Young Birmingham couple going extra mile for City’s most vulnerable citizens

A local couple have literally been going the extra mile to get essential goods to the City's most vulnerable citizens throughout the Covid-19 lockdown. Stephen Palmer and his girlfriend Sapphire Poles (both 20) have been purchasing food and household items from a local wholesalers, selling them on at cost price and delivering the goods...

Living Well UK launches mental health live chat

With social distancing and self-isolating now forming our new norm, so too are meetings over Zoom, hangouts on HouseParty, and FaceTime chats with family. However, whilst this provides us with ways to stay connected, it’s presenting a rising challenge in the form of ‘phone anxiety’. Recognising this as a barrier preventing people from asking...

Successful communications as a “remote” manager

This blog is for those of you in the charity sector that are now leading teams remotely. This is a big challenge for you, your staff and your organisation and can take its toll. Your previous ways of leading often need a tweak or in some cases a radical overhaul. This article explores the tricky...

First Class Legacy and the First Class Foundation – responding to Covid-19

We are First Class Legacy; we specialise in Youth and Community engagement strategies and we deliver a number of services through Consultation and Consultancy, Training, Outreach and Events. Our charity, First Class Foundation, has three main aims: to reduce Youth Violence to improve the Mental Health resilience for Young People, and to connect Young...

Why should I? To plan or not to plan for your end of life experience

End of Life Doula shares her experiences on the outlook many have when it comes to talking about death, especially with the current situation of COVID-19.

Route 2 Wellbeing Birmingham portal: What has been happening so far…

Over the last 5 weeks, we have been working hard to capture and add services to the Route 2 Wellbeing Birmingham portal under the new COVID-19 Support Category, enabling citizens to find and access local support when needed during these challenging times. We know that so many groups and organisations are putting in tremendous efforts...

Hospice launches new bereavement service during Covid-19 crisis

Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice has launched a new telephone bereavement service, which will support grieving adults during the Covid-19 pandemic. The vital service will see experienced volunteers provide one-to-one support to individuals, creating a safe and confidential space where they can talk through their feelings of grief openly and without judgement. Launched on Monday 27 April,...

The transition into full time employment – Part 2

This is the second in a series of blogs Bev has published for the national evaluation of Fulfilling Lives. Bev's previous blog published last year discussed how she gained experience as a volunteer as a step to the full-time role. Bev Hardman, Lead Engagement Worker for the Inreach/Outreach workstream with Birmingham Changing Futures Together reflects...