Secret Garden Team Task

A team from the Careers and Placement Team at Aston University joined us on Monday 18th March for a team task at the Secret Garden.

All the tasks were completed including clearing rubbish to a skip; weeding and replanting the raised beds; cutting back brambles; litter picking; and lots of fence painting! Thanks to Carolina and her team for all their efforts and also to Jimoh Folarin – Eco Gardeners – for providing support on the day. The site is now ready for the Easter break when local children will be able  to enjoy free play and sports activities.

If you would like to help with the regular maintenance of the garden or volunteer on one of the play days, please contact Andrew on 07421 994752.

BAES Open Events

Need advice about what courses to do next?

Do you need advice about courses you could undertake? Then why not book a date to come along to one of the Birmingham Adult Education Services (BAES) open events and find out how our courses can help you fulfil your ambitions?

Between March and June BAES will be running ten open events in their main centres between 10:00 and 13:00 on Saturday mornings.

These events are a great opportunity to come into the centres and talk to both staff and current learners about the wide range of courses on offer within the service.

At each event there will be various subject demonstrations and a chance to join in with some interactive games. Exhibitions of learners’ work and workshops will also be taking place.

BAES’s friendly, expert tutors and Learner Services team will be available to provide careers education, information, advice and guidance.

Find out where and when your nearest Open Event is taking place

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Children’s Centre : Invite to an International Women’s Day event

Please join The Children’s Centre (delivered by Spurgeons Children’s Charity) to celebrate the achievements and success of women from all walks of life. Women have come a long way, yet there’s still more to be achieved.

Taking place on Thursday 7 March 2019, 10.00am to 2.00pm
at Laurel Road Community Sports Centre, Laurel Road, B21 9PB

Please Note: This event is open to women only.

Light refreshments (served between 12.00pm and 1.00pm).

Guests & Activities Include:

  • The Lord Mayor of Birmingham

  • Woman’s Health

  • #BalanceforBetter

  • Inspirational Speakers

  • Cake Stall

  • Beauty Treatments

  • Raffle

and much more …

For more information contact: Sharon Clarke on 07974 255 900

Spurgeons Children’s Charity supports vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families.

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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 with contact details to book your place.

Download the flyer >

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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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IT Skills for Beginners + and job search skills sessions

Birchfield Big Local has teamed up with Birmingham City Council’s Adult Education Service to provide FREE training sessions at Grosvenor Road Studios or their premises in Aston. Why not express an interest!

The course is in two parts (you’ll need to attend both days):

Part One: IT Skills for Beginners …
Participants will learn all the basic skills related to the use of computers including;

  1. Switching on and properly shutting down PC’s

  2. How to use a PC keyboard

  3. Using and producing documents

  4. Using online applications

And more ..

Basic requirements:

  • Participants must be on a job related benefit (e.g. Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance or Universal Credit)

  • Participants must have at least a basic knowledge of IT and use of computers

  • Participants must have a basic grasp of English and be able to understand and communicate with the tutors

  • Must be able to commit to the full 2-day schedule (9am to 3pm)

  • Participants can bring along their own laptops if they wish

Part Two: Work Skills Course …
This part of the course will help participants to be more effective in their job search efforts.

These sessions will include:

  1. Job searching skills

  2. Completing application forms

  3. Appropriate behaviour in the workplace

  4. Mock interview sessions

And more ..

Basic requirements:
These are generally the same as the above.

Please contact Tippa Naphtali (Volunteer Co-ordinator) if you are interested in attending.
T: 07421 994753 E:

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Celebrate and remember Black History at the International Slavery Museum

source: The Voice Online
published: October 2018

While the UK celebrates Black History Month in October, the International Slavery Museum (ISM) uses every day to remember and celebrate black history.

The International Slavery Museum is the only national museum in the world to cover the Transatlantic Slave Trade and modern slavery, as well as celebrating black African culture.

A visit to the museum can be a powerful and moving experience, as we remember the past and think about a better future. A visit to the International Slavery Museum is an essential education.

Entry to the museum, and all our events and activities throughout the year, are free.

During Black History Month alone you can take part in African dance, drumming, craft activities, and a special Capoeira youth event.

Join the ISM to celebrate and remember >

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