Category : Projects



Backs to the Future?





Immediate Start Jobs at The Active Wellbeing Society

Due to recent funding and significant team expansion, The Active Wellbeing Society are looking for a team of short term interim colleagues to enable us to launch new and exciting initiatives.  Due to the nature of these projects, you need to be able to start immediately.

We are on the lookout for:

  • 4 Project Managers
  • 1 Community Development Worker
  • 2 Administration Support

Some of these opportunities may lead to further employment

Within any of these roles, you’ll be tasked with playing a key role in the delivery of large scale community programmes supporting citizens to bring wellbeing activities into our communities. We have part-time and full-time roles available. Hours can vary depending on the applicant’s availability. The ability to be flexible and responsive is preferred.

The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) is an independent community benefit society which works with some of the poorest communities in Birmingham to improve people’s health and wellbeing through physical activity.

Its mission is to: Use physical activity, guided by innovation, collaboration and insight, to do the collaborating and development required to create stronger and more resilient communities

How to apply

If you have experience of working in similar roles, these are prime opportunities to advance your career, deliver vital programmes and make a real difference to peoples’ lives.

We’re looking for people who are passionate about community, thrive on being given responsibility and ready to be part of a strong and dedicated team. In return we offer competitive salary and benefits package alongside a rewarding role that you won’t find anywhere else!

To apply for any of the above roles, please send your CV and covering letter by return to jobs@theaws.org or if you have a specific enquiry please call 0121 728 7030.

About The Active Wellbeing Society

The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) is a charitable Community Benefit Society, which means that it is owned by its members and established for the benefit of the community. It has charitable purposes and is treated as a charity by HMRC. All assets are “locked” for the benefit of the communities that TAWS serves.  This ensures that our investment and services are maintained and cannot be for private benefit.

The model enables us to work in a way which is collaborative with our communities, providing a one member one vote model to make decisions democratically and ensure that what we offer is always of the time, inclusive and relevant. 

The Society was developed out of the successful Wellbeing Service set up by Birmingham City Council in June 2015. It has an outstanding track record of innovation, collaboration, citizen engagement and successful delivery, within the Council, and by going independent in 2018, TAWS was able to build on this foundation and unlock new sources of funding to support its further growth and development. 

15th April 2019  |  Adeel Khan




Action Day at Georges Park





Birmingham’s Sunday Share Re-boot!

Rea Street South

It was a sad day to see our Sunday Carboot sale close after 40 years of service, but Active Streets working with Friction Arts have developed the carboot concept and re-booted it to start Birmingham Sunday Share! That’s right – it’s time to revive and renew something that has been held very dear to the heart of many in Birmingham. (more…)





Street parties across Birmingham for Royal Wedding





Going WILD in Birmingham





Green Flags and Green Shoots in Northfield





Wild Brum – Feeling Green?

Planting on Swan CornerAlice T from Active Streets writes:

With Birmingham being one of the greenest cities in the U.K, we want to expand this legacy and carry it through from our larger spaces to our local residential streets. (more…)

27th September 2017  |  Marcus Belben




Interview with John Hill-Daniel, from Playing Out to Active Streets

Playing Out began in Birmingham 2013. Here’s an interview with John Hill-Daniel who helped coordinate in those early years.

How did you find out about Playing out?

I first heard about Playing Out in Bristol online, on Facebook I think. I was already running the Space Explorers community project with funding from Near Neighbours, but struggling to find ways to engage people in exploring and improving their local area. Around that time I attended a memorial march for Hope Fennell on Kings Heath High Street and it was there, while talking to Marcus Belben about the idea of a project with local schools to engage pupils, parents and local residents in discussions around road use and safety, (which became ‘Car Culture‘) that we first discussed the idea of bringing Playing Out to Birmingham.

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26th May 2017  |  Marcus Belben




Playing out spreading out

It’s great to be a part of the larger playing out community – in the UK, Leeds, Bristol, Hackney and a few other places are all working with their councils to make playing happen on streets.  Even though Birmingham is implementing a slightly different model from the way street play and others are organised, it’s great to learn from their example:

Playing Out is a not-for-profit national organisation providing free resources and advice for residents about enabling street play. As well as instructional videos and a step-by-step ‘manual for organisers’, you can download template posters and other materials or contact them directly for advice.

They provide a free source of inspiration and advice for residents who want to close their streets and also have a national (closed) Facebook group for residents to discuss issues and to inspire each other.  We also encourage Birmingham folk to join our Facebook groups, or start your own for mutual support – KHMPlayingOut for Kings Heath & Moseley and Active Streets for all of Birmingham.

Daniella Radice from Playing out

Daniella Radice from Playing out

There’s a mailing list for officers setting up play streets or thinking about setting up play streets across the UK, and Active Streets will be sending to Birmingham Street Organisers a newsletter from other street organisers across the UK.  We’re also supported by Daniella Radice, whose role is to grow the street play movement across the UK over the next two years and is keen to find as many ways as she can to support people who are implementing it.

“I am looking forward to working with existing activators and residents as well as enthusing lots of new people to join our movement. I will be working with local authorities to help them make street play possible in their areas, and am keen to talk to any particularly helpful council officers that you might know. I would also love to talk to you about your experiences, and hear your ideas.”

Website: www.playingout.net email: hello@playingout.net Tel: 0117 9537167

17th May 2017  |  Marcus Belben