Category : Reports



The difference between a game and a sport





M.E. One Soldier’s Fight Back





Planning parking and clean air

Dr. Xand with children campaigning for Clean Air on Kings Heath High Street

Juyoung Lee, our intern at The Active Wellbeing Society from Seoul Korea, is studying Social Policy at The University of Birmingham. She joined a meeting at Fletchers Bar near Kings Heath’s High Street on Friday 5th April discussing Clean Air. The meeting was hosted by Kings Heath Business Improvement District (BID) Chair, Brett Rehling.

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Friends of Witton Lakes Park





Global Clean Air from Birmingham to Seoul





Drawing thoughts at Shard End Library

We were at Shard End Library at half term making willow wands and drawing portraits with Caricaturist Ben Jones while we chatted. It was a great way to get to know people, find out what they thought about their local area and learn how to make willow wands. Here are some of the comments and great illustrations from the day – thanks to staff at the Library and everyone who took part.

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5th March 2019  |  Marcus Belben




Fun in Meriden Park





I wish this was…





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!





How Active Communities brings folk together in Solihull

On Friday we were next door to Planet Ice to meet Hobs Moat and Greenhill Active Communities with Solihull Council, to better understand the assets locally and listen to ideas on how we can develop happier, stronger communities and get people active.  At the event itself two local people met for the first time, one having cleaned up a street after the the other, a shop manager, had their shop broken in to – a film is now planned working with Solihull College: (more…)

6th December 2018  |  Marcus Belben