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Help with living costs and grants for people in Birchfield

The Thomas Bromwich Charity provides grants for living expenses, help with small debts and more, for people that live within the following postcode areas:
B6 B18 B19 B20 B21 B42 B43 B44 (and some parts of B66 B74 WS5 WS9)

That is anyone who lives in:

  • Handsworth (the ecclesiastical parishes of St Mary, St Andrew, St James, St Michael, St Peter and the Holy Trinity, Birchfield and St Paul, and Hamstead);

  • Great Barr (that is, the ecclesiastical parish of St Margaret)

  • Perry Barr (that is, the ecclesiastical parishes of St John the Evangelist, Perry Barr, St Luke, Kingstanding, and St Matthews and Perry Beeches)

Grants are available to help with:

  • living expenses

  • repair or replacement of appliances

  • help with small debts

  • emergency payments for those with no recourse to public funds

  • a range of other needs

Find out more and apply click here >

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Big Difference Scheme

Get support from the Severn Trent Water Big Difference Scheme

The Seven Trent Trust Fund is available to consumers who can apply to get a reduction on their water bill or help to pay it.

Here are some key features of the scheme:

  • It is accessible to all customers who receive either water and/or sewerage services from Severn Trent Water

  • It is available to all customers regardless of age and employment status

  • Offers customers a reduction ranging between 10% – 90%* off the average yearly charge

  • Is valid for 12 months from date of acceptance

  • Can provide extra help for anyone finding it difficult to pay water charges

If you have a low income you may be able to get a BIG reduction to your existing bill (even if you have already paid it).
This can be as much as 90% reduced.

Apply online click here >

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Help with benefits & claims for Birchfield residents

There are a range of services and online resources available in and around Birchfield that can help benefit claimants. We have listed some of these in the following.

Birchfield Library

Verification Service:
Birchfield Library provide a free document verification service for local residents.

Essentially, this regards checking and sending any formal documents that you are required to submit (e.g. birth certificates, tenancy agreements, bank statements etc) with welfare or housing benefit claims.

Available Tuesday: 9am to 12:30pm, 2pm to 4pm

Universal Credit claims:
They can also help you to make new claims for Universal Credit, child benefits etc.

Staff at the library can assist you with completing a claim for Universal Credit (or associated benefits). You can be referred by the Jobcentre or just walk in.

Available Thursday: 10am to 12:30pm, 2pm to 5pm

Contact them on 0121 464 4202


Citizens Advice Birmingham

Citizens Advice can help you make sense of the benefits system.

Unsure of what you are entitled to claim? Has your benefit been reduced or stopped? Do you want to challenge the decision?

Citizens Advice Birmingham can give you practical support. They can;

– help you to work out your entitlement to benefits

– help you to fill in the appropriate forms

– help you to write review and appeal letters

– provide benefit checks and ‘better off’ calculations

– help you if you have to pay back overpayments

– help you if you have been a victim of fraud

Call the advice line on 03444 77 1010


Birmingham City Council : Benefits and support

The Council website has many resources and information about various benefits including Housing Benefit, Council Tax support and other housing and benefit related matters.

There is also information about benefit appeals, private renting, emergency food and essentials.

Click the link above for further details.

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Birchfield Big Local – Online directory

Did you know about the Local Services Directory on the Birchfield Big Local website?

On the directory you can find local services on:

  • Local GP’s and other medical services

  • Centre’s for youth activities

  • Health & Wellbeing services

  • Parks & green spaces

  • Places of worship

  • Local stores

and much more …

The directory was recently updated, and will be added to over time.
If you know of a useful service that would be useful for Birchfield residents, please feel free to contact us!

Visit the directory here >

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50 years of Reggae – The BASS2018 from Punch Records

Punch Records will be hosting 4 Film nights as a part of their BASS 2018 festival. The theme for this years BASS is celebrating 50 years of the word Reggae. In celebration they will be holding art, film and music events across the whole of period of October.

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of reggae. This year BASS will pay homage to the Music, Arts, Culture and Heritage of a genre that has enriched the cultural fabric of the world over the last five decades.

What Is BASS?
BASS is the UK’s biggest Black arts commissioning festival, having been actively bringing innovative themes, original events and internationally renowned artists from all over the world to the UK for over a decade.

BASS2018 features live music, visual arts, film debate, education and much more.

Reggae 50 film night – The Mockingbird; 7pm-9pm:

  • 4th October- Rocksteady

  • 11th October – The harder they come

  • 18th October – Lovers Story

  • 26th October – Homelands/Brukout

See more details here >

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Free Big Lottery funded arts in health workshops from BCAT

BCAT are delighted to be in a position to offer your CVS organisation an array of FREE arts-based workshops that are intended to improve the health and wellbeing of your beneficiaries and enhance your organisation support.

The project will begin from 15 October, so we are now open to referrals for any CVS organisation providing community services.

Delivered by BCAT’s fantastic team of facilitators and volunteers, they can provided anything that you would like – such as jewellery making, clay, art, drama, music, dance/ movement, creative writing, glass painting – anything is possible, so have a word with your group and see what they would like to do!

Workshops are FREE for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks workshops are charged at a rate of £25ph or can be subsidised depending on the organisation size/ income. A referral form and risk assessment will need to be completed for all workshops. One-off workshops are available.

If you would be interested in becoming part of this exciting arts in health movement then please contact BCAT, and share this information with your colleagues.

BCAT will also be delivering a FREE arts therapies and language development project for young people with English as an additional language need. So if this is your client group, please get in touch for further information.

Click here to visit their website >

Contact BCAT for more information:
Phone: 0121 440 8273

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Mind and Agenda launch the Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Programme

Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, are delighted to announce that their £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants programme is open to applications, with a closing date of 15 October.

The programme responds to the needs of women experiencing disadvantage, particularly those experiencing multiple disadvantages, who are frequently under-represented in services.

Covering England and Wales, the programme aims to fund:

  • Organisations to facilitate peer support initiatives with women experiencing or at risk of multiple forms of disadvantage

  • Capacity building, knowledge, and networking and influencing ‘Hubs’ to support and promote delivery of women’s mental health peer support

Find out more and how to apply on their website here where you can also sign up to attend a face-to-face information session – seven are being held across England and Wales – and to take part in live webinars.

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