Recently, Gateway and Age UK Birmingham were appointed to lead the Edgbaston Neighbourhood Network Scheme (NNS).
We hoped to announce the launch of Edgbaston NNS this week, but of course, current events have overtaken us. Instead of a launch event, we are diving straight into support for community groups in the area.
The Council and BVSC (Birmingham Voluntary Services Council) have asked us to focus purely on how organisations in the Edgbaston constituency are responding to Covid-19 and how we can provide the necessary support to those who need it.
What is a Neighbourhood Network Scheme?
Neighbourhood Network Schemes are designed to support older people in Birmingham to connect with individuals, groups, organisations, activities, services and places in their local neighbourhood.
As part of Birmingham City Council’s new community social work model they are constituency based, so the Edgbaston NNS covers the areas of Edgbaston, Harborne, Quinton, Bartley Green, Shenley and Weoley Castle.
At the moment, however, every NNS in Birmingham is focusing on support for community organisations as we all adjust to events relating to the coronavirus and the resulting isolation.
How is your group managing?
To help us build up a picture of what’s already happening and what more may be possible, we are asking community organisations and groups in the areas of Edgbaston, Harborne, Quinton, Bartley Green, Shenley and Weoley Castle to get in touch with us by email or phone (details below) and let us know the following:
- Has your group had to close or otherwise change in terms of what you normally do? We know most meetings have been suspended, so how has this affected you?
- Is your group in a position to offer help? Let us know if you are doing something, planning to do something, or are willing to do something to help with the response.
- If you’re not in a position to help, do you have any worries? Are you concerned about members of your group and how they may be coping?
It’s clear that a lot of work is already underway locally to ensure that vulnerable people, and those made vulnerable by this situation, get the help they need. We are here to build on this by coordinating, and potentially resourcing, support.
Over the next few weeks, Gateway and Age UK Birmingham, working together as Edgbaston NNS, will be:
- Continuing to contact existing groups to find out your approach to the Covid-19 response
- Monitoring new offers of Covid-19 support
- Providing guidance and support to groups which are providing Covid-19 assistance
- Connecting groups which are providing Covid-19 support to ensure they work together, maximise reach, avoid duplication and fill in gaps
If you run a community group in the Edgbaston constituency, contact Katherine at Gateway Family Services via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone: 0121 456 7820, to let us know how we can help.