It’s your Neighbourhood Awards

On 17 September 2014 a total of seven Sheltered Housing Schemes in Yardley District won awards at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Its your Neighbourhood Awards at Henley in Arden. The schemes were Manor Court ,Needwood and Rayleigh House,Pemberley Road, Radley Court, St Mary’s Close, Wheeldon House and the Yew Tree. Twenty six residents from the East Quadrant  attended the event and everyone was encouraged and gained ideas for future improvements.

Now we’re talking: Big conversations and big ideas

Standing Up For Birmingham

Over the past few months, neighbourhood ‘think and do tank’ Chamberlain Forum has been facilitating a series of themed conversations about the ways in which everyone can get behind the Standing Up For Birmingham (SU4Brum) campaign and ‘do their bit’ towards building a different-looking future for the city.

The conversations are hosted by Change Kitchen Community Interest Company, a vegetarian foodie social enterprise based at Camp Hill Circus. The sort of people who come along tend to be active citizens, entrepreneurs and people working in public services.

Below are some thoughts from the first four conversations – and ‘big ideas’ that could be taken forward.

Time banking: Where people trade time and skills without money changing hands…

Many taking part in this conversation felt that Birmingham already has a busy ‘time economy’ – purely based on people helping each other out.

In some Birmingham neighbourhoods, the time economy could be…

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Finalists announced in first Standing Up For Birmingham Chamberlain Award

Standing Up For Birmingham

Congratulations to the three finalists in the inaugural Standing Up For Birmingham (SU4Brum) Chamberlain Award.

The Chamberlain Awards are Birmingham City Council’s annual acknowledgement of outstanding achievement in the workplace – especially in the face of difficult challenges. The SU4Brum ‘gong’ will be awarded jointly to a council team or individual working in partnership with a community group, social enterprise, small business or citizen in recognition of co-production efforts that are building a positive future for our city.

The three finalists are:

Karen Spence and John Mole of Birmingham City Council’s Erdington District / New Heights Community Project 

For establishing an innovative and collaborative hub in the heart of Kingstanding and securing more than £25 million in external funding to improve the lives of Birmingham people in need – including access to youth clubs, drug and alcohol intervention, training and job support, health and wellbeing services, free legal advice and support for parents and…

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