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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.

Immigration and Diversity Handsworth Market Research

Posted on 7th April 2014 by

So calling any male and female respondents living in the Lozells and East Handsworth area interested in taking part  in a market research focus group. The topic of discussion will be ‘Immigration and Diversity’. The focus group will be taking place at a local venue yet to be confirmed, at the following date and time:

Thursday 10th April, 6.00pm – 7.30pm

The incentive for this research is £40.00

If you would like to be considered for the research please complete the short screener survey by following the link below:

To find out more information contact:



Posted on 28th January 2014 by

InFamous Community Arts are a Midlands based collective. Infamous work with individuals and groups of all ages, using art and encouraging creativity to enhance both individual and collective experiences.


Oaklands Young Peoples Centre in Handsworth is pleased to announce the unveiling of their new mural on Friday 31st January, from 6.00pm.   The unveiling of the mural marks the end of a 14 week project in partnership with Infamous Community Arts, with funding provided by West Midlands Police Building Blocks Fund and from the Handsworth Community Chest.   A group of young people have been spending their Friday evenings designing and producing a 12m x 2.5m mural under the guidance of professional artists from Infamous Community Arts.


Oaklands would like to invite members of the community to attend the unveiling event.

For information please contact Desta Hall – 0121 523 7702


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

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

Posted on 25th September 2013 by




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 


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!


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 😀

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:


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 or call 0121 250 0752.

Your Views Count!

Posted on 31st July 2013 by

You are invited to come along to your local Neighbourhood dialogue event to help develop a strategy that identifies improvements at a neighbourhood level. It is vital that residents and agencies are engaged in the process so please come along and make your views count. The idea is to create a vibrant energy that encourages dialogue and joint action with local residents, businesses, investors and service providers on the needs, opportunities and priorities in each of the city’s neighbourhoods.

For the Handsworth area your nearest dialogue event is to be held on Saturday 3rd August 2013 from 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. in the Community Room at Laurel Road Community Centre, Laurel Road, Handsworth, B21 9PB. If you wish to attend the Handsworth dialogue please confirm by email by Friday 2nd August 2013.

If you are unable to make your local event you can have your say by attending other dialogue events listed below to be held across Birmingham:-

  • Tuesday 6th August 2013 4.00 – 7.30 p.m. @ St Barnabus, Over Green Drive, Birmingham, B37 6EY. Book by Monday 5th August. 
  • Thursday 8th August  2013 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. @ Mere Green Centre, 30A Mere Green Road, Four Oaks, B75 5BT. Book by Wednesday 7th August.
  • Monday 12th August 2013  1.00 – 4.30 p.m. @ Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Road, Quinton, B32. Book by Friday 9th August.
  • Tuesday 13th August 2013 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. @ Sparkbrook Community & Health Centre, Grantham Road, Sparkbrook, B11 1LU. Book by Friday 9th August.
  • Wednesday 14th August 2013 9.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. @ Stirchley Community Centre, 1326 – 1344 Pershore Road, B30 2XS. Book by Monday 12th August. 
  • Thursday 15th August 2013 1.30 – 5.00 p.m. @ Ward End Library, Washwood Heath Road, B8 2HF. Book by Tuesday 13th August.
  • Friday 16th August 2013 1.00 – 4.30 p.m. @ Stechford Cascades, Studio 1, Station Road, Stechford, B33 8QN. Book by Wednesday 14th August.
  • Tuesday 20th August 2013 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. @ The Factory (Young Peoples Event), 5 Devon Way, Longbridge, B31 2TS. Book by Friday 16th August.
  • Thursday 22nd August 2013 12.30 – 3.30 p.m. @ Newtown Community Centre, Newbury Road, Newtown, B19 2SW. Book by Tuesday 20th August.
  • Thursday 29th August 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. @ Hawkesley Community Centre, 51 Edgewood Road, B38 9RN. Book by Tuesday 27th August.

All bookings by email to


Police Community Meeting

Posted on 29th June 2013 by
Come along to the East Handsworth Police Community Meeting, 
at Golden Croft Handsworth, on Saturday July 6th 
2013 at 18:00pm. Bring any concerns or issues you 
would like to raise with your local Police Officers.
This is a great opportunity to offer any suggestions 
to make this community safer! 
So don't forget.