Posts Tagged ‘Podnosh’

We’re not updating this website at the moment

Posted on 25th May 2012 by

Updated 13th November 2012: this website is now being run by Yvonne Wager and Catherine Munyarari. If you would like to contribute to the website, please contact Yvonne or Catherine.

Please note that this website is not currently being updated.

The website started in December 2009 and was run Tracey Thorne, then Neighbourhood Manager for Handsworth, until early 2011. Tracey learnt about blogging and developing the site with us at a social media surgery in Lozells. She did great work on this site (writing 114 posts over 18 months) sharing information, posting local events, asking questions, highlighting community projects and showing what life is really like in the Handsworth neighbourhood.

In April 2011, Multistory added some information as part of the Hands on Handsworth community journalism project.

Do you have lots to say about life, activities, events and issues about Handsworth? Do you want to manage this Birmingham based hyperlocal website?

If you are interested, please contact me (Nick Booth):

Email hello [at] or telephone the Podnosh office on 0121 224 7400.

Blogging in Handsworth

Posted on 4th November 2010 by

Eevry month I meet up with local residents through a resident network that we started about a year ago. The Hands on Handsworth Resident Network gives local resident led groups a chance to get together to talk about the neighbourhood and how we can all work together.

To help raise the profile of these great groups and highlight the work they are doing in the neighbourhood the network decided that they would like some social media surgeries. I applied for some funding for the group from Urban Living which has allowed us to run a number of social media surgeries.

So far we have had three surgeries and are here again today at King Edward’s Grammer School in Handsworth for the last of social media surgeries run by Nick Booth from Podnosh.

Over the last few weeks many of the existing residents groups have come along and had a go at blogging and using social media tools like the Hands on Handsworth Blog. It has been great for some of the residents who have never even turned a computer on so it has been an interesting journey.

So far here are the sites that have been created:

I really wish them luck with these blogs and encourage them to blog as much as they can about Handsworth…the more we all blog about it the more we raise the profile and allow the rest of the world to see the wonderful spirit of people in Handsworth.

Please have a look at their sites and leave a comment in support!

Be Part of the Big Handsworth Conversation

Posted on 11th October 2010 by

This week as part of local democracy week we are inviting as many people as possible to get involved in a Big Handsworth Conversation through blogging and an option to attend two events this week!

I will be blogging all week about Handsworth and the work going on within the neighbourhood and hope that people can get involved. You can get involved in the following ways:

  • by posting a blog here on Hands on Handsworth
  • send an email of a story, event or item you would like posted on the blog to
  • write about Handsworth on another blog or social media site & link to Handsworth on Handsworth e.g.  flickr or you tube
  • attend the Big Blog Conversation on the 14th Oct 7-9pm at Sports Hall, King Edward VI School, Rosehill Rd a social media surgery run by Podnosh and chance to have a go at blogging.

We also have a community journalist workshop on Saturday in Handsworth Library this Saturday 16th October 1-4pm, free food and chance to win a camera. Call Karl on 0121 525 6861 to book a place.

Local Heart Awards

Posted on 18th August 2010 by

Birmingham City Council launched last week this years Local Hearts Awards, nominations are now open deadline 20th Spetmeber. The Local Hearts Awards are part of a wide range of activties an events that will take place as part of local democracy week between the 11th & 22nd October.

I am busy planning a couple of activties and workshops that will take place here in Handsworth. One will be with Nick Booth from Podnosh and will focus on encouarging residents to use social media as a tool to voice their veiws and hav a say in thier neighbourhood. The second will be with Multistory and part of the community journlist project looking at photography and examples of community activisim in Handsworth. More information will be posted here soon!

In the mean time if you know someone that has a big heart and deserves a nomination here are the Local Heart forms

Local Hearts 2010 Poster

Local Hearts Form Nomination Form 2010

Hands on Handsworth Resident Network 10th June@7pm

Posted on 9th June 2010 by

The next Hands on Handsworth Resident Network will be held tomorrow night at 7pm at the community centre, Golden Croft off Grove Lane


  • Welcome
  • Election of chair & term of reference
  • Social Media residents bogging – Nick Booth (Podnosh)
  • Community Journalist Beyond Bricks Project – Frilly
  • Hands on Handsworth Urban Gardening Project update of new project- Donna Carter (Groundwork)
  • Developing resident network – Tippa (Chamberlain Forum) & Tracey
  • Urban Living Grant-Tracey
  • AOB

Please contact me on 07825 282 469 for more information