Elderly AOP Citizen

Turn2us : Help when you need it most!

Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. They provide financial support to help people get back on track.

Anyone can be a missed pay-cheque, illness or bereavement away from a real financial crisis, which is why Turn2us can help you find the support that you need.

The Turn2us Benefits Calculator takes less than 10 minutes to complete and it will tell you which means-tested benefits you may be entitled to, including tax credits.

The Grants Search can help you look for funds that might be able to give you a grant or other types of help.

Turn2us also award their own grants from the Turn2us Elizabeth Finn Fund, the Turn2us Response Fund, and the Turn2us Edinburgh Trust.

Support is also available through the Turn2us helpline for people who find it hard going online. (Call on: 0808 802 2000, 9.00am – 5.30pm Mondays-Fridays (except bank holidays).

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New LouDeemY Project ‘A Healthy Obsession’ workshops

provided by: LouDeemY Productions
date: January 2019

“Join us at our ten free creative sessions using fun, imaginative drama, writing and creative techniques and activities to explore issues around food, health and well-being”.

Learn how to develop and put on a creative performance show, learn what happens before, during and after a show is performed

The sessions will provide a safe environment where participants feel comfortable and supported in sharing experiences around food, health, and well-being, whilst engaging in open exploration.

The sessions will look at what you think is healthy. With these insights participants will develop a performance piece using drama, creative writing, poetry and music.

As well as facilitating an exploration of the subject matter, the activities will provide participants with a range of long lasting soft, transferable skills which will help increase self-confidence, self-worth, self-esteem, self-expression, communication and interaction with others”

Places are limited so please email loudeemy@gmail.com with contact details to book your place.

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Freephone helpline for stressed families to be launched

source: Guardian Society
published: 21 January 2019

A national freephone helpline for people in stressed-out families who feel they have no one else to talk to is to be unveiled by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Aimed at people struggling with issues including family rows, money worries, new parenthood and relationship difficulties, Family Line will be launched on Tuesday by the duchess, who is focusing her charity work on early intervention in domestic problems, including supporting people who are about to start family life.

The line will be open every weekday evening from 6pm to 10pm and at weekends from 10am to 1pm. Its launch follows research suggesting one-third of people in families want someone to talk to about their problems as social isolation grows.

The service joins other free helplines such as Childline, which was founded by Esther Rantzen 33 years ago, and Samaritans, which provides support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope or at risk of suicide.

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Charity Ethical Principles launched by NCVO

source: NCVO
published: January 2019

These principles aim to support charities, their governing bodies, and those who work and volunteer in and with them in recognising and resolving ethical issues and conflicts, and make charities a safer place.

This is intended as an enabling document that draws together and underpins what many charities do already, and which all charities aspire to do.

These principles set out a framework for the ethical execution of charitable purpose, regardless of the charity’s size, type or area of operation. They can help charities in their decision making and in developing relevant policies and procedures.

All charities should proactively champion ethical behaviour and reflect and apply their charitable values in any activity they undertake, in addition to meeting their legal and regulatory requirements.

Governing bodies, staff and volunteers should actively consider the principles and how they can be integrated in all their work and decision making.

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Social Enterprise Meeting

Birchfield Social Enterprise Hub

Following a very productive workshop in December at Grosvenor Road Studios looking at social enterprise in the area and how we can nurture and support it in the future, we are planning monthly sessions in partnership with UnLtd.

The first session will be 10am – 12.30pm on Thursday 7th February at Grosvenor Road Studios and will look at Marketing your business and branding.

For more details please contact:

Andrew Simons – 07421 994752
Carol Reid (ATHAC) – 07977 880132
Victor Shaw (UnLtd) – 07841 779981

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The Birchfield Big Local Xmas & Student Awards event 2018

This year Birchfield Big Local celebrated the end of the year with a Christmas event that took place at the St Mary’s Church Hall in Handsworth. The event was open to all staff, volunteers, partnership group members and friends of BBL.

We were grateful for the voluntary input of Adlin Shorter, Nasreen Reshma and Dean Richards on the day, which helped the whole event to go smoothly.

Catering was provided by Lynda McFarlane and entertainment by Winston Harris.

All those in attendance had a great time, enjoying good food, good company, entertainment and a raffle.

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Andrew Simons (BBL community development worker) said;

“Thanks to all for the Birchfield Big Local Christmas meal at St Mary’s Church Hall, Handsworth. This is the first time we have held it at St Mary’s and were well impressed with the facilities – especially the kitchen!

“Thanks to Lynda (Vegan Vybes) for providing a fabulous Christmas meal and to Winston Harris for the music and entertainment.

“The meal was attended by the Elders group and English Class participants and was an opportunity to celebrate the students achievements in attending 14 weeks of conversational English classes planned and led by volunteer tutors – Mehnaz, Salema and Cherrelle.

“Well done to all. Many thanks to Tippa for organising the event and to all the volunteers who helped on the day.”

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We are seeking volunteers @ Birchfield Big Local

We are seeking volunteers for two of our community projects which support people over 50 years of age, and job seekers within the Birchfield Big Local (BBL) area.

These current opportunities are as follows:

Role: Stepping Forward Job Club Volunteer Assistants
Four role positions available:

Birchfield Big Local (BBL) is re-developing the Stepping Forward Job Club, and is seeking enthusiastic and experienced people who will have a positive and proactive commitment to providing a friendly and relaxed environment in which local people living in the BBL area can improve their employment prospects for the future and explore the opportunities available to them.

Along with relevant experience, skills and knowledge to undertake the role, volunteer assistants will also be required to undertake training in job club principles as part of the induction process. Other training will be made available that is appropriate to the role.

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Role: Role: Elders Activity & Social Group Volunteer Assistants
Three role positions available:

Birchfield Big Local (BBL) is re-developing the Elders Activity & Social Group, and are seeking enthusiastic and experienced people who will have a positive and proactive commitment to providing socialising and informational activities for people aged 50 and over from a range of backgrounds and cultures, living in the BBL area.

Along with relevant experience, skills and knowledge to undertake the role, volunteer assistants may also be required to undertake training in senior citizens support practices as part of the induction process. Other training will be made available that is appropriate to the role.

See full details here >

Please join us and help make a difference!

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