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Elders Group & Stepping Forward Resources

We have compiled a comprehensive range of useful information sheets for people aged 50 and over as well as job seekers that can be viewed or downloaded.

Please Note: These documents may be changed or updated from time to time.

Over 50’s Resources
The BBL Elders Activity & Social Group was initially set up to provide socialising and informational activities for people aged 50 and over from a range of backgrounds and cultures, living in the Birchfield Big Local (BBL) area.

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Jobsearch Resources
The BBL Stepping Forward Project was initially set up to provide a friendly and relaxed environment in which local people could improve their employment prospects for the future, learn or develop their IT knowledge and explore the opportunities available to them.

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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: tippa@birchfieldbiglocal.org

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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)

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