Tabor House responds to Birmingham homelessness figures

After Government statistics released last week show a 60% rise in the number of people sleeping rough in Birmingham, a charity has spoken about the work being done at Digbeth homeless shelter, Tabor House. Christy...

Systems Change for people with multiple and complex needs in Birmingham

The Birmingham Changing Futures Together (BCFT) programme is funded by National Lottery  Community Fund’s Fulfilling Lives initiative and is led locally by BVSC. The programme works with service users and organisations to shape how services...

How do we ensure that everyone benefits from economic growth across WM region?

A West Midlands Voluntary & Community Sector Leaders' Group (WMVCS) is urging civil society organisations and groups across the West Midlands region to share their thoughts on inclusive growth in the region. Organisations are urged...

Promotional film highlights the essential service provided by SIFA Fireside

A film production company called Big Button have produced a three minute promotional film highlighting the work of SIFA Fireside. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHQ1H84FrMo SIFA Fireside aims to improve health and inclusion for homeless and vulnerably housed adults in...

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...

Providing housing as a first priority for city’s most vulnerable

Providing housing as a first priority has proven an effective way of breaking the ‘revolving door’ cycle that many clients described being trapped in. It provides a safe space to address issues that can’t...

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...

Starting a conversation about food in Birmingham

Birmingham is working hard to become a city where all citizens can thrive and achieve their potential, and creating a healthy, affordable and sustainable food environment across the city is key to this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dlup5Ta7ajA&feature=youtu.be When we...

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...

Talent Match leaves a legacy for Birmingham & Solihull

More than five years ago BVSC together with Solihull Sustain and other local partners, developed a Talent Match programme for Birmingham and Solihull. The programme, funded by Big Lottery (now the National Lottery Community Fund),...