Category : Project Brum



Making an exhibition of your Culture





Glitter, bellyfit and a roadclosure

Charlotte Richardson writes:

After being away with university for a few days I was excited to finally get stuck into my first few sessions with Project Brum. On Saturday 1st July I was up bright and early for the CoCoMAD festival at Cotteridge Park. I had never been to this park or even heard of this festival before so I was a little nervous. Despite the traffic I arrived quite early and so felt a sense of relieve when I spotted the others arriving.

Once everyone had had a quick catch up it was time to unload the van and set up. The set up was quick and easy, with only a little hold back when I hadn’t a clue how to put one of the pieces of equipment together, someone spotted me struggling and helped me and we were back on track. Myself and Elisha were then asked if we could assist at the arts & crafts station and bellyfit sessions. As someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy the heat I jumped at the chance to do something more laid back, that was in the shade and didn’t require me to run around. It was bound to be an easy day.

Oh how I was wrong.  There was an hour or two where only a handful of children came to paint and chatted with us about how many times they had been to the festival or the park itself when all of a sudden so many children arrived we couldn’t move. Between a toddler opening the glitter and pouring it everywhere then another knocking water over everyone I welcomed home time. Don’t get me wrong I had a great day but there’s something about being overly hot and covered in glitter that just makes me crave home.

The next day I was at my first ever road closure for active streets. It was a shorter but just as busy day. Stepping foot onto the street I was instantly transported back to my childhood, the residents had organised a bouncy castle, their own food, drinks, got an ice cream and even the fire brigade brought an engine down for the kids to sit in. After all the negative press around at the minute it was totally rewarding to be part of something that brought a community together.

 

Charlotte Richardson is part of Project Brum, Wellbeing team

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1st August 2017  |  Marcus Belben




Festival on Melton Road!

 

Melton Road was one of the most exciting and action packed events that I have been to, with so many different things going on throughout the whole street. (more…)

29th July 2017  |  Alex Zhang




Active, social, fun!

As a student I have been given the opportunity to participate in an awesome and exciting programme called ‘Project Brum’ which is a programme for students in Birmingham, who provide integral support for the Wellbeing Service.

Confused and perplexed, was the expression on my face on the first day of induction. However, as I had progressed throughout the training course, I had a greater and broader understanding of the service itself. The Wellbeing Service, consists of many different sectors including Active Parks, Active Streets, Big Birmingham Bikes and many more and its main aim includes providing equal opportunities such as access to engaging and social activities, which in turns helps maintain stable mental and physical health. The service in particular focuses on helping citizens from deprived areas located in Birmingham, as many people do not have access to services like the gym, due to financial reasons (45%) as well as health and disability reasons (13.5%). Therefore, this service is AMAZING, as it allows people to access a range of different activities services, from various backgrounds, including residents from the BME/BAME community.

Working around the community and the staff in the Wellbeing service has definitely taught me new things as well as boosting my confidence.

23rd July 2017  |  Syed Rezaul Karim




Knowing our Wellbeing Team

Active Parks have started a summer project called Project Brum, Myself and 10 others have been selected to deliver activities to the public in parks all over Birmingham. These first couple of weeks have been great and provided us with the knowledge of what to do over the next 10 weeks and how to deliver these sessions. I have also got to know more about the people I will be working with and we have been doing various activities during the first week to gain more understanding about what we all do, and the interests we have.

During the two weeks we have had people come in from different departments to discuss what they do and what service they offer to the public. There are different projects and these include Active Parks, Run Birmingham, Active Streets and Big Birmingham Bikes. Some of our team will also get the chance to work in the data team if they wish to do so. During these two weeks we have got the chance to see how sessions are delivered and we went to Summerfield Park to see Steve Fullerton who is an Activator deliver a Tai-Chi session, it was great fun as we all joined in and got to understand how we would set up a session in future. We then went to Stanhope Wellbeing Centre in Highgate and here we got to meet elder members of the community and got them to dance plus we served them lunch. This was an enjoyable and learning experience and I hope to try this again soon.

Overall I have found these two weeks very useful and will help me greatly in the weeks to come as I will be working under Active Parks which I found out recently and this was great news. I now have more knowledge of what the Wellbeing service offers to the public and cannot wait to get out there and get started.

