Category : Reports



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




What it looks like to me





Climate Change – How you can Trump Donald Trump





Camaraderie, Creation, Community at West Park





How we’re helping each other in Smithswood

St. Clements Church, Smithswood

We met Active Communities in Smithswood at St. Clements church this week to talk about how we can help each other to build a more inclusive, active community.  There were some fabulous conversations, recognition for the work already happening and some broad agreement on important issues to the people who came, in particular looking at how we share information and work more effectively together. (more…)

19th November 2018  |  Marcus Belben




Seeds of Hope in Kingshurst

Seeds of Hope, Kingshurst

On a beautiful halloween day we joined Solihull Council, Solihull Active, local organisations, local police and residents of Kingshurst at Seeds of Hope church hall to discuss what we can do to create a happier, stronger community in Kingshurst. (more…)

2nd November 2018  |  Marcus Belben




Portraying people at Birchfield Library





Tackling climate change across Birmingham





Diwali celebrated in Birmingham