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

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

Street Action Day Success In Handsworth

Last Saturday following concerns raised by local residents and Wilkes Green Residents Association we held a mini street action day. These days are very useful in engaging with local residents to discuss local issues and start to take action.

The photos taken at the start of the day highlight some of the issues that local residents would like changed:

  • Litter
  • Dumped rubbish
  • Street drinking and anti social behaviour

The day was organised by Tracey Thorne, Neighbourhood Manager for Handsworth and supported by West Midlands Police, Fleet & Waste Management and Birmingham Youth Service.

Brendan Duffy from Fleet & Waste Management was able to arrange for his team to come and give the avenue a cleaning blitz. Residents were delighted with how clean it looked after. It was wonderful seeing so many kids and residents getting involved with the litter picking.

West Midlands Police also spent time listening to residents  issues and are committed to helping people feel safer.

A big thank you for all the agencies that came out and made it a success and to local residents for their support

Useful contacts:

Any residents with bulk items should call 0121 303 1112 to arrange free collection.

Residents that are concerned about street drinking should contact Handsworth Wood Neighbourhood Police Team on 0845 113 5000 ext 7812 6555

Street Action Day this Saturday at Mount Pleasant Ave in Handsworth

Saturday 24th April 12-3pm

Free bulbs & plants

 Many residents are concerned about the rubbish in Mount Pleasant and want to see the area nicer. This is a chance for you to come out on Saturday the 24th and help us tidy up Mount Pleasant. Free bulbs and plants will be available for you to grow in your garden.

 Kids can join in and help to!

 There will be a number of different services that will attend the event this will give you a chance to talk about how you would like the area improved (Police, youth service, family support, your local environmental warden and neighbourhood manager.

Street Action Day Mt Pleasant 24th April.doc final


V I P Volunteer Involvement Programme this Friday

Come:Unity Arts are running a breakfast this Friday 23rd 10am until 12pm at BVSC, Digbeth aimed at local residents.

Come:Unity Arts runs an annual calendar of workshops and activities in community settings which offer local residents a place to explore creativity, direct youth in the community to pursue achievable goals and help adults to rediscover their creative spirit.


Urban Living community cohesion Funding opportunities

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 of Courage nominations for Pride in Handsworth Awards wanted

Child of Courage
This award is for a courageous child or young person up to the age of 18. Do you know
of someone who is a shining example, who has overcome adversity, disability or done
something remarkable for someone else?

If you know a young person who deserves this award them please nominate closing date is the 2nd April

Pride of Handsworth Final

Regent Rd alleyways in need of some TLC

On Monday following various issues raised by local resident members of the Handsworth Safe, Clean & Green Group which included Deb Parsons (Environmental Warden), Tracey Thorne (Neighbourhood Manager), Michael Wood (Midland Heart) and two PCSOs from East Handsworth Team went on a walkabout to take a look at some of the sites of Rookery Rd.

We visited two alleyways off Rookery Rd and found a lot of dumped rubbish, overgrown shrubs & weeds as well as evidence of street drinking. These alleyways have not been cleaned for sometime and were desperately in need of a clearance. Some of them back on to shops which is a concern when they are selling food as build of this kind of rubbish and overgrown shrubs will be perfect place for rats.

Clean up of alleyways is the responsibility of local residents Birmingham City Council offer fortnightly green waste collection and FREE bulk waste collection 0121 303 1112.

We really need local residents support to keep areas like this clean if you see someone dumping call 0121 303 1112

To report dangerous trees call 0121 464 8728

We have a team of Future Job Fund Trainees now working in Handsworth who have on this occasion been able to help clean this area up and will removal all the waste. This is fantastic service but please help us to help you use the services above.

Future dumping and littering could lead to enforcement action being taken 

Regent Rd, Handsworth


Make it Happen! Chance to have your say about health services in Handsworth

On Thursday 25th March Birmingham Link are running a workshop at the Nishkam Centre from 6.30.

The workshop with give local people the chance to go along and have your say about local health services? This is a great way to provide some feedback about how you would like health services to improve?

Post your comments here also about views on local health services?

Make it happen! Have your say on health services in Handsworth