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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 >

Article Image Credit : Serge Bertasius Photography


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.

Download the flyer here >

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

Download the event flyer here >

We look forward to seeing you there!

Unltd Create Change

Have an idea for a social enterprise?

Do you have an idea for a venture that will benefit the community? Over the next three years Birchfield Big Local will be working with UnLtd to support social enterprise in the local area. You could benefit from one-to-one support; expert advice and connections; and start-up funding.

UnLtd Awards Manager, Louise Cannon, is working with us on this programme and will be running a series of workshops at Grosvenor Road Studios to support local people interested in setting up a social enterprise – starting Monday 11 June.

Dates include: Monday 11, 18 and 25 June : 10am – 12noon – all at Grosvenor Road Studios, 16 Grosvenor Road, Handsworth B20 3NP.

For further details please contact: or call via mobile: 07872 460 200

You can book a place here>


Furnace Community Theatre Project 2018

Caroline and I were over the moon to be asked by the Birmingham REP Theatre, to be part of their ‘Furnace’ programme. Five theatre makers are working with community groups across Birmingham, to create original pieces of performance, which will be shared in July this year. This exciting project hopes to build long lasting relationships between Birmingham Rep theatre and communities who have previously not had much experience with the theatre.

Our project will be a collaboration with the women of Birchfield Big Local at Grosvenor Road Studios and women at two other hubs in Ward End. We want to create a safe place to come together, with other women to find new ways of sharing our stories. Through spoken word, art, voiceovers and music we will work together over the months to create a ‘sharing performance’. Also, as part of the project the REP will be arranging backstage tours and theatre trips for our participants.

We strongly believe in the importance of storytelling, shared experiences and giving unheard voices a platform. We will meet roughly once every two weeks and very much look forward to meeting you all. This project is accessible to all women regardless of experience.

The next workshops will be 10.30am – 12noon at Grosvenor Road Studios, 16 Grosvenor Road B20 3NP on the following dates:

Thursday 7, 21 and 28 June

Tuesday 3 July (performance day at The Dolphin Centre)

Thursday 5 July (performance at Grosvenor Road Studios)

Rachael Mainwaring, Women in Theatre

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre ‘Furnace’ Project is funded by Arts Council England

Furnace 2018: Creating New Theatre in the Community

Artist, Rachael Mainwaring, is running a series of workshops at Grosvenor Road Studios starting Thursday 15th March as part of Birmingham REP’s Furnace project. Furnace brings artists and communities together to create theatre, tell new stories and give unheard voices a platform. Through spoken word, art, voice-overs and music we will work together over the months to create a ‘sharing performance’. Also, as part of the project the REP will be arranging backstage tours and theatre trips for our participants.

The Furnace project is open to all women in the local area and will involve a series of workshops with Rachael at Grosvenor Road Studios, 16 Grosvenor Road, Handsworth B20 3NP starting Thursday 15th March: 10.30 – 12 noon.  

Please contact Birchfield Big Local – 0121 448 5594 (Mobile: 07421 994752) for more details.

Black HeART Exhibition

Artist, resident, and Birchfield Big Local volunteer, Adlin Shorter, has been sharing her passion for art with the community. Starting with an exhibition of influential black leaders and artists for Black History Month 2017 at Grosvenor Road Studios, Adlin has displayed her portraits at St Mary’s Church, Handsworth, St Clare’s Catholic Primary School and at Handsworth Library. The exhibitions have received positive comments. For example one person commented:

“Good day Adlin, trust you are well. I am in the library at Handsworth admiring your paintings, they are wonderful.  God has truly blessed you with an amazing gift. May God continue to grant you dreams and visions as you travel along this journey.”