Mark’s story

Wear and Share was created in partnership with the Aston Villa Foundation in response to a growing need for access to clothing during the coronavirus crisis. Over the last 10 weeks, Wear and Share have delivered secondhand clothing to over 100 people. One of the recipients, Mark, shared his story

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Wear and Share – Responding to need

Wear and Share is a new project, created in partnership with the Aston Villa Foundation, which collects donations of clothes that have been previously used and loved, and passes them on to new owners. Over the last 10 weeks, Wear and Share have received approximately 700 bags of donated clothing

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Take a walk on the wild side

Spending time outdoors or going for a walk can have a positive effect on our mental and physical wellbeing. Over the last few months, many people have utilised outdoor spaces to exercise, spend time with friends, and just enjoy some time outside the house. We know that physical activity has

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Guest blog: #BrumTogether – We rise by lifting others!

Birmingham is slowly rising again after a national lockdown in March that pretty much paralysed my gorgeous, canal laden city. According to the United Nations, this global coronavirus pandemic has emerged as the most challenging crisis since the Second World War. Schools, offices, factories, construction sites, universities and even taxi

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Streets in Birmingham support their local foodbank

Since March, The Station pub in Kings Heath has served as a local foodbank. The owners, Darren and Adele, have been working with Birmingham Community Solidarity to use their pub as a space to store, sort and distribute essential food supplies to people in need all across Birmingham. With a

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Local examples of sharing to help others

During Covid-19, we have seen lots of examples of sharing within communities. People have been willing to donate food, share tools and volunteer their time. Local community WhatsApp groups, posters offering support, and mutual aid groups have sprung up to check in with neighbours and arrange donations and deliveries of

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The Active Wellbeing Society: Outdoor Activity Update

Following Government announcements on the easing of social distancing restrictions and lockdown measures, we wanted to give you an update on where we stand on outdoor activity. Over the last few weeks, the government has approved the restarting of outdoor activity within social distancing guidelines, the new guidance allows people

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Reflections on Virtual Wellbeing

Prior to Covid-19, The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) delivered a range of free and accessible activities, including Tai Chi and Dance Fitness, in parks, green spaces and indoor venues across the city. Back in March, when social distancing measures meant that face-to-face activities were no longer possible, we acted quickly

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Guest blog: Outside-In Brum

Did you know, in Birmingham, 77% of visits to the natural environment are by white people, despite only making up 58% of the population? Had you noticed that Park groups are mainly run by elderly people, with activities mainly targeted towards young families and the retired? So, what causes these

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A day in the life of a volunteer – David Newsome

David Newsome and his wife Jane have been volunteering with #BrumTogether for the last two months. On Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, they both deliver food parcels to homes in Alum Rock, Washwood Heath, Saltley, Small Heath, Ward End, Yardley and Sheldon. Volunteers have been integral to the #BrumTogether food distribution

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Food deliveries gives volunteer, Surjit, purpose to his day

The Oasis Academy in Short Heath has been working with the Erdington Covid-19 volunteer group to  provide vulnerable residents with hot food and food parcels throughout the lockdown. The deliveries are being made by a team of volunteers, which includes Erdington resident, Surjit, who has autism. With the help of

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Reflections on food distribution

For the last 13 weeks, The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) have paused our normal activities and refocused our work to provide relief and support to Birmingham residents in need. TAWS have been coordinating the community food response to Covid-19 in Birmingham, which has seen a network of over 70 organisations

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