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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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Money Advice Service – The Christmas Money Planner

How are you planning to pay for Christmas? From presents to food, the costs can add up quickly. Using The Money Advice Service Christmas Money Planner will help you set a budget for the festive season.

Research by The Money Advice Service showed the average UK adult was planning to spend £800 on Christmas last year.

Presents; turkey; decorations; drink – it all adds up. But how much do you think you’ll be spending on these items? Knowing your expenses before you start can help you avoid spending more than you can afford.


Give the Money Advice Service a call for FREE and impartial money advice should you need it.

Call – 0800 138 7777
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturday, 9am to 1pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays, closed.

See the Christmas Money Planner here >
See General Money Planner here >

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Support services available for the over 50’s

We have listed the following services that are available for people aged 50 and over. Others will also be listed in due course.

In the new year we will also create two new pages on the website with resources on services for elders, disadvantaged and job seekers that can be viewed or downloaded.

Contact The Elderly:
Contact The Elderly run hundreds of groups meeting every month across England, Scotland and Wales for fun, friendship, tea and cake!
Tel : 01522 306565 | Web : www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk

Independent Age:
Independent Age provides (alongside other services) regular phone calls or visits from a trained volunteer.
Helpline : 0800 319 6789
Web : www.independentage.org

See other general and advice and support services here >

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Food Cycle (Meal & Hampers) for families

As part of its regular meal provision at Birmingham Settlement on 19 December from 1.30pm onwards, Food Cycle will be running a family session where they will also be providing FREE Christmas hampers.

FoodCycle Birmingham runs in partnership with Birmingham Settlement, a community organisation that provides services for vulnerable people in the Aston and surrounding area. They cook a healthy meal at the Settlement every Sunday lunchtime.

FoodCycle Birmingham Aston is only made possible with the great volunteers giving their time, enthusiasm and energy. We have opportunities available for people to come along and cook, host guests and be involved in collecting the surplus food donations from local suppliers.

Read more here >

Please email birmingham@foodcycle.org.uk for more information.

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BMet : Open Events November 2018

At BMet’s Open Event find out about their fantastic facilities, choose from hundreds of courses including a wide range of apprenticeships and vocational areas covering art and design, sport, construction, built environment, travel & tourism, health & social care, uniformed public services as well as dental, medical, podiatry, music, performance arts, animal care and horticulture plus loads more.

Events take place at various locations on Saturday 24th November 2018 from 10am to 1pm

For A levels, visit our new A Level Centre at Sutton Coldfield College.

You will have the opportunity to apply, be interviewed and receive an offer on the day. *

* All offers subject to successful interview and meeting of entry criteria. Some courses require maths or English assessment and/or performance/auditions at interview and are therefore excluded from this offer.

The following sites will be open:

  • Art & Design Centre (ADC)

  • Erdington Skills Centre (ESC)

  • James Watt College (JW)

  • Kidderminster Academy (KA)

  • Matthew Boulton College (MB)

  • Stourbridge College (ST)

  • Sutton Coldfield College (SC)

  • The Botanical Gardens (BBG)

Click here for full details >

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EBENIUISM : Photo Exhibit at Grosvenor Road Studios

From 9 November 2018 the work of photographer, Anthony McFarlene, will be exhibited at the Grosvenor Road Studios (GRS) in Handsworth.

The exhibition, hosted by The Black Arts Forum, launches on Friday 9 November from 7pm, and will be on display at GRS until 25th January 2019.

Come along and see Anthony’s moving and powerful images!16 Grosvenor Road, Birmingham B20 3NP

Veteran Birmingham photographer Anthony McFarlane, uses his camera to help heal those who suffer with mental health issues and gently boosts their self-esteem.

“I always say that we’re all just one handshake away from mental health problems,” says McFarlane, who relishes empowering people in his ‘Cinq’ photographic workshops under the name Mac13soul.

“I called them ‘Cinq’ which is French for five, as the aim of the workshops is to improve five areas of everyone’s lives – self-awareness, empowerment, confidence, visualisation and well being.”

See full article at The Voice >

For more information contact The Black Arts Forum via info@blackartsforum.co.uk

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New mental health campaign launches in the West Midlands

Public Health England (PHE) is encouraging adults to look after their mental health as they do their physical health through its new Every Mind Matters campaign – It launched the pilot exclusively in the West and East Midlands on World Mental Health Day (10 October).

The new campaign highlights that while we can all feel stressed, anxious, low or have trouble sleeping, there are simple actions we can take to manage them and prevent these issues from becoming more serious.

It encourages people to visit the Every Mind Matters guide, a free NHS-approved online resource, which provides expert advice, practical tips, and experiences from real people to help manage these issues and those of others.

Each year, around one in four people in England experience a mental health problem and the proportion of diagnosable common mental health conditions has increased by 20% in 20 years

Sandra Griffiths, Co-Director of Catalyst 4 Change, said:
“It’s great to see that PHE are launching a new campaign encouraging people to look after their mental health as many people do with their physical health. We work with black communities in the West Midlands so we fully understand the challenges and barriers that prevent some members of the community talking openly about their mental health, social stigma and fear of mental health services.

“Catalyst 4 Change actively supports the development and promotion of campaigns that encourage black communities in the West Midlands to take the necessary action to improve their mental health. The Every Mind Matters guide will provide useful information and inspirational stories that we hope will encourage more Black people to talk about their mental health sooner before it becomes a crisis.”

Download the full news release here >
Read more here >

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