960 grants given out in just one constituency — Spotlight on our Household Support Fund Administrative Team

In October 2021 the Government announced the Household Support Fund, a £500m fund for people in England who were likely to suffer food or fuel poverty over the winter. In Birmingham, the City Council decided to distribute its share of the money directly to households in need. To do this, they chose ten voluntary sector …

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In memory of Bob Teagle

Bob was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer almost a year ago, but in the end his death was relatively sudden. Over the last year we understand he had been telling his friends to be aware of the symptoms of prostate cancer and to see their GP if they had any concerns – and we’d like …

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When services become seamless: a Social Prescribing story

We wanted to share a story from one of our Social Prescribing Link Workers, Deborah. She passed us this patient story as a great example of what happens when services work together to provide patients and clients with seamless support. But first: what is Social Prescribing? Social Prescribing allows GPs and other care staff to …

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Are you an organisation that can you help us make Community Connections? If so please look at this opportunity….

Gateway Family Services along with being joint Lead Facilitator for the Neighbourhood Network Scheme in Edgbaston also oversees the Voluntary Sector Early Help offer.  Early Help is an initiative led by Birmingham Children’s Partnership in association with third sector partners and it’s aim is to provide services and support to make life a little easier …

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Martineau Gardens receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

One of the longest running Community Gardens in Birmingham, Martineau Gardens, has been recognised for its commitment to the community, receiving the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. The Gardens have been described by visitors as ‘an oasis of calm in the bustling city’ and as ‘Birmingham’s hidden gem’ – all thanks to the dedication of the wonderful volunteers.

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Edgbaston NNS – Focus on Assets: Woolly Mammoth Stitch Works

The Edgbaston Neighbourhood Network is here to help all of Edgbaston’s community assets with everything from grants and funding applications to networking and promotion. That’s why Community Connectors Deb and Natalie are always on the lookout for new community projects to meet, learn from, and support! Every two months, they speak to one of our assets in …

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