Housing Liaison Boards

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There are Housing Liaison Boards ( HLBs) in each Ward in Yardley District: Acocks Green, Sheldon, South Yardley and Stechford and Yardley North. HLBs are groups of tenants , leaseholders and owner occupiers  who meet once a month to influence Housing Department policy and to monitor the performance of the Housing Department . HLBs also work with Housing Staff, the police, local Councillors and other agencies  to build better neighbourhoods. Representatives  from  our Repairs contractors also attend HLBs who monitor their performance. HLBs have a budget for improvements to communal facilities  and do projects such as creating a new bin storage area at Needwood House Acocks Green.

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Please email me on Andy.Sheppard@birmingham.gov.uk if you think you might like to try attending a meeting .

News from Acock’s Green Village In Bloom 2014

      Acock’s Green is our Garden

Village In Bloom Launch

Saturday 26th April 2014, 10am
Mallard Community Orchard (Mallard Close)

.  Take part in gardening activities, pick fresh herbs or buy plants.

Find out more about Acocks Green Village in Bloom 2014

Projects this year include:

  • Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the

First World War with lots of poppy planting

  • Enhancing the green space on corner of Woodcock Lane
  • Setting up ‘Friends of Acocks Green Train Station’

                                         And lots more….

We are always seeking more volunteers, so if you can spare an hour or so a week, Sundays/Wednesdays, and want to join the team who are set on enhancing Acocks Green then you would be very welcome.

For more information, suggestions or if you can help in any way please contact

the Bloom Co-ordinator – Fran Lee: 0121 706 0076, fran.lee47@yahoo.co.uk

to see more of the project search  ‘Acocks Green Village in Bloom’

Block Champions Celebration at Stechford Cascades

Block Champions Celebration

Some of Yardley’s Block Champions pictured with District Chair Councillor Sue Anderson.

East Quadrant Housing Team ( Hall Green, Hodge Hill and Yardley Districts) celebrated the work of their Block Champions on 20 March 2013 at Stechford Cascades. Block Champions live in high rise or low rise blocks and join the Housing Officer and Caretaker on their block inspections to ensure that the block cleaning and other services are up to standard. Block Champions also act as advocates for their blocks and work to improve the quality of life in their blocks. If you would like to be your blocks champion please phone Andy Sheppard on 0121 464 1615.

Block Champions Celebration

Yardley District will be celebrating their Block Champions on Wednesday 20 March 2013 at a special event at Stechford Cascades. Our Block Champions live in Yardley’s high rise and low rise blocks and they work with the Housing Team to ensure that all the services such as cleaning and repairs are delivered to a high standard.

Block Champions join with our Housing Officers and Neighbourhood Caretakers when they make their monthly block inspections and Block Champions also act as advocates on a range of issues on behalf of their Blocks.Image

Pictured above are Gwen and Janet,  Block Champions in Needwood and Rayleigh House. Gwen and Janet worked with residents in their blocks to ensure that their  aerial budget ( Blocks with aerials on the roof receive a special budget for improvements )  was spent on new fencing for both blocks to improve the security and appearance of the Blocks. Janet is also Chair of Needwood and Rayleigh House Residents Association and Gwen successfully campaigned for a new pedestrian crossing outside Needwood House.

If you live in a high rise or low rise block and would like to be a Block Champion or if you would just like to get involved ring Andy Sheppard on 0121 464 1615

Faith Watch Walkabout

Rev Dr Griphus Gakuru of All Saints Parish Church Stechford and Sgt James Littlehales from Stechford Police today led the Faith Watch Walkabout around the Albert Road area of Stechford.

The Walkabouts aim to connect people with local knowledge about an area with local service providers.


Today the walkabout was particularly looking at the problem of litter and fly tipping. Often if an area has a litter problem it can encourage other problems to develop.

Pictured above from left to right Sgt Littlehales, Rev Gakuru, Lot Masiane Environmental Services, PCSO Steve Cosford, Gary Elwell Housing and Shaid Ali Environmental Services . If you would be interested in joining a walkabout in your area of Yardley District or of joining Faith Watch please email

Andy. Sheppard@birmingham.gov.uk

City Housing Liaison Board meet at Highbury Hall

City Housing Liaison Board Members work hard at Highbury Hall.

On Monday 25 February 2013 members of Birmingham’s  City Housing Liaison Board attended an away day at Highbury Hall , Moseley. The Board members met to discuss how to take further  the results of the recent consultation on tenant engagement and how to improve resident involvement at four levels: Neighbourhood, Ward, District and City.

