Birmingham’s NNS (Neighbourhood Network Scheme) helps local residents over 50 access community based services and activities that promote well-being and a better quality of life. We connect and support local groups and social work teams in the Perry Barr constituency wards of Handsworth, Handsworth Wood, Holyhead, Lozells, Kingstanding, Birchfield, Perry Barr and Oscott.

We’re part of a city wide network that identifies crucial services and health and well-being activities. You’ll find what’s on offer in your area in the Birmingham Connect to Support site, so click here: searchable directory.

Our busy Facebook and Twitter feeds – follow for most up to date information and opportunities

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Local Networking Event – Community Development

Wednesday 16th March, 9:30am for coffee for 10:00am start, lunch served at 12:30. Spring 22 Community Hub, B42 1DT.

If you’re engaged in ‘community development’ in or around our @PerryBarrNNS Wards then sign up for a new networking event taking place @Spring22Hub – facilitation and cake via @BVSC

The event is open to all, but we’re offering limited spaces – max 20 due to Covid precautions.

Opportunities to share your work, find out what others are doing, link up, collaborate, make and receive referrals, ask and offer advice/signpost, and all that good stuff.

Facilitator for the event

Steph Vidal-Hall is an experienced facilitator, specialising in enabling people to do what matters to them, and in sharing those enabling skills with others. She’s trained in Asset Based Community Development and in the Thinking Environment – a structure for everyone in the room to do their own best thinking.

See here to register: click

Volunteer Management Training

Nine focused units covering the key topics – now full but you can still click for information
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  • Planning a volunteer programme
  • Organisation of the volunteer programme
  • Designing volunteer positions
  • Recruiting the right volunteers
  • Matching volunteers to the role
  • Preparing volunteers for success
  • Support and supervision in managing volunteers
  • Monitoring and evaluation of volunteer programmes
  • Recognition of volunteers.

WMCA Community Green Grants – Exclusive Perry Barr NNS Briefing Session

Join The West Midlands Combined (WMCA) to find out how you can apply for funding through their Community Green Grants. The WMCA has small and larger grants available to help redress the regional inequalities in access to green space. The funding is open to any eligible group or organisation based in the West Midlands but priority will be given to areas with green deprivation.

Sign up via Eventbrite here: click

Examples of potential projects include:

  • Nature playgroups that give children and families with no regular access to green space an opportunity to experience hands on activities.
  • Activities run at community gardens/open spaces/parks, eg. tree planting, gardening, urban greening, growing fruit and vegetables
  • Development of new community green spaces that increase local access
  • Projects that significantly improve the biodiversity of the area and promote behavioural change on accessing green spaces.
  • Those that increase or improve green/blue (canal, rivers etc.) spaces close to where people live.

This session will detail:

  • the different levels of funding available
  • how you can apply for funding and
  • the process

Full information, see here click

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New Year, New Training Schedule – January to April 2022

All events are free to people who live, volunteer or work in the Perry Barr Constituency area: Handsworth, Handsworth Wood, Holyhead, Lozells, Kingstanding, Birchfield, Perry Barr & Oscott.

Note, we will add to the timetable below, so come back and check. In addition, keep an eye on our social media channels as we will also promote our own and other opportunities there. There’s lots going on around the city that you can access for free or low cost. You don’t need a big training budget!

Click here to check our Facebook or Twitter

For further information on our training opportunities, please contact lucy@springhousing.org.uk

See the clickable links to save time!

Clickable Training link: ABCD

Clickable Last Thursday @ 11am Zoom link

Clickable Training link: Volunteering Development (coming) contact holly@springhousing.org.uk

Clickable Last Thursday @ 11am Zoom link

Clickable Last Thursday @ 11am Zoom link

Clickable Last Thursday @ 11am Zoom link

Finding services for the over 50s in and around Perry Barr Constituency

Check out our new Google Map of the Perry Barr NNS area. Find local groups able to help or to get involved with. This map is especially useful if you want somewhere very local to where you live. Just click and go!

A checking/re-mapping of groups and services featured is currently underway (January 2022), so come back in February to see the updates.

How can I register my project?

The Perry Barr constituency is split into several wards and if you’d like to talk to someone about a particular service or activity please contact the following Community Connectors:

Handsworth and Handsworth Wood | Lucy Bird

lucy@springhousing.org.uk

Lozells and Holyhead | Holly O’Meara

holly@springhousing.org.uk

Birchfield, Kingstanding, Perry Barr and Oscott | Michael Wynter

Michael.Wynter@birmingham.gov.uk

We just need some details about your project, and we’ll arrange to meet face to face (or by phone/Zoom/Teams if more convenient or while Covid restrictions are in place). Once you have been registered, your project will go onto the city-wide Connect to Support register and your project information will be accessible to a range of local professionals including local social workers from Birmingham’s Adult Services Team. We’ll also keep in touch to update you on the latest network news, funding and training opportunities and we’ll organise regular network get-togethers.


 

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Useful Links

Latest NNS Bulletin – March 2021

EXTERNAL FUNDING (26-01-2021) Covid-19  Crisis Response

BVSC – Covid-19: Pathways for accessing support in Birmingham

BCC – Adult Social Care