster Sessions

Posted on 24th July 2013 by

Community Fusion in partnership with Birmingham City Council are holding football taster sessions at Laurel Road Community Centre, B21 9PB on:-

  • Wednesday 7th August (Ages 13 – 14)
  • Wednesday 14th August (Ages 15 – 16)
  • Wednesday 21st August (Ages 17 – 18)

Please note the entry fee is £1.00 per session.


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



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

Click to find out more.

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.

Click to find out more.

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

Click to find out more.

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.

Insight Day on Drugs & Alcohol

Posted on 26th November 2010 by

 Last Friday the 19th December we held our first ever Insight Day on Drugs & Alcohol this event focused on issues within the Perry Barr Constituency, this includes four wards Oscott, Perry Barr, Handsworth Wood & Lozells and East Handsworth.

This event was hosted by the Perry Barr Drug & Alcohol Sub Group and was aimed at local services, community organisations and resident led groups. Over the last 12 months we have been working as a group to look at a range of issues in relation to drugs & alcohol. The key aim is to increase opportunities to work together to address the impact that drugs & alcohol has on our neighbourhoods.

I know that in the main area that I work in Handsworth concerns about illicit drug use and particularly street drinking features high on the agenda for local residents. 

We will now take forward information gathered from the day to help inform the action plan for the next 12 months and welcome opportunities to get feedback on this plan from local residents. 

Please post any comments here or email me directly if you wish to comment on any aspect of drug or alcohol use in your neighbourhood?

Some of the agncies that took part in the day have a range of services and information that you can access via their websites:

For more information about Drugs or Alcohol or treatment services visit the Birmingham Drug & Alcohol Action Team website

For information about mental health visit the Birmingham & Solihull Mental Foundation Trust website

SIFA Fireside works alongside those who are socially excluded or disadvantaged, addressing alcohol issues and homelessness and empowering and supporting people to meet their short and long term goals

For help & support with a drug problem contact Phoenix Futures who provide a range of outreach services locally.

For information on whats happening nationally within the drugs field  Drugscope is a leading agency that provides expertise on drugs; informing policy, encoraging informed debate, research etc.

Health researchers wanted for #Handsworth healthy & heritage project

Posted on 12th October 2010 by

There is still room in the health & heritage project for local residents to get involved and join the group who are researching health in Handsworth in the past and present.

People can commit as much or as little. No experience required as the group is well supported with some new and fun ways for people to go out and capture local stories about health. If you’re interested contact Geoff by telephone on 01922 474480 or email

The project group are working towards completion of research by January 2011 with a dissemination and event in February.

Please get in touch if you’re interested. We are interested in gathering stories about places in Handsworth where people may have accessed health services or memories linked to sites on the heritage walk.

Healthy Histories

Posted on 18th July 2010 by

Last month the Healthy Histories Project started in Handsworth. The project is linked to the neighbourhood management plan for the priority neighbourhood and forms part of the Be Healthy theme. Within the priority neighbourhood there are real issues in relation to health and particularly health inequalities.

Through the Healthy Histories project we hope to map out what these health issues are and get a better understanding of what people’s health experience is? We are interested in how health has changed in Handsworth since the 19th Century? What conditions or diseases are still problems? How did new health issues emerge e.g.  obesity?

 We are also interested in how place may or may not impact on health? This is also linked to the range of services people can access locally and other issues such as housing that can have an impact on health.

The Project: a small group of health researchers made up of local residents have been recruited and will lead the research. They have the wonderful chance to develop skills in research, go on free field trips to various venues across Birmingham e.g. Think Tank and then the chance to develop their own art/digital exhibition.

There will also be two community days throughout the summer to help gather more information, engage with a wider group of residents and to raise awareness about local health issues.

More information will be posted here about these events shortly but here are the dates:

We hope to have an exhibition ready in the autumn and will put updates about this on the blog as details are confirmed.

If you’re interested in joining the team of health researchers then contact me, no experience needed. All activities are free.

The project is being funded by Be Birmingham, English Heritage and Urban Living.

The healthy histories walk is being held as part of Heritage Open Days to find out more about them visit English Heritage site