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 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



Disorder on Hunters Road

Posted on 10th December 2012 by

On Sunday 9th December 2012 at 2030hrs police were called to reports of disorder on Hunters Road Lozells, near to the junction with Wretham Road.

Police need YOUR help, so if you saw anything or you know someone who knows something. The only we can STOP these disorders is by reporting them! This is a serious matter, please dont waste any time.


Free Active Citizens Training Course

Posted on 14th November 2012 by

A free training course is available for Neighbourhood Forums and active citizens. The course will cover:

  • Management Committee Skills
  • How to be an effective resident led group
  • Funding opportunities
  • Communication techniques
  • Understanding City Council structures
  • Working with partner agencies
  • Role of elected members
  • How to influence decision making processes

The course will be delivered by the Workers Educational Association in partnership with Midland Heart Housing Association and Neighbourhood Consultancy Ltd.  There are 4 training sessions and you must be available to attend all the sessions to take place on Thursday 22nd November, Thursday 29th November, Thursday 6th December and Thursday 13th December. All sessions will start at 6.30 p.m. and finish by 9.00 p.m. The venue will be at Lozells Methodist Church Centre, 163 Gerrard Street, Lozells, B19 2AH.

To register or for further details please ring Rajinder Rattu on 07515 531 272 or email rajinder@neighbourhoodconsultancy.co.uk

Vehicle Crime Safety

Posted on 2nd November 2012 by

Residents of Handsworth, there has been 5 vehicle offences, mainly vehicles getting broken into due to items left on display, for example electrical items and car cd players.

Please ensure you remove all valuables from display and take off faceplates from your cd players. Hotspot areas include – Whateley Road, Montague Road, Mostyn Road and Holly Road. So please take care and ensure your vehicle is safe!

As you may also know that it is getting very dark quick, here is a small list of things you can do to be more safe:

  •  Leave a light on when your out
  •  Ensure all doors and windows are locked
  • Activate an alarm or Install one
  • Fit motion sensor lights
  • Monitor your children whilst playing outside
  • Ensure when you are walking home that you pay full attention to what is happening all around you


Handsworth Bulky Waste Collection

Posted on 2nd November 2012 by

One of the BIGGEST problem Handsworth faces, is the rubbish and litter in the community. I think if we all play our part by doing even the smallest things  to keep our commnity clean (e.g making use of all the Bins), that will result in a welcoming and pleasent image of our Handsworth.

If you have any damaged or unwanted : Fridges, TV, Radiators, Baths, Gates, Washing Machines, Other Furniture or OR items that are TOO BIG to fit in your black bins!

Call: 0121 450 7824

3 Items are FREE, log on to find out more; about more than 3 items.  Always ensure when you make a collection request, that you specify ALL the items that you WANT collected; because any items that are not listed will not be collected!

On Monday 12th November 2012, the service will change to a Monday – Friday service.

Click, to find out the other waste products that are collected.

Breaking the Silence: Empowerment Day For Women

Posted on 20th October 2012 by

I 100% AGREE that: “Sexual assault and domestic violence are significant issues facing women today in the West Midlands. Violence against women and girls is a worldwide pandemic – approximately one out of every three women worldwide will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Also statistics show that 1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused before they turn 18.”

This sell-out show is a hilarious, empowering and deeply moving play which openly addresses taboo issues such as religion, sexual health, sexual abuse and domestic violence. These subjects are rarely discussed within the community and as a result women often suffer in silence.

For more information about the play please visit www.tonyajoybolton.com .

ICU’s groundbreaking Empowerment Day for Women takes place on Thursday 25th October, 2012 at the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton. Drawing on themes from the play and a wide range of art forms, such as Creative writing, Visual Art and Drama, the day will include a Live performance, workshops and discussion. This event is priced at only £20 and open to women of all backgrounds.

Tonya and her team will provide a safe space to help women develop effective strategies to create positive change and take back control of their lives.   The day will explore issues such as:

  • The relationships we have with ourselves and with others.
  • How culture impacts on sexual and domestic abuse
  • Breaking the cycle of abuse.
  • How to prevent, recognise and react responsibly to the reality of abuse.

So I urge all you women out there to attend this inspirational event, and together let’s overcome this Worldwide panademic.


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.

Police Crime Commissioner Youth Consultation

Posted on 8th October 2012 by


Just a few weeks back, I attended a youth conference for the Police Crime Commissioner. The event was very inspiring with over 100 young people from all diverse youth groups (United Kingdom Youth Parliament, Young Disabled Champions and Voice Is Power). Also in attendance was a great mix of current and ex police officers; some including Sir Bishop Welbley and some Police Crime Commissioner candidates.

All the young people that took part in the debate bought their passion and their voice! Some of the key ideas that young people bought up where:

  • A strong relationship and bond their Police Crime Commissioner needs to have with them and their communities
  • Many want a commissioner with a passion for their job, and a good understanding of community needs
  • A leader that is a true representative of the community and a leader who listens to the people

Coming out from that event, it made me want to vote! I wanted to get involved and choose who will represent me and my community. If you ARE eligible and registered to vote. On November 15th who will you vote to be your Police Crime Commissioner?

Before you cast your vote, if you have any questions for candidates that are running, make sure you attend:

‘The Big Debate: Your Chance To Question Our Future Police and Crime Commissioner’.

When: 18 Oct 2012 – 18:30 to 20:00
Where: Handsworth Community Fire Safety Centre,  41 Rookery Road Handsworth,  Birmingham B21 9QU
Come along, have your say and find out what your Crime Commissioner will do to help you!
 The event is FREE so don’t miss out!


Posted on 4th October 2011 by

A major initiative designed to help restore public confidence in the City Centre, local high streets and to help promote independent retailers and businesses, is to be launched in Birmingham this week (October 3rd).

Devised by Birmingham City Council, the People Make Places campaign will help to promote local shopping areas in the wake of last month’s disturbances. The £310k cost of the campaign will be funded from the Government’s High Street Support Scheme to help cities affected by the recent disturbances.

Central to the Birmingham initiative will be the introduction of a free special card, known as the B Card, which will give Birmingham residents special offers at participating independent businesses during the month of October.

Participating stores will display ‘Backing Birmingham’ signs in their windows, with many businesses already signed up to take part in the scheme.

Cllr, Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Regeneration at Birmingham City Council who is launching the campaign said: “It’s time to take pride in our communities, to make the most of our strengths and acknowledge that it’s Birmingham’s people who make these places special. We hope that this campaign will encourage everyone to enjoy the great things that their community has to offer and, with the B Card initiative, encourage them to support their local independents.”

To support the promotion a series of posters and advertisements featuring local people taking part in the campaign will shortly start appearing on billboards, buses and poster sites as well as newspapers and radio stations throughout the city.

Leaflets promoting individual areas and their businesses will also be distributed across the City. Each leaflet will include a B Card and explain how the card can be used.

B cards are available to any resident of Birmingham, and for those not living in areas receiving the leaflet through their door; cards can be obtained by visiting www.BackingBirmingham.com or by cutting out the card on newspaper advertisements.

You can use your B Card in any outlet displaying a ‘Backing Birmingham’ sticker or poster and there will be a regularly updated list of participating stores at www.BackingBirmingham.com, where you also have the chance to win £100 to spend locally.

Any independent outlet who would like to find out more about the campaign can visit the website or call 0121 472 9009 for their free point of sale kit, while stocks last. There is no charge to take part and retailers / outlets can decide what special offer/s they would like to give to B Card holders.

The campaign is also getting Birmingham’s young people involved, recruiting them to help promote the scheme and spread the word to retailers