At The Active Wellbeing Society, we are delighted to be involved with a special event at the University of Birmingham, designed to open up its spaces to young people. The idea behind Come to Campus – which is running in the first week of the holidays – is to show
The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) has been working to collect the forgotten stories of Tyseley. The storytelling project was designed to shine a light on to the area’s past, and to showcase those tales that may otherwise be lost. We have been working with the local community to capture their
Emma began running in 2017. As a full-time carer for her daughter, Emma was looking for something which could help her decompress. Over the years she has run miles, made friends and raised money for the Smith-Magenis Syndrome Foundation, to support families like hers. Here’s her story in her own
Naeed works with the Social Prescribing team. She shares how she works with people to identify what is most important to them and start solving some problems. She also gives examples of how services have changed or grown through dialogue with service users.
When sight loss and bereavement transformed Lenox’s life beyond recognition—a local walking group helped him recover. Walking with others in nature brought him back to himself— reconnecting him with his body, lifting his mood and inviting him into mutually supportive connection with others. In this story, Lenox reflects on how
Cycling, and bikes are a big part of what we do, so we’re delighted to be taking that work further with the Big Bike Upcycle Revolution. This project is launching on the 18th of June at Sustainability Sunday at the Warehouse Cafe in Digbeth. We want to save bikes from landfill,
We’ve been working in Essex since 2021 on Essex Pedal Power with partners including Active Essex and Essex County Council. The scheme gets bikes out to people who can use them and reduces cycling inequality. In total more than 3,700 bikes will be distributed. One of those to receive a bike
We run a number of Share Shacks across Birmingham – and they’re in need of more stock! The Share Shacks are libraries of things, places where you can borrow something for which cost is a barrier, or that you may not have the space to keep. Currently there’s a permanent location
Artist and inventor, Joe, found the tools, equipment and space he needed in the Share Shack to be even more creative. Introspective and calm, Joe enjoys quietly drawing, repairing or whittling amidst the hustle and bustle of the shared space. Joe believes in the Share Shack ethos of sharing skills
To celebrate the Soil Association’s Plant-to-Share month, we sat down with our Grow and Connect team to see what green space brings them joy. For Jo (Green Spaces Programme Manager) it was her amazing, well-kept garden oasis. “4 years ago, I moved from Moseley to get nearer to the countryside.
The Active Wellbeing Society has teamed up with the hugely popular Warehouse Café in Digbeth to offer a programme of activities throughout the summer and beyond. Sustainability Sundays will have a different theme each month, from sharing, to soil, to growing your own food, and will be open to all.
A small team of patient volunteers have been transforming the garden at a Birmingham GP’s surgery – so much so it’s being entered into Acock’s Green in Bloom! The garden has gone from overgrown and neglected, to cultivated, with raised vegetable beds, planters, a lot less weeds, and an impressive
It’s a blustery Spring Thursday morning at the Share Shack on St Vincent Street in Ladywood. Today, instead of local people browsing items to loan, playing ping pong or learning or sharing skills; the room is full of community partners who are here to get to know one another and
The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) is working with Sense and Flatpack, to bring some special Sensory Cinema sessions to Birmingham. The project – which runs across three dates – will provide free cinema sessions, that absolutely everyone can enjoy. They’re taking place at Sense TouchBase Pears in Selly Oak and
On 28th of February, a flood at Brecon Tower in Ladywood forced 128 people out of their homes and into the emergency shelter at the Community Centre. People turned to the Share Shack for support – kind words and important supplies made all the difference. Alice was one of those
Today on the 9th of March 2023, The Social Prescribing Network are celebrating #SocialPrescribingDay. Highlighting the importance of social prescribing and demonstrating the positive impact it can have on people’s health and wellbeing . At the Active Wellbeing Society, we’re proud to be joining the rest of the social prescribing
With both sadness and gratitude, we announce that Councillor Lisa Trickett (Chair) and John Cornett (Vice-Chair) have stood down from the Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) Board of Trustees after the last five or so years of compassionate stewardship and governance of TAWS. Both Founding Board Members have worked very hard