Air Quality on Clean Air Day

What our air quality looks like

To mark this day, additionally to events and workshops in and around our schools, Active Communities planned an air quality relay using it’s Air Quality Monitors with the aim of mapping air quality in as much of the city as possible. The aim was be to get as many people to use the air quality monitors as possible in a single day to increase the data available.


Running a Centre – ‘What makes it is the Volunteers’

Active Communities team took Kings Heath Community Centre Friends Group to visit Bristol to see how Community Centres were being run there outside of Local Authority control – here’s what they said:

12th July 2019  |  Marcus Belben

Active Communities Across South Birmingham & Solihull

What’s stopping children biking to school?

Over two weeks in June the Active Communities team surveyed nearly 1000 children at Primary Schools across Birmingham to see how they have traveled to school and how they would have liked to travel and the difference is pretty striking:


Active Communities in Handsworth, Lozells and Aston

Sign up to Birmingham’s biggest free summer holiday activities programme

Families across Birmingham can now register for Happy Healthy Holidays this summer, where kids and teens can learn to cook and get active.

This free holiday food and fun activity programme will be delivered at over 100 local venues in Birmingham. Sessions will include a healthy snack and meal, catering for all dietary needs.

If you are interested in the programme and want to join, visit: or register directly with the club providers. More details on the different providers can also be found online.

Children over the age of 13 who want to take part in Happy Healthy Holidays can register their details themselves. For children under the age of 13 a parent or guardian will need to register them.

Caroline Wolhuter, Head of Innovation and Impact at Accord Housing Association, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for families across Birmingham, particularly those who find summers challenging in terms of being able to access affordable nutritious healthy food and fun physical activities; they also provide a wonderful opportunity to learn new things and make new friends.

“If you’re interested in joining us, I would encourage you to sign up sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.”

Happy Healthy Holidays secured £2million funding from the Department for Education earlier this year, and will be running activity days across all of Birmingham’s ten districts this summer aiming to help 18,000 children.

The programme aims to increase and improve the quality of holiday provision, and to help families access affordable food and activities during the school summer holidays.

The initiative forms the largest of the Department for Education’s Holiday Activity and Food Pilot Programmes this summer, and builds on Accord’s experience of taking action in this area over the last six years.

Tim Boyes, Chief Executive at Birmingham Education Partnership, said: “Birmingham should be thrilled with the opportunity this funding brings. There is compelling evidence for how positive engagement and healthy eating through the summer can make a big difference to our children. The ambition behind this project is great, and a testament to what partnerships can achieve.”

Mike Chamberlain Chief Executive at Sport Birmingham added: “Physical Activity levels amongst children and young people in Birmingham are below the national average, this investment will enable local communities to provide a great experience for Birmingham’s Children and families by offering fun, free, and accessible activity during the summer holiday period.”

This Accord led consortium is strongly committed to community wellbeing and children’s outcomes in Birmingham, and includes Birmingham Playcare Network, the Active Wellbeing Society, and Sport Birmingham. Accord is also supported by a wider network of partners including, Fareshare, Brakes Meals & More, Birmingham City Council, Severn Trent, Birmingham Education Partnership and the Let’s Cook Project.

3rd July 2019  |  Adeel Khan

Festivals for all our Futures

‘Festivals for Future’ takes place this Saturday 29th June at Kings Heath Community Centre 10am to 8pm and is a collaboration between many organisations interested in how we can work together to tackle global problems locally.  Bringing people together, this event looks at how our local community centre can work for all our futures.


Run Birmingham Recognised as Cross City Heroes

Today our Rookery Runners, from Erdington came together to celebrate the Run Birmingham group being recognised as Cross City Heroes. The team came together for the unveiling of the special plaque that has been placed up in Chester Road Station this week. 

25th June 2019  |  Lavanya Asirvatham

Clean Air – more than a Zone or a Day

Co-operating Well – Free Family Fun Events this Summer

Did you know? The Active Wellbeing Society is part of the co-operative movement.

Co-ops make a difference to people’s lives right around the world. Every year hundreds of co-ops and organisations across the UK work together to promote co-ops during Cooperatives Fortnight.

The Active Wellbeing Society are taking part in Co-op Fortnight 2019 (24th June – 7th July) to share the power of co-operation and celebrate what we can achieve when we co-operate.  We will be working with Co-operative Futures and other local co-ops to promote the impact of co-ops in Birmingham and spread the co-op word.

We are holding 4 Family Fun Days on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July to showcase our work and share our Co-op story.  We’d love you to come along and join us!

Come along and join us for local park based activities and games, food, arts and crafts, food, kids workshops, cycling and much more.

The events take place at:

Ward End Park – Sat 6th July 11am until 1pm

Pype Hayes Park – Sat 6th July 1pm until 3pm

Calthorpe Park – Sun 7th July 1pm until 3pm

Handsworth Park – Sun 7th July 1.30pm until 3.30pm

For more information email or call 0121 728 7030

17th June 2019  |  Adeel Khan