Groundwork to launch Active Neighbourhoods

GroundworkActive Neighbourhoods is a programme aimed at empowering residents, in particular social housing tenants, to develop and run a programme of activities that increases use of local green space to improve physical and mental wellbeing, combat social isolation and create community cohesion, and is taking place in four wards in Birmingham (Ladywood, Lozells, Sutton Trinity & Erdington) over two years.


Active Neighbourhoods will be launching in December 2014 in Lozells, Berryfilelds and Summerfield and people are encouraged to come and meet and share how they use their outdoor space and what they would like to see from Groundwork.

These events are FREE to attend, and will be taking place whatever the weather (there are contingency plans should it rain or snow). There will be fun activities for all ages, so why not wrap up warm in coats, hats, gloves, scarves & wellies, and come along and join in some winter fun!!

For further details click

Summerfield  is Active 

Berryfields is Active

Lozells is Active

Or alternatively, go the the Groundwork webste at

29 Oct 2014

Play in Parks (PiPs) – October half-term Halloween Event



These projects normally take place during the half-term and summer school holidays in different parks across Birmingham, and they give local children the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities, including playing in team games and engaging in messy play. The children and the community are given the chance to revisit gaps in their playful childhoods, and the project aims to empower local residents to reclaim their play areas and utilise some of the communities’ recreation spaces to its full potential.


 * * * * *   Play in Parks – Halloween Event  * * * * *

This October the PiPs Halloween Event will be taking place in the following estates/recreation grounds:

28th October – Old College Road – Garretts Green

29th October – Optima Housing Association Community Hall, Bell Barn Road

30th October – Stonebrook Estate, Weoley Castle

30th October – Berryfields Estate,Walmley

For further details, including opening times, please visit our Play in Parks page.



20 Oct 2014

Give Birmingham children ‘freedom of the city’, experts say

The independent Birmingham Commission for Children – backed by The Children’s Society – studied the views of children and young people on what it is like to grow up in the city, and sought to find out how their health and education can be improved over the next decade.

The Commission’s final report, It Takes a City to Raise a Child, published recently, includes a series of recommendations to Birmingham City Council and other organisations.

Top among them is a call to bring together leaders and businesses to guarantee an ‘entitlement offer’ for the city’s children and young people, providing them free access to cultural or sporting venues and opportunities to try new activities or learn new skills to help get them into work.

For further details or to down load a copy of the report, click here Report

15 Oct 2014

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