Launch of urgent appeal for Birmingham food distribution donations

#BrumTogether, a network of over 80 community organisations and voluntary groups across Birmingham, has launched an urgent appeal to support those hit hardest by Covid-19 and lockdown, as well as struggling families through the school holidays. Nearly 60,000 food parcels have been distributed across the city by The Active Wellbeing

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David’s Story- Community Growing

David was interested in finding a sustainable, social way of growing food in his local area. He had struggled to find a suitable growing space locally or meet other growers he could learn from. Through TAWS, David was able to work with a local community group to reopen a disused

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Claire’s Story- Growing Volunteer

Claire started volunteering at the All Saint’s community garden in Small Heath in February this year. With a passion for growing, gardening and, composting Claire was keen to get involved, lay the groundwork and help get things started with the growing space for local people to take ownership.  Claire feels

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Joe’s Story- Social Prescribing Walking Groups

Joe works in Finance, but as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, he was furloughed and then later made redundant. This meant he had a lot of time on his hands and often felt stuck at home.     He visited his GP for a routine diabetes check-up and as part of the review, the Doctor referred Joe to Grace, a Social

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Working in partnership: the co-operative way

We’re one of 551 co-ops in the West Midlands working together with the community, for the community. Much of the work we’ve done over the last year could not have been possible without working in partnership with others. Throughout lockdown, we’ve been working closely with other co-ops in a combined

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The Uffculme Garden Caring Minds Covid-19 Memorial Orchard

Friday 26th June marked the official opening of the Caring Minds Memorial Orchard at the Uffculme Centre near to Kings Heath. We joined people from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) at a moving event to remember all those lost over the last 18 months, including staff members, service users, carers and family members. This event allowed us all to reflect

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Shakila’s Story

Shakila discovered the ladies social running group at Trittiford Mill Park earlier this year and has started the Couch to 5k training programme. She said that being part of the group has ‘been my saviour during covid’. Shakila is a stay-at-home mum who looks after her two young children. As

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Bikes on Prescription – Damien’s Story

The Active Wellbeing Society have been working with health partners to distribute free bikes to patients across the city. The bikes are recommended to patients whose physical and mental health would see the greatest benefit from access to a bike.  One of the patients who was referred to the scheme was Damien, who has anxiety and has

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Co-op Fortnight and the power of co-operation

As part of Co-op Fortnight, we’re reflecting back on the last year and how, as a co-operative working with communities, we pulled together in collaboration to support each other. The Covid-19 pandemic has had an extraordinary, far-reaching effect across the globe. It was something we could never have prepared for

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Loneliness Awareness Week – David’s Story

Many of us have felt lonely and socially isolated this year. Almost half of the UK population said that they experience feelings of loneliness at times. The Covid-19 pandemic has made it much harder for us to maintain important social connections, with some people losing all forms of physical contact with others. Even with

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Halema’s Story

Halema was a very active person, but after developing drug resistant tuberculosis and having two children she became sedentary. She explained, ‘my body had a really, really bad impact from it. It affected my lungs.’  Being fit and healthy has always been important to Halema. She explained that ‘as the years have gone on, I kept kind of

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Volunteers’ Week 2021 – Emily’s Story

Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity for us to say thank you to volunteers and celebrate their invaluable contribution. Over the course of the pandemic, we have seen an incredible response as Birmingham volunteers stepped forward to support their local communities. Since April 2020, over 1,300 volunteers have given their time to support projects from food distribution to befriending calls, amounting

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