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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Jakie’s Group at Cotteridge Farm

I’m Jackie, a Social Prescribing Link Worker within Weoley and Rubery PCN in South Birmingham and The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS). In April 2021, I set up the Cotteridge Park Walking Group, to support patients who were experiencing issues including isolation, loneliness, anxiety and depression. The group is now made

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Peter Bakare GB Volleyball Olympian

Former GB Volleyball Player Visits Bring it on Brum Summer Holiday Activities This Summer, The Active Wellbeing Society are working with the Department for Education, Birmingham Voluntary Service Council, Birmingham City Council, and Street Games as part of Bring it on Brum to provide free activities for children aged 5-13 years in local parks

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Leah’s Story- Leisurely Led Ride

In May, Leah joined the This Girl Can Leisurely Led Ride on Monday evenings at Edgbaston Reservoir. The led ride is a women-only session, with a ride leader, where women can cycle around the reservoir at their own pace. Its part of our This Girl Can activities, funded by Sport

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Meredith’s Story

Meredith has never really been into fitness and running, ‘I had not run since I was at school. And I’m 50 now’, but when lockdown began last year, she started running round the block with her daughter each morning.   Her daughter’s football team had encouraged the players to run a kilometre

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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 someone

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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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