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)
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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
This is our first year as the Active Wellbeing Society – here’s a quick review of what we’ve been doing:
The Active Wellbeing Society is a Community Benefit Society. We recognise that the parts of our community who are most in need are often most excluded from influence, and will be working to change that for our Citizens.
Recent research conducted by University of Birmingham and Birmingham Race Action partnership showed how we have been able to reach a diverse audience, a sense of combined community purpose and create a fertile space for working together.W
The Big Birmingham Bikes programme has been recognised for its environmental impact in reduction of the effects of congestion and pollution as well as its health benefits. Programmes like Active Parks, Active Streets, Run Birmingham are bringing opportunities to be active into places that otherwise would have not been considered spaces where such opportunities existed.
We want to change hearts and minds on bigger issues like impact on Air Quality and people’s rights to breath clean air in the communities. Many of our interventions are achieving economic impacts by bringing people closer to and into the work. Our Active programmes have opportunities to volunteer, gain skills and employ people to work directly in our own communities where it is needed most.
Wellbeing activities have health benefits, and we will continue to innovate with communities to develop new activities and programmes to develop social prescription and targeting access to opportunities to be active supporting health and wellbeing.
Here’s wishing you all a happy and healthy new year!
As you may already know, a lot of the work that we at The
Active Wellbeing Society is to do is with people starting out on their exercise
journey. With Run Birmingham, we work to support those taking their first steps
and often have Couch to 5k running programmes taking place across throughout
the year. If you don’t know much about the programme, it’s basically a good
introduction into running and you start with lots of walking and just a little
bit of light running to get you going.
In those early weeks, it’s about using your legs in a
different way and engaging different muscles. I’m not going to lie, it will
probably hurt a little as you’re using muscles that you probably didn’t even
know you had but it is well worth it!
Lots of things will probably come into your head, “my feet/legs
hurt”, “I can’t breathe”, “I can’t run”, “what
will people think if they see me out trying to run?”, “I’m too
slow”. All of these things are absolutely normal and pop into most
people’s minds. It’s something new and it’s ok to recognise there’s a bit of
fear. Remember, when you start something new you need to learn how to do it.
You’re not going to be a top athlete just because you’ve decided you’re going
to run. Also look to the reason you decided to start, and try to see ahead to
how you will feel once you achieve your goal.
Once you complete a session you will hopefully feel a sense
of pride and satisfaction. You’ve just achieved something you didn’t think that
you could. It’s your first building block, so the following session when you
return, try to remember how you felt at the beginning of the previous session
and remember, you can do it, you’ve done it before!
It can take a little while to settle in when you start running and it’s always
ok to walk if you need to. The programme builds slowly so initially it’s about
learning to use your legs differently, what to do with your arms and how to
breathe when you have a slight bounce in your step. It can feel a slow process
but I promise you, that you will be making progress.
It’s good to check in with your body from session to
session. You’ll find that something that was hurting before might not be
hurting as badly the next time or you go a little further or a little faster.
This usually happens without you noticing and as a Run Activator I like to
highlight this so you can see the changes are coming.
A great thing to do is to get a jar and fill it with notes
of your successes. Don’t forget, you’re already winning by putting your
trainers on and stepping outside of the front door intended to get moving. This
is a great tool to keep motivated as when you recognise the small successes,
they soon become big!
S from Shard End, Couch to 5k, week 4, run 1.
“I can’t believe I’ve just run for 5 minutes and my back isn’t
you are interested in opportunities to exercise The Active Wellbeing Society
can help you, check out our activities here
The Active Wellbeing Society works to improve the wellbeing of the most deprived citizens in our city delivering projects such as Active Streets, Big Birmingham Bikes, Active Parks and Run Birmingham. (more…)
Birmingham played a key role one hundred years ago in women gaining the vote – ‘Represent’ is a new community heritage project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to explore the impact on the lives of Birmingham’s people now and then.
Join us for Mince Pies and a Crowd Catch Up in Handsworth. The Active Communities team would like to invite you to a festive gathering to help shape the community activity plan that has been designed to address the top issues you voted on earlier this year.
Tuesday 18th December 2018,6.00pm-7.30pm, Play Centre attached to Handsworth Wellbeing Centre, Holly Road, Birmingham, B20 2BY