“Does my heart look big in this?”

TV actress, Arabella Weir has launched a national campaign, which is looking to recruit Shared Lives Carers with big enough hearts to open up their homes to people with support needs and who want to share and enjoy family life together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6gGzKm5Mpc&feature=youtu.be An invaluable army of thirty-five Shared Lives Carer households across Dudley Borough and the...

Social Prescribing in Birmingham: Programme Launch

On Thursday 7th November, Health Exchange and their Health Partnership (OHP) launched a new Social Prescribing programme funded by the Department of Health, Health and Wellbeing Fund. Around 40 delegates from Health Exchange, OHP, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Community Trust, the Birmingham Mental Health Trust, Birmingham and Solihull CCG, Forward Carers and UK Active...

Employment Programme delivers long-term benefits

The taxpayer has been saved nearly £4.5 million in an innovative programme to support long-term unemployed young people in Birmingham and Solihull - according to an independent report. More than 350 young people are now in jobs because of the work of Talent Match Birmingham and Solihull - the pre-employment programme that works with jobless...

Light up a life for your loved ones this Christmas

John Taylor Hospice in Birmingham is inviting people to celebrate the lives of their loved ones by dedicating a light and joining their special festive event. Families and friends are welcomed to join Light up a Light celebrations on Sunday 9 December at Hollyfields Centre in Erdington. Starting at 6pm, the evening will feature music,...

Wellbeing Portal launched to support Birmingham citizens

Birmingham residents who are looking for local activities, support and services that encourage wellbeing and an active and healthy lifestyle can now search a new online directory called Route2Wellbeing that describes over 1,500 local, community-based services and activities. This new initiative is already “making a big difference” to Birmingham citizens. https://youtu.be/O3wDxWfTqIY The Route2Wellbeing Birmingham portal is...

Making the Civil Society Strategy a reality in Birmingham and the West Midlands

BVSC announces a new programme to support voluntary sector engagement with local social investment initiatives, and a launch event to inform and engage civil society groups. Here, Brian Carr (Chief Executive, BVSC), Jasbir Rai (Deputy Chief Executive, BVSC) and Dr Chih Hoong Sin (Traverse) reflect on the project’s inception and future plans. The Government recently published...

Interviews and the importance of feedback – for everyone!

By Fidelis Navas: Founder and MD, Gamma Talent: Responsible Recruitment for the Third Sector www.gammatalent.com I am a member of a Facebook group for fundraisers. It’s professionally fascinating, and helpful – social media at its finest and I for one read every single post and marvel at my community’s supportive responses. No question seems off limits....

Create a vision for life – and follow your dreams

By Rob Legge – third sector coach, trainer and consultant // www.robleggeconsulting.co.uk In his latest blog Third Sector trainer and coach Rob Legge suggests that we should really think about what we want out of life, then create a vision to achieve that dream. This morning I was walking with Steve in the fields near my home...