This Girl Can Ambassadors – Tamsin’s Story

As part of our This Girl Can programme, we recently trained seven women to become qualified cycling instructors. They took part in an intensive four-day course, during which they learnt about road safety, cycling standards and teaching techniques. Now, the women are qualified instructors, who will go on to support

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Joint Statement: TAWS will be leaving the Farm

The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) and St. Paul’s Community Development Trust have been in partnership for two years working together to ensure the funding of the Balsall Heath City Farm, as well as working together on the site to bring support and services to the local community in addition to

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Tapiwa’s Story

Tapiwa is an Accident and Emergency Sister at a local hospital. Tapiwa had been going through a rough patch because of lockdown and Covid-19. Her job, which is often very busy, has meant she carried on working during the pandemic, dealing with serious stuff. Tapiwa is currently off work due

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David’s Story

David, aged 72 from Newtown, lives alone and has been feeling quite depressed. David has been struggling with his money, in particular to pay for his gas and electric, and has difficulty reading and writing. David used to spend more time out and about, but because of lockdown, he has to spend

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Nicole’s Story

Nicole, 58, lives in Gravelly Hill with her husband. Nicole has had cancer four times so has a compromised immune system. When Covid hit in March 2020, Nicole was forced to shield and was placed on the City Council’s ‘vulnerable’ list. Her and her husband haven’t been able to go to the

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Laura’s Story

Laura, from King’s Norton, has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair. She fled domestic violence so now lives in social housing, which is unsuitable for her physical disabilities.  She has been unable to move to appropriate accommodation or to get the necessary adaptations made to her current house by her landlord. Laura has

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Carol’s Story-Listen & Connect

Carol, from Sutton Coldfield, has some physical and mental health problems including anxiety, depression, and poor mobility. When we first started speaking to Carol as part of the Listen and Connect service back in October 2020, she had been waiting a long time to get a response from a referral

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Ryan’s Story- Listen & Cycle

Throughout Covid-19, we have been supporting people with practical support and friendly conversations through our Listen and Connect service. As restrictions have eased, we have also began to offer support through physical activity, including walking and cycling, on a one-to-one and small group basis. Ryan has anxiety, depression and PTSD.

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Dan the Skipping Man

Dan The Skipping Man is a company which works with schools and youth centres on education schemes teaching a variety of ages the basics of skipping. They cover skipping skills, how to ‘long rope’, ‘double-Dutch’ and other more advanced types of tricks, and, skipping competitions – making their sessions perfect

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Walk & Talk – Beryl’s Story

We offer a telephone support service, called Listen & Connect, which gives individuals a safe space to chat and feel heard, as well as receive advice and referrals into a wider range of services within The Active Wellbeing Society and among partner organisations. Within Listen & Connect, we also support

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Art’s Story- Social Prescribing

Art was born in Jamaica and lives in Birmingham with his son and his wife. In 2019, he had an accident at work that caused him both physical pain and mental instabilities, which he still experiences today. Art, who sustained neck and back injuries, was initially given some physical therapy

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Fit2Bike Story

In partnership with Cycling UK and BCC, we donated 8 bikes to the Octavius Learning and Development Partnership (OLDP), a group providing support pathways for women to get into building construction. OLDP also help to motivate women to keep active and get into cycling. OLDP Chair, Barbara, contacted us to

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