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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.”

Xmas Santa

Help During Christmas & New Year

source: Find Food Banks Brum
originally published: 19 November 2018

Birmingham-based community group, Find Food Banks Brum, have published some useful information and guides for the Christmas & New Year period.

These include an online guide to managing within your means, Christmas dinners, other services, volunteering opportunities/appeals and more.

To read more please visit: www.findfoodbanksbrum.org.uk/2018/11/help-during-christmas-new-year

Don’t suffer in silence, help is available!
FindFoodBanksBrum has also compiled this short list of some key organisations and agencies that can point you in the right direction if you need help, advice or emergency assistance. Visit – www.findfoodbanksbrum.org.uk/advice

See other useful links here >

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Autumn Fete 2018

Autumn Fete

Thanks to everyone who attended the BRAG Autumn Fete at the Pavilion building, Livingstone Road Allotments. For once the weather was perfect and the attendance better than ever. Phil Bowers entertained everyone with live music and Claudette Holmes ran a children’s arts workshop which was very popular.

There was a display of historical photographs of the area provided by Tom Clements and an opportunity for people to plant up pots with winter flowering plants and spring bulbs with Barbara and volunteers. Thanks to Mehnaz for providing us with some great food and to Albert for arranging access to the Allotment Pavilion for the day.

The event was organised by BRAG – Barbara, Lurlyn and volunteers, with support from Birchfield Big Local. There were some great pumpkins and gourds on display all grown on the Livingstone Road Community Allotment which were sold at the end of the day – proceeds to support the future work of BRAG and the allotment project.

Play course participants with certificates

“Play Works” Training

Ashebo CIC were funded through the Birchfield Big Local small grants scheme to provide a play training course for local people interested in children’s outdoor play.

The training, led by Kemi Folarin, was one day per week over four weeks and 14 people attended in total. One participant said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the course and gained a new outlook on children’s play. It has inspired me to advocate for play opportunities for local children.”

The course was so popular that there was a waiting list. Birchfield Big Local will be looking for further opportunities to provide play training and promote children’s play outdoors.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help at the Secret Garden, a community garden and play space hidden away behind Grosvenor Avenue, Westminster Road and Hutton Road.

If you are interested, please contact us.

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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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Mencap

MENCAP: Guaranteed interview programme now open!

Are you interested in care work? Can you work shifts?
Would you like to make a difference to people’s lives?

Birmingham Adult Education Service are working in partnership with care provider Midland Mencap who are recruiting for a number of vacancies (for Females only) across Birmingham.

The partnership will offer a pre-employment training course with a guaranteed interview.

You will receive childcare and travel support while on the programme through the Department of Work & Pensions.
Varied positions are available. Shifts may include early mornings and late evenings.

Midland Mencap are looking to fill both full and part time positions. Clients will need to be flexible.

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For more information please contact:
Jo Gayle, Project Development and Placement Officer
Birmingham Adult Education Service
Aston Learning Centre
0121 675 8421

BBL Famil;y Fun Day

Birchfield Big Local Family Fun Day

Birchfield Big Local will be holding its annual Family Fun Day at the Boat House Cafe, Handsworth Park on Sunday 29th July 2018, from 2pm to 6pm.

Please come and join us. Some of the activities included are:

  • Sports and games

  • Stalls and displays

  • Arts and crafts for children

  • Music workshops

and lots more..

For enquiries please contact Andrew Simons on 0121 448 5594 / 07421 994752 or andrew@birchfieldbiglocal.org

Download the event flyer here >

We look forward to seeing you there!