Group of partipants at the Time to Think event

Time to think: Navigating Change in Third Sector

Background On the 22 January 2020, Third Sector Research Centre's 'Change in the Making' research study team worked in partnership with BVSC to bring together a group of Birmingham’s voluntary sector leaders for the first of three sessions exploring issues of change in the third sector. The aim of the sessions is to provide a...

Pedal Power; the female-only cycling course for refugee women

When Majda first came into contact with Pedal Power, she had only just arrived in Birmingham and didn’t know many people at all, aside from those she lived with. It was her housemate that recommended Pedal Power cycling lessons, as a means for cost-efficient travel. With government finance of only £37.75, Majda decided to...

John Taylor Hospice launches poetry competition for children and young people

Birmingham’s John Taylor Hospice is launching a schools’ poetry competition as part of the celebrations of its 110th anniversary. Children and young people across Birmingham and the West Midlands are being offered the chance to win book tokens in the competition. The winners and runners-up will also see their artwork featured in a special month-long exhibition...

‘Multiplying’ a free online training platform to positively impact volunteer management

14 organisations recently gathered in Birmingham to hear more about the Levol-app project and the innovative platform on Volunteer Management. The Levol-app project has entered its final stretch and the online platform, available in five languages, was presented to key stakeholders. In all five partner countries of the project, 'multiplier' events were held in order...

Shared Lives Scheme recruits another two households

At their first Independent Panel of 2020, Camphill Village Trust Shared Lives recruited another four carers to their ever growing scheme developing across Dudley Borough and the surrounding Black Country area. That is now an incredible 17 new households since September 2018, but 40 in total. Although still relatively unknown, Shared Lives is a unique...

Journey to Justice – Civil Rights Exhibition comes to Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham is hosting a multi-media multi-arts civil rights travelling exhibition created by human rights education charity Journey to Justice: www.journeytojustice.org.uk It tells little known stories of people who took action for rights and freedom during the US civil rights movement and in the UK. As relevant today as ever, the exhibition also tells...

AVIVA launches Community Fund 2020 with £250,000 per quarter for innovative small projects

Unique programme empowers employees to back the clever ideas that move communities forward. Aviva has unveiled the evolution of its Community Fund 2020, with a number of exciting changes set to provide causes across the UK with funding, vital support and resources all year round. With applications open from 21 January until 23:59 on 11 February,...

Art and Social Change: Exhibition curated by artist Anna Berry, now on at MAC

The Disability Arts Movement were a civil rights group of artists and activists who fought the marginalisation of Disabled people. Their work supported the struggle of Disability Rights activists, which led to the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995. This exhibition presents a selection of art works, along with objects used by activists,...