Is it time your organisation got the recognition it deserves?

The highest accolade any voluntary organisation can aspire to is The Queens Award for Voluntary Service.  Allied to this award is the awarding of individual honours - MBE, OBE, CBE and higher -for the most deserving. We all know organisations, and people who drive those organisations, many of whom have given their life to the...

Join in Birmingham’s Big Green Conversation

This year Birmingham residents will have a unique opportunity to share their vision for the city and how planning decisions are made. The Greener Birmingham Coalition, as part of the Year of Green Action designated by government, will be asking residents, businesses and community groups for their thoughts on what should be the priorities for...

Talent Match Birmingham & Solihull releases final report

Talent Match Birmingham & Solihull has released its final report, a legacy of the five-year programme which helped young people furthest from the jobs market to find and sustain work. The National Lottery Community Fund (formerly Big Lottery Fund) programme was launched in 2012 to help young people who faced “barriers”, which were sometimes...

How your website speed can seriously impact your visitor numbers

Written by: Dainius Stepulevicius, Web Developer at bvscwebdesign.org Did you know that your website speed has the biggest impact on your visitors? In some cases, they may actually leave before the website has even loaded. What this means is that you can have the most amazing looking website, but if it’s slow to load most visitors...

New initiative sees return of old Sunday car boot

A new initiative sees the return of the old Sunday boot sale in the Heart of Birmingham City Centre. Birmingham Sunday Share is being run as a partnership between The Active Wellbeing Society and Friction Arts, providing a permanent car boot sale from 7 am to 11 am on Rea Street South, 100 yards from...

When volunteers connect with their isolated neighbours, everyone benefits

Citizens from Tyburn, north-east of Birmingham city centre, have been rewarded for the work they are doing to help improve connections in their local community. Volunteers from Community Organisers - a project set up by the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme which aims to tackle isolation in the over-50s - have received awards recognising...

Benefits of growing fresh fruit and veg in the outdoor classroom

Almost a decade ago, urban greening charity Trees for Cities started working with schools to bring fruit and veg into the outdoor classroom. By learning in an Edible Playground - fully equipped with raised beds, trellising, a greenhouse, composting etc. – children can grow year-round and learn while they are doing so. A year’s...

Handsworth Self Portrait: 40 Years On – Coming soon to MAC!

40 years ago more than 500 people stopped by in Handsworth to take part in this ground-breaking ‘selfie’ project.