Community Café Volunteer – Thiago’s Story

Thiago is a journalist from Brazil, who came to Birmingham temporarily to work on a British Red Cross project with refugees. Alongside this, he also decided to volunteer with The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS)’ Community Food Project. Thiago found out about our Big Feed Project’s Community Cafes, and decided to

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Therapeutic Rides – Mary’s Story

Mary enjoys walking, spending time outside and being active. She visited her GP as she was experiencing loneliness and issues with her mental health. The Doctor referred her to one of our Social Prescribing Link Workers, who connected Mary with our Listen & Connect service. Listen & Connect is a

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Afrah’s Story

Kickstart Admin Assistant – Afrah’s Story At The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS), we have recently taken on our fourth and final cohort of Kickstart employees. Kickstart is a Department for Work and Pensions programme which supports young people, aged between 16 and 24 who are at risk of long-term unemployment,

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David Farnworth

David’s background is in the private sector and 3rd Sector and volunteering. He started his working career after leaving The University of Manchester in the public sector working as a social worker in the Northeast of England. David then spent almost 40 in years in the pharmaceutical industry. He initially

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Social Prescribing Day 2022

On 10th March 2022 The Social Prescribing Network are celebrating #SocialPrescribingDay. The event aims to recognising local community groups and projects which have kept us healthy throughout the pandemic and beyond. We want to recognise our amazing Social Prescribing team and our partners (PCNs, OHP) who work so hard to provide patients

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#IWD2022: An Interview with TAWS CEO Karen Creavin

All this week, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day #IWD2022, through stories of inspiring women who are #breakingthebias and motivating the next generation.  Starting with our very own CEO Karen Creavin. She founded The Active Wellbeing Society in 2018, after working on the wellbeing programme at Birmingham City Council. In 2021 TAWS

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Learning to Cycle at 60 – Annie’s Story

At 60-years-old, Annie was struggling with her health, she had severe asthma and was diagnosed with diabetes. After entering into early retirement, her doctor prescribed her a free 12-week gym programme, in hopes of improving her physical health. “I went and started at the gym, and then when I went

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Food Waste Action Week 2022

It’s Food Waste Action Week – a week dedicated to raising awareness of the environmental consequences of wasting food. Did you know around 1/3 of the food we produce worldwide is either lost or wasted, and 45% of domestic waste across Birmingham is food.   There is a lot of food

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Rewilding the Commons: Pathfinders at Druids Heath Village Green

We know that spending time in nature, and feeling connected to our surroundings, can have lots of physical and mental health benefits. The Active Wellbeing Society and the Active Communities programme support local organisations, groups, and communities to reimagine and take ownership of green space, so that their wellbeing benefits

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Sian’s Story – Kickstart Sharing Communities Admin Assistant

  The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) are taking part in the Government’s Kickstart scheme, which provides funding to help employers create jobs opportunities for young people. We have 30 placements in total, during which the Kickstarters are supported to develop skills and experience in the workplace. One of last year’s

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Ben’s Story – Kickstart Cycling Assistant

The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) are providing 30 job opportunities as part of the government’s Kickstart Scheme, which creates six-month job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The scheme aims to support young people to bridge the gap between leaving

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David’s Story- 1 to 1 Social Prescribing Support

David has struggled with mental health difficulties for 28 years. He explained that he could be very low at times and had been feeling very isolated. Recently, David moved to Schoolacre Road Surgery in Shard End, where the GP reviewed his medication and referred him to Lorna, one of our

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Covid December 2021 update

Due to the recent rise of covid cases linked to the Omicron variant the government has updated its guidance. We are monitoring this closely with the safety and wellbeing of our staff and community a priority. We will respond and adapt our activities in accordance to the latest government advice

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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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