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Job vacancies at community museums

Posted on 3rd February 2011 by

There are a number of vacanices at at local community museams inculding Soho House visit the Birmingham city council webiste and enter reference : DC11J

Closing date this Friday the 4th



Urban Living Funding Fair

Posted on 28th January 2011 by

Urban Living our holding a funding fair at Aston Villa Football Ground on Wednesday 2nd February 2011 9.30-4.00. This is a free event deatils on how to book our inculded on the flyer.

See flyer for more details below

Funding Flyer event 2nd Feb

Free NVQ training in customer services in Handsworth

Posted on 10th December 2010 by

Leaflet free NVQ training

The Nishcam Civic Centre are offering free NVQ training in customer service training if you’re interested in taking up this opportunity contact:

Shuminder Mann/Gurjit Bains
6 Soho Road,
B21 9BH
0121 515 4229 or visit

INHABIT open for tea

Posted on 15th November 2010 by

 The INHABIT pop up tea room opened last week in the old Harriet Tubman Bookshop off Grove Lane Handsworth.

It will be there until January they have some regular drop in sessions which are open to the public so drop in for  tea, cake and a chat!

There will also be lots of free art activties coming up pop in and see the team for more information.

I popped in last week and had a lovely cuppa with the team. It is great to see the book shop open would be lovely too see something like this on or near the Soho Rd.

Handsworth highly commended in Homes & Communities Awards 2010

Posted on 24th September 2010 by

Last night I attended the Homes & Communties Awards 2010 in London. Earlier this year Urban Living’s Sense of Place Project was shortlist as a finalist for Leadership of Place category. This project was a partnership between a consortium of partners, local community researchers and Birmingham City Council. The area of focus for the project was Dudley & Soho Rds and used partcipatory arts activties and digital recording to enage with local residents. The aim of the project was to empower local residents to make a difference to improving the local neighbourhoods.

We were delighted on the night to receive a Highly Commended award for the Sense of Place Project, this is great for Soho Ward and handsworth to receive recogition for some of the important work that is going on within these neighbouhoods to bring about improvements.

It was also great too see so many projects from Birmingham, I think that we had more nominations in the finalist stage than any other area.

Aston Hall won Flourishing Places

Balsall Health Forum won Stronger Communties

Urban Living highly recommended Leadership of Place

With the New Oscott Retirement Village & Midland Hearts Raleigh Close (handsworth) work also finalists in two categories.

Nick Corbert & Peter Latchford Urban Living

Adnan Saif, Urban Living, Noha Nasser, Cudos & Tracey Thorne, Birmingham City Council

Supporting the Midland Heart nomination Cllr Paulette Hamilton attend along with Paul Street & Jason Chapman from West Midlands Police. They were delighted that the work at Raleigh Close had been recoginsed by the H&C Awards .

Sense of Place 2: Graduate Placement Digital Academy

Posted on 3rd June 2010 by

Great graudate oppportunity as part of the Sense of Place 2 Project.

Funded by Urban Living, Digital Native Academy, in partnership with Nabeel Hamdi and the Centre for Urban Design Outreach and Skills at Birmingham City University, is delivering a training programme to explore opportunities for the co-production of urban services and programmes for the regeneration and management of place.  Promoting active citizen engagement in the delivery and management of programmes and projects through partnerships between civil society groups, government authorities and private sector enterprises will reduce dependency on public institutions and improve efficiency. 

It will increase the assets of community (social, human resource, financial etc) in ways in which will help build and sustain livelihoods – a key objective to all regeneration programmes.

For full details of this opportunity visit the RegenWM site

Faith Act’s Birmingham one of the Pride in Handsworth Award 2010 Nominees

Posted on 5th May 2010 by

Faith Act’s Birmingham are based at the Nishkam Centre on Soho Rd and have  recently been nominated for an award for the Pride in Handsworth Awards 2010. They have been successful in being selected by the judges as part of the shortlisting for the Living in Faith Award. Faiths Act will attend the evening on the 13th May to find out if they have won.

There are some great stories and photographs on the Tony Blair Faith Foundation blog that Sean & Pritpal from Faiths Act have updated. It highlights the important work they are doing about poverty and the impact that this has on millions of people worldwide. It is great too see that they recently attend the Vaisakhi Mela Festival in Handsworth Park to get this message out in the local community.

Vaisakhi Mela Handsworth Park 2010

Urban Living community cohesion Funding opportunities

Posted on 14th April 2010 by

Urban Living Funding is available to fund project-based community cohesion activity in 2010/11. The programme is mainly aimed at the third sector (community and voluntary organisations) but proposals are welcomed from the two local authorities and other statutory agencies and public bodies where they meet the objectives of the programme. Examples of the partners we hope to work with are the neighbourhood managers in both local authorities. 

The objective of the community cohesion grant is to give mainly local voluntary and community organisations the support to make a difference in their area.

 Third sector groups seeking grant funding up to £10,000 can apply for support from our community cohesion chest. This is administered on our behalf by Birmingham Community Foundation. Please apply via:

 The deadline for applications is 7th May The deadline for applications is 30 April 2010.Third sector and public bodies seeking funding above £10,000 should apply directly to Urban Living. Please apply via:

Child Poverty

Posted on 14th December 2009 by

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