21st July 2017  |  Saeef Ali




My induction week at Project Brum

My first 2 weeks with Project Brum was great as we got to meet our mentors who will be monitoring us and holding weekly meetings with us during our time with Project Brum. As for me and all the new recruits we took part in an ice breaker activity on the first day so we could all learn about each other, as we will be spending the summer of 2017 together delivering activities across Birmingham.

I learnt about all the projects that fit under the umbrella of Active Parks: Park Lives, Big Birmingham Bikes, Active Streets & Run Birmingham to name a few.

We learnt about all the volunteering opportunities that we can participate in to support local people e.g. The Junk food project which gives the people of Ladywood a chance to come and eat and socialise together twice a week. Stanhope Wellbeing Centre is another project based in Highgate which helps elders in the community to have a dance and a hearty lunch to keep them happy and active locally this was great to experience and can’t wait to try it again in the future.

I am now at the end of my second week and I have found my induction to be informative and fun. Because of these two weeks I have a greater understanding of what the Wellbeing Service is about and what is expected of me as part of Project Brum. I look forward to spending the rest of my summer working with the Wellbeing Service across the city.

20th July 2017  |  Mohammed Khan




An AMAZING start to an AMAZING summer !!

What a great Kick off for the summer with project Brum ! With an influx of knowledge from multiple speakers, I have not only thrived in the acquaintance of vital skills for my career, but I  have also established some very strong friendships. The senior leadership team has been very effective in galvansing me for the countless excitements ahead. We’ve had amazing icebreakers throughout the two weeks and yet we’ve learnt crucial analytical skills deemed necessary for Data protection. From reflective Tai chi to innovative posters, we’ve mastered the very essence of teamwork, confidence, communication and presentation – All set to make a difference.

 

19th July 2017  |  Syed Talha




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Activating Project Brum

Active Parks have started a summer project called Project Brum, Myself and 10 others have been selected to deliver activities to the public in parks all over Birmingham. These first couple of weeks have been great and provided us with the knowledge of what to do over the next 10 weeks and how to deliver these sessions. I have also got to know more about the people I will be working with and we have been doing various activities during the first week to gain more understanding about what we all do, and the interests we have.

During the two weeks we have had people come in from different departments to discuss what they do and what service they offer to the public. There are different projects and these include Active Parks, Run Birmingham, Active Streets and Big Birmingham Bikes. Some of our team will also get the chance to work in the data team if they wish to do so. During these two weeks we have got the chance to see how sessions are delivered and we went to Summerfield Park to see Steve Fullerton who is an Activator deliver a Tai-Chi session, it was great fun as we all joined in and got to understand how we would set up a session in future. We then went to Stanhope Wellbeing Centre in Highgate and here we got to meet elder members of the community and got them to dance plus we served them lunch. This was an enjoyable and learning experience and I hope to try this again soon.

Overall I have found these two weeks very useful and will help me greatly in the weeks to come as I will be working under Active Parks which I found out recently and this was great news. I now have more knowledge of what the Wellbeing service offers to the public and cannot wait to get out there and get started.

14th July 2017  |  Saeef Ali




Active Streets whatever the weather

Today was my first event with Birmingham Active streets. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side and had poured it down for pretty much the entire day. But that didn’t knock the confidence of the flood of kids that came running out to get stuck in with the activities and equipment we’d set out. In fact, I’d say they probably had more fun in the rain; whether they were battling it out in the tug of war, trying to hit the elusive bullseye on the archery set or even just smacking a ball around with the tennis/cricket sets. There was always something for them to do, and the fact that they already knew each other already made them all the more competitive and willing to take part.

The only downside of the afternoon (apart from the rain) was the turn-out of the parents and volunteers. We were however fortunate enough to be donated a bag of sand to make a sandpit with, which the kids loved (c’mon, we basically made a beach in their own front gardens if you count the puddles as the sea).

The road, Kinlet Avenue in West Heath, was one-way, making it easy to block the entrance of the road. Although that didn’t stop one rogue taxi driver (who claimed he lived on the road) from driving all the way down the one-way street in the wrong direction and exiting through the road block.

All in all, it was a great first experience despite the setbacks and I really enjoyed myself. Praying for warm, sunny weather for my next event and maybe a few more volunteers to lend a helping hand.

14th July 2017  |  Alex Zhang