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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Tapiwa’s Story

Tapiwa is an Accident and Emergency Sister at a local hospital. Tapiwa had been going through a rough patch because of lockdown and Covid-19. Her job, which is often very busy, has meant she carried on working during the pandemic, dealing with serious stuff. Tapiwa is currently off work due

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David’s Story

David, aged 72 from Newtown, lives alone and has been feeling quite depressed. David has been struggling with his money, in particular to pay for his gas and electric, and has difficulty reading and writing. David used to spend more time out and about, but because of lockdown, he has to spend

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Nicole’s Story

Nicole, 58, lives in Gravelly Hill with her husband. Nicole has had cancer four times so has a compromised immune system. When Covid hit in March 2020, Nicole was forced to shield and was placed on the City Council’s ‘vulnerable’ list. Her and her husband haven’t been able to go to the

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Laura’s Story

Laura, from King’s Norton, has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair. She fled domestic violence so now lives in social housing, which is unsuitable for her physical disabilities.  She has been unable to move to appropriate accommodation or to get the necessary adaptations made to her current house by her landlord. Laura has

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Carol’s Story-Listen & Connect

Carol, from Sutton Coldfield, has some physical and mental health problems including anxiety, depression, and poor mobility. When we first started speaking to Carol as part of the Listen and Connect service back in October 2020, she had been waiting a long time to get a response from a referral

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Ryan’s Story- Listen & Cycle

Throughout Covid-19, we have been supporting people with practical support and friendly conversations through our Listen and Connect service. As restrictions have eased, we have also began to offer support through physical activity, including walking and cycling, on a one-to-one and small group basis. Ryan has anxiety, depression and PTSD.

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Dan the Skipping Man

Dan The Skipping Man is a company which works with schools and youth centres on education schemes teaching a variety of ages the basics of skipping. They cover skipping skills, how to ‘long rope’, ‘double-Dutch’ and other more advanced types of tricks, and, skipping competitions – making their sessions perfect

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Walk & Talk – Beryl’s Story

We offer a telephone support service, called Listen & Connect, which gives individuals a safe space to chat and feel heard, as well as receive advice and referrals into a wider range of services within The Active Wellbeing Society and among partner organisations. Within Listen & Connect, we also support

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