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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:

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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





Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year!

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!





Councillor Lisa Trickett appointed The Active Wellbeing Society Chair

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…)

17th December 2018  |  Tina Bold




One Hundred Years of Representing Birmingham

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.

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14th December 2018  |  Marcus Belben




Mince Pies and catch up in Handsworth

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

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12th December 2018  |  Dee Manning




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Ways to stay healthier this winter

As the weather takes a turn for the cold outside, winter needn’t be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you stay fit and healthy even if you want to stay under the duvet and hibernate, you can keep healthy and fit, no matter what the weather’s like. (more…)

21st November 2018  |  Tina Bold




Ride active

Ride Active is a partnership between British Cycling and Big Birmingham Bikes, aimed at providing fun, social cycling practice activities for adults, in safe, secure environments such as parks and multi-use games areas.

These sessions allow you to practice and improve your skills, cycle in a group and meet other cyclists.

Activities include:

  • fun circuits
  • traffic free laps
  • off-road led rides
  • activities to develop basic cycling skills
  • social activities
  • short on-road led rides.
  • get pedalling for beginners

Ride Active sessions will incorporate a Led Ride which anyone who wants to improve their confidence or abilities is welcome to book onto . To book a place or to see any age restrictions visit http://bit.do/RideActive