Category : News and Events



Clean Air – more than a Zone or a Day





Humans on the Heath

It’s the people that make an area – and in Balsall Heath and Sparkbrook there are some wonderful people from all walks of life, who have plenty of stories to share! Inspired by the Social Media phenomenon ‘Humans of New York’, we’ve collated some portraits of people living, loving and working in our neighbourhood – Humans on the Heath from our launch event at City Farm, Balsall Heath:

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The difference between a game and a sport





Immediate Start Jobs at The Active Wellbeing Society

Due to recent funding and significant team expansion, The Active Wellbeing Society are looking for a team of short term interim colleagues to enable us to launch new and exciting initiatives.  Due to the nature of these projects, you need to be able to start immediately.

We are on the lookout for:

  • 4 Project Managers
  • 1 Community Development Worker
  • 2 Administration Support

Some of these opportunities may lead to further employment

Within any of these roles, you’ll be tasked with playing a key role in the delivery of large scale community programmes supporting citizens to bring wellbeing activities into our communities. We have part-time and full-time roles available. Hours can vary depending on the applicant’s availability. The ability to be flexible and responsive is preferred.

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

Its mission is to: Use physical activity, guided by innovation, collaboration and insight, to do the collaborating and development required to create stronger and more resilient communities

How to apply

If you have experience of working in similar roles, these are prime opportunities to advance your career, deliver vital programmes and make a real difference to peoples’ lives.

We’re looking for people who are passionate about community, thrive on being given responsibility and ready to be part of a strong and dedicated team. In return we offer competitive salary and benefits package alongside a rewarding role that you won’t find anywhere else!

To apply for any of the above roles, please send your CV and covering letter by return to jobs@theaws.org or if you have a specific enquiry please call 0121 728 7030.

About The Active Wellbeing Society

The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) is a charitable Community Benefit Society, which means that it is owned by its members and established for the benefit of the community. It has charitable purposes and is treated as a charity by HMRC. All assets are “locked” for the benefit of the communities that TAWS serves.  This ensures that our investment and services are maintained and cannot be for private benefit.

The model enables us to work in a way which is collaborative with our communities, providing a one member one vote model to make decisions democratically and ensure that what we offer is always of the time, inclusive and relevant. 

The Society was developed out of the successful Wellbeing Service set up by Birmingham City Council in June 2015. It has an outstanding track record of innovation, collaboration, citizen engagement and successful delivery, within the Council, and by going independent in 2018, TAWS was able to build on this foundation and unlock new sources of funding to support its further growth and development. 

15th April 2019  |  Adeel Khan




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




Easter Activities





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