Further work needs doing but to find out about progress so far phone Andy Sheppard on 0121 464 1615 or email Andy at Andy.Sheppard@birmingham .gov.uk

Pictured below are members of our local Housing Liaison Boards  Gill Evans,  Shard End HLB, Sheila DeVaney Yardley HLB, Derrick Novell Acock’s Green, HLB and below Mick McCormack Stechford and Yardley North HLB ,

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Community First Planning Event for Sheldon Ward


The Sheldon Community First Funding Body would like you views and help in creating and developing a Community Plan for the Sheldon Ward

We want to hear from residents, community groups and organisations, what’s important to you and what you would do to improve your local area or ward.  This is a great opportunity for everyone to participate and help the Community First Panel develop a plan to target the funding into projects or activities and areas that the community has identified.

This is to ensure that funding in the last two years of the programme is targeted in areas that the panel and the community have identified.

If you want to be involved in developing the plan, then please book a place at the event to be held on Saturday 9th March 2013, 10.30 am – 12pm at the Sheldon Heath Community Centre

To book a place at this event please email:  ycdn@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 244 8437 or 07779230748.  Only two people from anyone group or organisation that are based in the area can attend the event.  Places are limited so booking will be on the first come basis only





Acocks Green In Bloom 2013

Do you care about Acocks Green? Would you like to help make it a nicer place to shop, live and work?

Acocks Green Village is entering Britain in Bloom 2013.

A friendly team of locals meet up regularly to work on making the village more attractive by gardening, tidying and painting.  We are also working on an exciting new Community Orchard in Mallard Close.

Can you spare a couple of hours on Sunday or Wednesday mornings to help? If so look out for the volunteers or contact the project

co-ordinator Fran Lee: – fran.lee47@yahoo.co.uk

0121 706 0076

No experience necessary!



Make a real difference in 2013

Get Started with Martial Arts in Acock’s Green

The Prince’s Trust
Get Started with Martial Arts!
Are you a young person aged16-25?
Are you currently unemployed?
Would you like to gain some new skills?
Would you like to try something new involving Martial Arts?
Yes?? Then Get Started with The Prince’s Trust on our motivating and
rewarding FREE 5 day programme!
 Try Boxing and Kickboxing – A great way to get and keep fit!
 A very practical course using great facilities based in Birmingham.
 Free gym kit.
 Work with helpful instructors who will guide you through the week.
 Develop your Communication, Confidence and Teamwork skills.
 Gain the ISKA Red Belt in Kickboxing.
 Gain an Emergency First Aid qualification.
 Receive certificates and references upon completing the programme.
 Great to put on your CV.
 Lunch provided every day.
 Public transport costs reimbursed.
 Upon completion apply for a Prince’s Trust development award to take you
to the next level.
 Help with progression onto further training courses like the Prince’s Trust
Team programme.
We are now recruiting for this exciting programme and we’re keen to receive
referrals and enquiries from interested young people.
Please note, we cannot take any enquiries from young people who are on the ‘work
Get Started with Martial Arts will take place 4th – 8th February 2013
Interested young people will be invited to a Taster session on Thursday 31st January, to
see if it’s for them.
For more info or to book a place on the course please call/text or e-mail us on one
of the numbers below;
0121 772 9230 or 0121 772 9250 or Text ‘martial arts’ to 07766417341
Email: Helen.marshall@princes-trust.org.uk

Housing Liaison Board Meetings Dates

There are four Housing Liaison Boards in Yardley District one for each Ward. If you are a Council tenant or Council leaseholder you are welcome to come along and observe any of our HLB meetings , please phone me on 0121 464 1615 and then pop along you may then wish to ask to join. We are looking for members  for all four of our HLBs and at each one you will get a warm welcome and an excellent cup of tea and coffee with biscuits! The meetings dates are as follows:

Acock’s Green HLB 6.30pm on the third Tuesday of the month (for example Tuesday15 January 2013 ) in the Community Room St Marys Close Sheltered Housing Scheme Acock’s Green.

Sheldon HLB 1.30pm on the fourth Thursday of the month( for example 1.30pm Thursday 24 January 2013) in the Community Room at Manston Road Sheldon.

South Yardley HLB 1.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month ( for example 1.30pm Wednesday 6 February 2013) in the Community Room , Kings Road Sheltered Housing Scheme Kings Road, Tyseley.

Stechford and Yardley North HLB 12 noon on the second Wednesday of the month( for example Wednesday 13 February 2013) in the Community Room , Bucklow Walk,off Ipstones Avenue, Stechford.