The Hearings: helping Brum find its voice

This is about trying to re-energise the public sphere - and craft a voice for Birmingham in the national debate.

Social Prescribing in Birmingham: Programme Launch

On Thursday 7th November, Health Exchange and their Health Partnership (OHP) launched a new Social Prescribing programme funded by the Department of Health, Health and Wellbeing Fund. Around 40 delegates from Health Exchange, OHP,...

Employment Programme delivers long-term benefits

The taxpayer has been saved nearly £4.5 million in an innovative programme to support long-term unemployed young people in Birmingham and Solihull - according to an independent report. More than 350 young people are now...

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...

Trialling Personal Health Budgets for end of life care

Over the last year, BVSC has worked on a pilot commissioned by Public Health trialing Personal Health Budgets for end of life care. Working in partnership with John Taylor Hospice, Heartlands Hospital and Birmingham and...

BVSC calls out to community partners to get involved in proposed City Board

BVSC is seeking expressions of interest from community sector partners to sit on the proposed City Board. Our chief executive Brian Carr outlines the mechanism for getting involved.

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...

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...

BVSC accredited as Real Living Wage Employer

BVSC has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer. The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at BVSC receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.30. This rate is significantly higher than the government...

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...