Looking Back, Looking Forward: An Annual Review

Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts in which I and my colleagues will be reviewing the work BVSC has been doing in the business year 2018/19 and looking forward to...

Preparing for parenthood with ‘approachable’ support

Becoming a parent can be challenging, but Approachable Parenting offers a safe environment, where parents can access practical support to help them overcome their daily challenges to become confident in their parenting responsibilities.

British Cycling and HSBC UK to provide over 600 bikes to children in disadvantaged...

The programme aims to reach children within the top 10% most disadvantaged communities of the city, to ensure that, regardless of their background, children have access to a bike and can embrace the joys...

Green paper sets out vision for a cohesive, inclusive and welcoming Birmingham

Councillor Tristan Chatfield, Cabinet Member – Social Inclusion, Community Safety & Equalities, invites individuals and organisations to put forward their views on the the City's Community Cohesion Strategy green paper. "I am delighted to attach...

5 reasons why audiobooks are amazing! Free audiobook membership opportunity in Birmingham

Whether it’s discovering a classic for the first time, or relaxing with an old favourite, reading can have a huge impact on our mental wellbeing. A 2018 Reading Agency study found that children who...

Birmingham school children raise more than £14,000 for local charity

On Tuesday 21 May, schoolchildren from across Birmingham, Solihull and surrounding areas presented more than £14,000 they had raised to a charity helping local people in need. Children from 42 schools across the city gathered...

Hospice to host glittering charity ball 

Birmingham’s John Taylor Hospice is inviting people and businesses to join its Glitter Ball which raises funds to support local families. The event, which includes a drinks reception, fabulous three course meal and live entertainment,...

Keeping swimming open at Moseley Road Baths

An iconic Birmingham landmark with national historical and architectural significance, Moseley Road Baths is one of only three Grade II* listed swimming pools still in use in the UK. Standing proudly with its red brick...

Improving the lives of over 50s in Birmingham by addressing social isolation and loneliness

Ageing Better in Birmingham takes a strengths based approach to addressing isolation and loneliness by supporting unconstituted groups to improve connectivity in our communities, whilst also focusing on prevention. More than 400 Ageing Better groups...

New report suggests West Midlands jobs market is failing women

New data published last month by the Fawcett Society, Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC), and West Midlands Women’s Voice reveals that in the West Midlands, women are less likely to be employed than men,...