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Time for Nature

On World Environment Day (in Volunteers’ week) we’d like to celebrate the achievements of people doing their bit to improve where we live for everyone. These are exceptional times and nature is sending us a message: To care for ourselves we must care for nature. There are so many people

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Handsworth Wood Youth Group Deliver Essential Supplies

Handsworth Wood Youth Group have been delivering food parcels and hot meals to key workers and vulnerable people within the community. They also provide a shopping service for people who are unable to get to the shop. Over the last three weeks their growing team of dedicated volunteers have helped

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Everyday Wild Challenge Weekly roundup

Social distancing is a vital measure which will help slow the spread of Coronavirus. But this doesn’t mean that people must be socially isolated. There are many ways that people can feel socially connected and supported. Being around nature can help reduce negative feelings and make us feel better emotionally.

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Giving Peas a chance

We are making special deliveries of peas to grow at home in the Balsall Heath Area. Beat the isolation blues, grow your own peas and share photos as you plant, watch grow and harvest your crop. The deliveries made by General Public with The Active Wellbeing Society, work within the

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Corn Dogs & getting closer to nature

It’s corn dog season at Swanshurst Park in Billesley! My eleven year old daughter had to explain to me what a corn dog was – if you’re prepared to get muddy they’re just waiting to be picked. If you turn off the path near the lake very soon the ground

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Samina’s story

Big Bike Project runs activities designed for complete beginners to more experienced cyclists. These include Learn to Ride sessions, skills-based sessions to increase confidence in cycling in more challenging environments such as on the road, as well as relaxing Led Rides that allow people to socialise and cycle with others.

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Soraya’s story

Last month, in partnership with Solihull Council and as part of the Active Communities initiative, we launched a new Bike Hub based at North Solihull Sports Centre. Alongside this, Big Bike Project launched new activities including Learn to Ride sessions and Led Rides, enabling residents of North Solihull to start,

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Free cycling sessions in February half term

The Big Bike Project is running free Learn to pedal and Bikeability sessions during half term in: Balsall Heath, Small Heath, Handsworth and Chelmsley Wood, every day from Monday 17th February until Thursday 20th February 2020. Learn to pedal Learn to pedal is a high-quality cycle training course for children

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Active communities LCAN network meeting

Local Community Action Network Meeting

Are you passionate about where you live and what your area is like? Would you like to be involved in making things better? Do you find yourself dreaming about ways it could be better? Come along to the next Active Communities LCAN Network Meeting takes place Monday 2nd March 6.30pm

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Grass Roots tree planting

Grass Roots is an initiative to make being ‘wild’ accessible to all communities in Birmingham and Solihull. By developing activities with the community, people have the power to create long term change and they can enjoy the many benefits of having a cleaner, greener place to live. The aims of

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From Depression to Action -Salma’s Story

Salma talks to us about the benefits of time attending our classes. Talking Art de-stresses me. It’s my time on a Friday. First, I get to do the aerobics class, then afterwards I come to the Talking Art. It’s brilliant. I made new friends. I found out about this center

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Some inspiration to help you beat Blue Monday

Blue Monday is, apparently, the most depressing day of the year. But it doesn’t have to be! Why not reclaim Blue Monday as the day you decide to start something new with The Active Wellbeing Society; whether that’s exercise, social activity, or a combination of both. Need some inspiration to

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Free cycling activities set to launch in North Solihull

A new Bike Hub, based at North Solihull Sports Centre, is set to offer free cycling and wellbeing activities for adults and children thanks to the Active Communities initiative led by The Active Wellbeing Society in partnership with Solihull Council Delivered by the Big Bike Project, and funded by Sport

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Our Streets, Our School.

Road closure event in Kings Heath Who cares if there aren’t enough glue sticks? We talk to children at Kings Heath Primary School about the pending road closure, their campaign and life at school.   Many schools around Birmingham and the rest of the UK are closing Friday afternoons in a

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