How Active Communities brings folk together in Solihull

On Friday we were next door to Planet Ice to meet Hobs Moat and Greenhill Active Communities with Solihull Council, to better understand the assets locally and listen to ideas on how we can develop happier, stronger communities and get people active.  At the event itself two local people met for

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Grans run too – Cheryl’s Run Birmingham Story

Here’s Cheryl, 44 from Birmingham. This is her Run Birmingham story: “I volunteer for the Real Junk Food Project here in Birmingham and that got me thinking about my health and wellbeing. I was focusing on what I was eating but I couldn’t remember the last time I did any

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What it looks like to me

Saheli women have been participating in a weekly photography course working towards a visual exhibition representing a diary of their lives – Visualising Women’s Voices.

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Drawing another souper partnership

Villa Cross Soup Kitchen provides a hot meal, clothing, advice and assistance to people in need.  We joined Ben Jones, cartoonist giving away cartoon portraits, and spent Tuesday lunchtime chatting with people there.

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Ways to stay healthier this winter

As the weather takes a turn for the cold outside, winter needn’t be the unhealthiest time of year for you and your family. Here are some tips and tricks to help you stay fit and healthy even if you want to stay under the duvet and hibernate, you can keep

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Camaraderie, Creation, Community at West Park

The 2010 parliament report on the ageing population  declared ‘By 2050 one in-four of the UK population will be aged 65 and over.’ Elders at West Park Community Centre led half term family fun – art activities and games with local families over two days.

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How we’re helping each other in Smithswood

We met Active Communities in Smithswood at St. Clements church this week to talk about how we can help each other to build a more inclusive, active community.  There were some fabulous conversations, recognition for the work already happening and some broad agreement on important issues to the people who came,

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Climate change beyond Climathon

How do we combat climate change? Climathon addressed the challenges in a 24 hour global ‘hackathon’ in Birmingham and over 150 cities worldwide. Traditional approaches are not working, so what can we do, and how can we encourage more people to join us in tackling climate change?

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How Sadaf discovered her healthy habit

Here’s Sadaf, 41 from Birmingham. Before she came across our running project, Sadaf says she never believed she could become a runner and struggled to run for 30 seconds without feeling out of breath. Here’s her running story… “I was feeling really stressed so I began walking with friends in the

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Ride active

Ride Active is a partnership between British Cycling and Big Birmingham Bikes, aimed at providing fun, social cycling practice activities for adults, in safe, secure environments such as parks and multi-use games areas. These sessions allow you to practice and improve your skills, cycle in a group and meet other

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Lest we forget

Birmingham remembers the role of it’s citizens in World War One in this week, one hundred years since it’s end.  This weekend saw a huge children’s concert at the Genting Arena in Birmingham performed entirely by over 3000 children and drawn from regions across the UK.  Many more events will be happening

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Seeds of Hope in Kingshurst

On a beautiful halloween day we joined Solihull Council, Solihull Active, local organisations, local police and residents of Kingshurst at Seeds of Hope church hall to discuss what we can do to create a happier, stronger community in Kingshurst.

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West Park Community Fundays

On Monday and Tuesday 29th and 30th October, 11am to 3pm join us for Community Fundays with Art and Craft workshops led by local people and Artists at the West Park Community Centre.

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