Posts Tagged ‘Urban Living’

New Handsworth Heritage Trail Launched Today

Posted on 11th March 2011 by

Today its the offical launch of the new Handsworth Heritage Trail leaflet at Soho House. Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Cllr Hussain and Adnan Saif from Urban Living our kindly attending to help launch the trail. We are delighted that a number of people involved in the project are attending as well as some of the people from some of the featured sites.

We hope to get people out to have a taster of the walk. Shame that the lovely sun which was out earlier has gone away!

Have a look of the some of the trail photos on Flickr more photos will be added soon. If you try the walk send in your photos and we can add or join the group.

Download a copy of the trail here: Handsworth Heritage Trail

Other copies are available at Soho House, Handsworth Library and a range of other location soon.

Consultation on the Black Cat Site Villa Rd

Posted on 28th February 2011 by

In 2009 the buildings that were part of the old Black Cat Cafe were demolished as they had been empty and derelict for sometime. The site is situtaed on Villa Rd, Lozells. Birmingham City Council & Urban LIving have been working together to come up with a set of options that have a potential to bring some new life into this part of the Villa Rd.

Proposed Develop Project – options for the black Cat site can be viewed by click here

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

Pannel Croft Retirement Village in Newtown

Posted on 24th November 2010 by

500 People attend Newtown Retirement Village Information Day This Week

500 older people and their families from Birmingham’s Newtown viewed plans and shared views at a major community information event featuring the £22m Pannel Croft Retirement Village which began initial construction works this month.  The event was hosted by The ExtraCare Charitable Trust and Birmingham City Council as part of an ongoing consultation process to help ensure the Village meets local peoples’ needs and aspirations.  The event included: 

  •       Plans of the completed Village, including details of homes and communal leisure facilities
  •       Opportunities for visitors to talk to City Councilors, ExtraCare support and activity staff and      residents from existing ExtraCare villages.
  •     Feedback areas for questions and comment
  •      Activity areas which include free health checks, benefits advice and entertainment 

If you are over the age of 55, living in Birmingham and would like to register your interest in the Village application process please phone, 0870 777 4800

Pannel Croft Village opens in Spring 2013 and will provide 180 affordable homes for rent (80%) and part-purchase (20%).  Properties will surround a community-based Village Centre with a wide range of facilities including a gym, restaurant, craft room and woodwork area.  Care will be available in the Village for those who need support. 

The Village will create over 50 ExtraCare jobs and an additional 36 funded-apprenticeships, on site during construction with house-builders Frank Haslam Milan. Other partners who have contributed to the scheme’s development are Urban Living (£2.4m), The Homes and Communities Agency (£6.4m) and The Department of Health (£3.2m). 

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:  “I am delighted to be able to share our plans for the City’s second retirement village for our older people in Newtown, one of five planned for the City. The event will provide an opportunity for prospective residents, their families and friends to meet with ExtraCare staff and residents of other villages to see what village life can offer.

 “The Village will not only provide new homes but provide much needed training and employment opportunities for local people in this difficult time”

Pannel Croft is the second of five planned villages across the City, a £200m development partnership between Birmingham City Council and The ExtraCare Charitable Trust.  The first 260-home Village, New Oscott (developed with Midland Heart), opened in March 2010 and is now oversubscribed.  A third 241-home village, off the Hagley Road in Harbourne, is awaiting the outcome of a planning submission.      


Newtown Village Centre will provide a social hub for local older people – especially those who suffer isolation or have limited means. This Village Centre requires £2m funding through ExtraCare’s Smile Appeal – an appeal which is helping to fund five ExtraCare Village Centres, regenerating older peoples’ involvement in community life across the City.  For more information about The Smile Appeal, please contact Alison Whittingham on 024 76 506011.


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 .

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

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

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

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: