Posts Tagged ‘Be Birmingham’

Co-Producing the Big Society 18th & 19th March

Posted on 10th March 2011 by

On Friday 18th March, Be Birmingham will be hosting a summit on the Big Society.  In the afternoon, Resident University will be following up some the questions, issues and themes raised at the summit.  In particular, how residents and public services can coproduce the Big Society together.

Those attending the summit are all welcome to join this event which is organised by Chamberlain Forum.

Join Resident University on Friday Afternoon For:

  • Lord Nat Wei, government advisor for the Big Society, speaking about the part community groups play in making the Big Society, and how government can support them
  • Sessions highlighting what residents are already doing in relations to community organising, Timebanking, Developing Community Hubs and Social Innovation
  • Discussion of the future of N’hood Management in Birmingham

And join Resident University on Saturday for:

  • Ed Mayo, sec-general of Co-operatives UK, and Cllr Rachel Hayward of Lambeth Council looking at the ‘Co-operative Council’ idea developed in Lambeth
  • Sessions looking at the Localism Bill, N’hood Websites, Commissioning Community groups to deliver public services and a study visit to Balsall Heath
  • A discussion on the role of faith communities in neighbourhood renewal and management

Places are FREE to people that live and work in Birmingham

To book a place, please fill in the form below, and we will be in touch with further details as soon as they are confirmed.  Alternatively, you can email us via, or call us on 07795 448 462

Dumped in Handsworth

Posted on 13th November 2010 by


I have had a few complaints recently about Austin Rd and went up to check it out and found to empty areas of land and some car park space where people have just thown in litter and dumped some really quite large items…like the arm chair above.

Birmingham City Council offers free bulk waste collections for up to six items, 3 times a year for each household on 0121 303 1112 or book online through Birmingham City Council webiste.

So you do wonder why people just leave such big items? If you see items like this help us to keep the neighbourhood clean and report on the number as above.

This week Environmental Partnership at Be Birmingham issued the most recent Environmental Survey for Handsworth. The surveys are done to provide an indication of overall street cleanliness and help track progress for areas to reach the city target for litter of 3.50%. Despite all the work locally the survey data continues to show that litter cleanliness in Handsworth is way above the city target throughout 2010-1022 between 25-28%. This is very disappointing!

On the bright side next week we have three community litter picks & planting session planned as part of the local plan to get more people involved in looking after their neighbourhood. These activties will take place on:

Wednesday 17th Nov @ Handsworth Triangle, off Hamstead Rd with Groundwork, Welford School Primary School & Street Champions Team.

Friday 19th Nov @ St John Wall Secondary School, led by Environmental Wardens, Fleet & Waste Management, Groundwork & Street Champions Team.

Saturday 20th @ Community litter pick around Albert Rd led by Sonia Hyman and the Street Champions.

Watch this space for photos!

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

Child Poverty

Posted on 14th December 2009 by

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