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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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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