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Hope, Change and Grow





Active Communities in Meriden Park





Birmingham’s Markets Valued





Active Communities Pilot in Birmingham and Solihull awarded £9.72* million national lottery grant from Sport England

An innovative partnership involving a range of organisations across Birmingham and Solihull has secured £9.72m* of National Lottery funding from Sport England to deliver Active Communities a new vision to tackle physical inactivity in Birmingham and Solihull, reaching the population of over 450,000 people.

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4th February 2019  |  Tina Bold




Half Term Activities

FREE Half Term Activities from Big Birmingham Bikes

Monday 18th February to Thursday 21st February
Children’s learn to ride a bike/ Bikeability Sessions

*Handsworth Wellbeing Centre, *Shard End Wellbeing Centre, *Calthorpe Hub and Sheldon Country Park

Bring your own bike if you have one, this will be checked for roadworthiness.
*There is also an opportunity to loan a children’s bike for 6 months from our ‘Bike Bank’ to those children living within an eligible postcode area, please ask for details upon booking your child’s place.
For level 2 courses your child must be able to ride a bike (minimum age 7). Level 2 Courses are held over 2 days (you must attend both sessions) – Choose from the dates below:

Parents must accompany children for these sessions.

  1. Mon and Tues Morning – Start: 10.00am (registration at 9.45am) Finish:12.15pm
  2. Mon and Tues Afternoon – Start:12.45pm (registration at 12.30pm) Finish: 3.00pm
  3. Wed and Thurs Morning – Start: 10.00am (registration at 9.45am) Finish 12.15pm
  4. Wed and Thurs Afternoon – Start: 12.45pm (registration at 12.30pm) Finish: 3.00pm

There is no minimum age for level 1 and learn to ride, the minimum age for level 2 is 7. Level 2 Bikeability sessions are held on-road with fully qualified instructors. Please see details below of times for each session.

10-12.15 am
Group 1 x 6 kids   Level 1/2
10-12.15 am Group 1 x 6 kids   Level 2 10-12.15 am Group 3 x 6 kids   Level1/2 10-12.15 am
Group 3 x 6 kids
Level2
12.45-3pm 
Group 2 x 6 kids   Level 1/2
12.45-3pm 
Group 2 x 6 kids   Level 2
12.45-3pm  
Group 4 x 6 kids   Level 1/2  
12.45-3pm 
Group 4 x 6 kids   Level 2
Learn To Ride
x 3 kids
10-12am
Learn To Ride
x 3 kids
10-12am
Learn To Ride
x 3 kids
10-12am
Learn To Ride
x 3 kids
10-12am
Level 1
x10 Kids 
12.30-2.30pm    
Level 1
x10 Kids
12.30-2.30pm  
Level 1
x10 Kids
12.30-2.30pm  
Level 1
x10 Kids
12.30-2.30pm  

Supported by Run Birmingham, Active Parks and Active Streets
Bookings Essential: Telephone: 0121 464 1020 or email: bigbirminghambikes@theaws.org





Hope & Change in Sparkbrook & Balsall Heath





Community Fun Day

Come and join us for free family fun at Highfield Farm Recreation Ground. Activities will include games, litter picking/clean up – hot food is available.

Everyone is welcome and there are fun free activities for all ages

Date:Sat 9th Feb 19

Location: Highfield Farm Recreation Ground, Highfield Lane, Quinton, Birmingham B32 1QX

30th January 2019  |  Tina Bold




Local Community Action Officer

Team TAWS

The Active Communities project is looking to employ a Local Community Action Officer to work in and with the citizens of Shard End, Smiths Wood, Kingshurst, Fordbridge, Chelmsley Wood, Glebe Farm and Tile Cross.

Salary – £22,000 – £25,000 a year (36.5hrs a week/flexible/secondment)

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21st January 2019  |  Marcus Belben




A chance to deliver summer holiday activities & meals

The Department of Education has announced grants to fund the local co-ordination of free holiday activities and healthy food for disadvantaged children during 2019 summer holidays.  The aim of this is to support local organisations strengthen both the quality standards and quantity of free holiday activities with healthy food available to low income families.  

Evidence suggests that attending holiday clubs can have a positive impact on children’s attainment, health and wellbeing. This is especially true of clubs that provide enrichment activities as well as meals – and that involve children and parents in preparing healthy food.

A Birmingham consortium with experience in supporting children, young people and families enjoy healthy active lifestyles have come together to apply for this grant.

We are now looking for partners who would be willing to work with us and help deliver 300,000 fun activity days with meals in the summer holidays.  If you are interested to play a part, supported by some level of grant if necessary, please could you complete the following form before Friday 25th January 2019:

Click here

Please note that we are only at the tendering stage so are not able to make any firm commitments to organisations about summer delivery at this stage, but we hope to be in touch with you by early April to confirm next steps.

16th January 2019  |  Adeel Khan




5 Steps to wellbeing

What is the difference between health and wellbeing?

Health is a state of the overall mental and physical state of a person; the absence of disease. Whereas wellbeing is a way of life that aims to enhance well-being and refers to a more holistic whole-of-life experience which also includes emotional and spiritual aspects of life.

Can we tempt you to consider what they mean for you and what simple actions and changes you would like to make in your own life to improve your day to day wellbeing? They will make you feel good and feeling good about yourself and others which is a really important part of being healthy.

1. Connect…

With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Every friend you have stated out as someone you didn’t know

Invest time in developing new and existing connections, building these will support and enrich you every day.

2. keep Learning…

Ask yourself “if money were no issue, what would I want to spend my life doing? Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course.. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.  Sure, you might feel awkward in the new environment at first, but great things never came from comfort zones.

3. be Active…

Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness. We have thousands of hours of free activities in our parks, open spaces and wellbeing centres so there is something for everyone

Find an activity near you

4. take Notice…

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savor the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

5. Give …

Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, as linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you. Try something new