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Mental Health First Aid England

Mental Health First Aid is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

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26th April 2017  |  Tina Bold

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Run Birmingham – off the couch and into your city

RunBham_FINAL 479 x 359Get Together…..Feel Better…..Run Birmingham

Come along and join in  – every one is welcome

2km or 5km run, jog or walk ideal for all ages and abilities – FREE weekly activity.

Wednesday’s 9.30 – 10.30am at Aston Park, Trinity Road, Aston. B6 6JD

For more information please contact us:



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Thursdays 5.30pm—6.30pm

Meet at the play area Farnborough Fields

Wear comfortable clothing and footwear—bring a drink!



28th July 2015  |  Tina Bold

Playing out – Call to Arms

Kings Heath Centre for Space Exploration is once again coordinating efforts to organise a series of Playing out events for National Playday on 6th August 2014.  In 2014 we are looking to double the number of streets closed to traffic, open to play, from 3 last year, to more than 6 this year.  Happening, as it does, two days after the centenary of the start of World War One, we will begin the day with a game of football near the war memorial on Wheelers Lane – see more here.

Our next meeting is 9:15 Thursday 22nd May Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath.

“Playing Out” is street play led by neighbours for neighbours and only publicized within the immediate streets.  Residents close their road to traffic for a couple of hours, usually around the time children are coming home from school. This gives safety and freedom of movement to young and old alike, with volunteer stewards at each road closure point to redirect traffic.

Playing out is about free, unstructured play and people usually bring their own toys. Children are given the space and permission to play in the street, whilst adults have the chance to meet and get to know their neighbors better and experience a car-free street.

Here’s how it looked last year: 

Ingredients for playing out:

1 residential street
1 organiser
1 helper
4 or more stewards
neighbours and children
The Playing Out website

The streets that have expressed an interest so far are Albert Road, Bank Street, Goldsmith Road, Lewis Road, Peacock Road, Wheelers Lane, Woodville Road, Valentines Road.

Playing out is supported by Birmingham City Council (arranging Road closures, Fair Brum support), Amey (diversion signs etc), Musicmakers (short music workshops), Kings Heath Library (storytelling workshops)and Parks4Play (creative inclusive play support).

For further background information, the Birmingham Social Inclusion Process White Paper, ‘Making Birmingham an Inclusive City’, includes recommendations around developing more open spaces and developing a “Right to Play” campaign. You can download this document from the Fairbrum blog.

If you’d like to keep updated with the project, please visit or join the organisers google group mailing list.  Here’s a few photos from last year:


20th May 2014  |  Marcus Belben

Organise for playing out

It was a rainy day, but didn’t dampen resolve on Kings Heath Square to close more streets next year and open them for play.

We were well supported by Parks for Play and Hall Green Arts, providing a range of creative activities, and two previous street coordinators were there to answer questions over a cuppa from All Saints Cafe.  Sue from Fairbrum and Jenny, newly in post from Sustrans, were also there to answer questions and support new street playouts in the new year.

Here’s a few photos from the day:

Blowing bubbles and making wishes for next year

Blowing bubbles and making wishes for next year

Making wind socks with Janet Hetherington

Making wind socks with Janet Hetherington

Making a noise on the square

Making a noise on the square


Magic willow wands

Magic willow wands

Louise and Lucia meet new playing out organisers

Louise and Lucia meet new playing out organisers


Playing in the car ready for conversion to street cinema

Playing in the car ready for conversion to street cinema




2nd November 2013  |  Marcus Belben