A Community Benefit Society Working to Develop Happy Healthy Communities Living Active and Connected Lives
The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) is a community benefit society and cooperative working to develop healthy, happy communities living active and connected lives.
Our vision is for a society where people have the autonomy, capacity, resources and skills to become the architects of their own destiny; where our individual wellbeing is recognised as being bound up in our collective responsibility to and dependency on each other; and where all of us feel empowered as agents of social change to make a difference – whether at an individual level or more widely.
By working collaboratively with communities we aim to bring about sustainable change on an social, environmental and economic level; to do the social knitting required to create stronger and more resilient communities and to support communities to identify, mitigate and remove the barriers that prevent them from living active and connected lives.
The Society was developed out of the successful Wellbeing Service set up by Birmingham City Council in June 2015.
Sport England Chief Executive, Tim Hollingsworth, visits Birmingham projects
On 17th November 2021, Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of Sport England visited projects in Birmingham as part of the Active Communities programme, delivered alongside local community partner organisations. The visit also included an announcement of £6.5 million in funding for the West Midlands, building on the Commonwealth Games 2022 legacy.
After a fantastic two year partnership, The Active Wellbeing Society will be leaving the Farm at the end of December 2021 to increase the delivery of services elsewhere in the community. The relationship with St. Paul’s Community Development Trust has been a very positive one, supporting the funding of Balsall Heath City Farm whilst ensuring local people can access a range of support on site. It has been wonderful to meet so many community members whilst working together and learning from the Trust. We look forward to working together again in the future.
We are delighted to have been recognised as Outstanding Charity of the Year, and Overall Business of the Year in the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce Awards on Thursday 18th November 2021. The awards recognise our work during #BrumTogether to support people in Birmingham, where we worked alongside a number of fantastic partner organisations, community groups and team of volunteers, and were supported by new and existing funders. We are thrilled to receive these awards and want to say thank you to all involved for their ongoing support.
What we do....
We offer a range of free activities in Birmingham, open to all. These include walks, bikes sessions and social activities in local spaces.
Our Big Feed Project provides free, nutritious cooked meals from surplus that would otherwise go to waste at our Cafés, and much more.
Social Prescribing provides alternative ways of addressing emotional and mental health with support that starts in and around health centres.
Find our full range of free activities and services aimed at improving wellbeing at an individual and community level.