Category : Active Communities



New Partnership Gives Hope to City Farm

St Paul’s Community Development Trust are happy to announce that following lengthy discussions with a number of organisations agreement has been reached with The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWs) that will secure the long term viability of the Balsall Heath City Farm.

Threatened with closure since December 2018 St Paul’s have been working with a number of organisations to try to secure the long-term viability of the City Farm. Now agreement has been reached with TAWs which means that the farm which has operated in Balsall Heath for over 40 years will remain open.

Working with St Paul’s TAWs want to create new opportunities for people to become active and engaged in society and there will be a focus on using the farm as a place to bring people together.

Chief Executive of St Paul’s David Cusack said “We are delighted that we have agreed a partnership with The Active Wellbeing Society that keeps our farm open and will allow both children and adults to use the facilities as a place to learn, volunteer, develop new skills and to just enjoy the facility. I’d like to thank TAWs but also the many people who have rallied around to look at ways to secure the farm’s future, we will continue to raise money through the newly established “Friends of the Farm” to improve the facilities at the farm”

The Active Wellbeing Chief Executive Karen Creavin said “ The City Farm is a vital space for children and families in Birmingham. We are really pleased to be able to work collaboratively with St Pauls to ensure that this project has a future and can contribute to the increased wellbeing of our citizens. We are working with Sport England and Birmingham City Council on an initiative called Active Communities. The city farm, and the ongoing partnership with St Pauls, will both be a key element of how Active Communities comes to life in this part of the city”.

The Active Wellbeing Society are working together with The Real Junk Food Project to bring a community kitchen to the Farm, offering meals on a Pay as you Feel able basis. The kitchen will be up and running in time for the summer holidays and will play a vital role tackling food poverty over the summer.

For more information about Balsall Heath City Farm please contact:

Chief Executive David Cusack

David.cusack@stpaulstrust.org.uk.

0121 464 4376

07957 678817





The Great British Spring Clean 2019





Join the Panel

Active Communities are employing more staff, holding assessment days for Local Community Action Officers for different areas of Birmingham. Potential candidates will have been shortlisted, interviews scheduled and now we need your help!

We want local people play a key role in the process to make sure we get the right person for the job and are looking for local people to join the panel.

One Local Community Action (LCAN) Officer will be working with citizens in the following areas:

  • Kingstanding, Perry Common, Stockland Green, Erdington, & Gravelly Hill
Kingstanding, Perry Common, Stockland Green, Erdington, & Gravelly Hill

The Assessment day for the LCAN officer to work in these areas will be on the 16th May, 9.30am-2.30pm.

Another LCAN officer will work with citizens in the following areas:

  • Billesley, Brandwood & Kings Heath, Druid Heath & Monyhull, Highter’s Heath
Billesley, Brandwood & Kings Heath, Druid Heath & Monyhull, Highter’s Heath

The Assessment Day for the LCAN officer to work in these areas will be on the 30th May, 9.30 am-2.30pm.

We are also still looking for panel members in two more areas of Birmingham.

The roles will revolve around organising and motivating people to get involved with local community activities, including social, civic and physical activities.

We want local volunteers to join community panels to hear pitches from candidates and score them. The day will also include an opportunity take part in a group activity which will be facilitated by the potential candidates. To help you get a better idea of the role requirements we have also included the job pack PDFs below:

We will reimburse any travel expenses on the day – bus tickets/car mileage. If transport is a big barrier for you we can also arrange someone to come and collect you!

If you are interested in getting involved please contact us before 9th May by emailing activecommunities@theaws.org or calling us on 0121 728 7030. Please leave a name, your location and phone number and we will call you back to confirm!

Once selected you will be sent venue details and agenda for the day.

4th April 2019  |  Marcus Belben




Exciting New Community Action Officer roles at The Active Wellbeing Society

The Active Wellbeing Society are looking for passionate and enthusiastic individuals to help inspire and encourage communities in Birmingham to become more active.

The new roles aim to organise and motivate people to get involved with local community activities, including social, civic and physical activities. As Local Community Action Officer you will be leading on and helping communities bring about social change and improve the quality of life in their local area.

Four Local Community Action Officer Roles have been created with recruitment deadlines as soon as this Monday! The first two roles with deadlines on 8th April include work in areas such as Sparkbrook, Alum Rock, Bordesley Green, Heartlands, Small Heath, South Yardley, Tysley & Hay Mills, Yardley West & Stetchford, Washwood Heath and Balsall Heath West, Bordesley & Highgate, Ladywood, Nechells, North Edgbaston.

The Active Wellbeing Society are looking for individuals with creative ideas, diverse range of community connections and the ability to motivate and inspire communities.

The roles have been created in order to deliver the ambitions of Sport England’s Active Communities Programme. Birmingham and Solihull are one of 12 Local Delivery Pilots across England that are looking at innovative ways to reduce the levels of inactivity in our most disadvantaged communities.

The postholder will be employed by The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) which is an independent community benefit society and works with some of the poorest communities in Birmingham & Solihull to improve people’s health and wellbeing through physical activity.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 9am on Monday 8th April for the following two roles:

Local Community Action Officer for Sparkbrook, Alum Rock, Bordesley Green, Heartlands, Small Heath, South Yardley, Tysley & Hay Mills, Yardley West & Stetchford, Washwood Heath. Assessment days and Interviews will be held on 23rd & 24th April.

Local Community Action Officer for Balsall Heath West, Bordesley & Highgate, Ladywood, Nechells, North Edgbaston. Assessment days and Interviews will be held on 2nd & 3rd May.

If you would like to apply, please submit a video (no longer than 3 minutes) to jobs@theaws.org that gives us a flavour of how you would work to improve the happiness of local people and shows how you have the skills and connections to answer the questions below (the more creative the better!)

For any queries please contact ActiveCommunities@theaws.org or phone 0121 728 7030.

For other roles visit: https://theaws.co.uk/jobs/

3rd April 2019  |  Adeel Khan




Trafalgar Park Active Communities

Trafalgar Pocket Park

At the end of last month on Wednesday the 20th of March; The Active Well-being Society supported The Accord group to host a community sports and natter day at Trafalgar Road, pocket Park in Balsall Heath/Mosley. The event was centered on creating a discussion with residents to hear their priorities and to find out more about Active Communities.

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2nd April 2019  |  Dominic Gill




Global Clean Air from Birmingham to Seoul





Bosworth and why our playing fields matter





Join the Panel

Active Communities are holding assessment days for Local Community Action Officers for different areas of Birmingham. Potential candidates will have been shortlisted, interviews scheduled and now we need your help!

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18th March 2019  |  Marcus Belben




Youth strike for Climate Change





Drawing thoughts at Shard End Library

We were at Shard End Library at half term making willow wands and drawing portraits with Caricaturist Ben Jones while we chatted. It was a great way to get to know people, find out what they thought about their local area and learn how to make willow wands. Here are some of the comments and great illustrations from the day – thanks to staff at the Library and everyone who took part.

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5th March 2019  |  Marcus Belben