Archive for the ‘Birmingham’ Category

Loud and Proud! Talent Show in Lozells 27/8/11 3pm to 6pm

Posted on 23rd August 2011 by

An event taking place at Lozells Methodist Church Centre, on the corner of Gerrard St and Lozells St this Saturday 27th August from 3pm to 6pm.

They are looking for performers – a great chance to showcase your talent and compete for some great prizes!

If you are interested in performing or to book a ticket –  call 07783 880 159

£2 ticket entry £1 entry per act

Stalls for rent and refreshments provided.

Jobs in Brum social enterprises – Sales/Marketing, Childcare, Cook, Admin, Tutors..

Posted on 19th August 2011 by

Social Enterprises are businesses that operate for social and environmental benefit. They seek to make a profit, but make sure that they do so in an ethical way that benefits communities and societies.

Below are details of jobs currently being offered by two social enterprises based in Birmingham –  ENTA and Social Enterprise WM. The closing dates are soon though! Please direct any enquiries to the organisations themselves.


“Enta CIC is currently recruiting for a number of exciting and varied roles.

Please see attached two adverts for more information about the vacancies currently available. Please forward to any networks or contacts you think may be interested in applying for any of these positions. Closing dates for these vacancies is Friday 26th Aug

Enta Vacancies Circulation Aug 2011 2 page

Enta Vacancy Ad Part Time Cook Aug11

Full details can also be downloaded from the Enta website:-

All positions require a Criminal Records Bureau check; however, having a criminal record does not necessarily bar you from employment with Enta.

Please do not send CV’s as these will not be considered with your application.

For more information about Enta please visit our website: <>”



“Social Enterprise WM CIC is looking to appoint a self-driven, results-oriented and experienced sales and marketing professional with a positive outlook, and a clear focus on delivering business profit.  Closing date – 2nd September 2011

Click on the link below for more info..

Good luck everybody!

Invitation to speak to Keith Vaz MP about rioting in Birmingham – this Monday 22nd Aug, Handsworth

Posted on 17th August 2011 by

Here is an invitation from Khalid Mahmood MP to attend a conference on Monday 22nd August and gives your views on the issues surrounding the recent rioting in Birmingham and ways of moving forward.

Please confirm your attendance for the event, which takes place at City College, Handsworth by emailing by the end of Friday 19th August.

“Dear Friend

 Following the unfortunate events of last week in Birmingham and across the country, I feel that it is important for key individuals across the community to come together to discuss the underlying issues faced by our communities and in particular young people. 

 The Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee is holding an inquiry into the lessons that may be learned from the wide-scale rioting and looting by predominantly young people. I am very pleased that the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Keith Vaz MP has accepted my invitation to take evidence from Birmingham on Monday, 22nd August

 This will take place at the People’s Conference I am hosting on Monday at City College Handsworth Campus, Soho Road Handsworth Birmingham B21 9DP (10.00am – 4.30pm)

Please can you confirm your attendance by emailing by Friday 19th August (5pm).

 Please ensure you register to participate. Refreshments will be provided.

 Please circulate across your contacts and networks.”

 The agenda for the conference is as follows:

10.00am-10.30am           Opening of Conference & Overview –

10.30am-12.30pm            Workshops

1. The Role of Families & Parents

2. Community Cohesion 

3. Young People in Birmingham

4. Community Safety. 

12.30pm-1.00pm                    Lunch

1.00pm-2.30pm           Discussion on Lessons Learnt with Keith Vaz MP

2.30pm-3.30pm            Discussion on The Impact of Localism in Birmingham

3.30pm-4.30pm            Discussion on Policing in Birmingham

Uprising Young Leaders programme 2011/12 – Applications open now!

Posted on 16th August 2011 by

The UpRising Leadership Programme is dedicated to supporting and developing young adults aged 19-25 from diverse backgrounds in order to become the next generation of effective and connected leaders across the public, private and voluntary sectors. We are recruiting 50 young people in Birmingham, 40 in  East London and 20 in Bedford.

UpRising ( was developed and launched by the Young Foundation in 2008 in East London. UpRising has worked with over 200 young adults over the past three years in London and we expanded to Birmingham in October 2010. We are expanding into Bedford in September 2011.

Our patrons are Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband.

We are recruiting for our programme which starts in October 2011. We are looking for young people who are enthusiastic, passionate and committed to changing their communities for the better. We are recruiting 50 young people within Birmingham to take part.

 Please see attached brochure for more information on this opportunity.


  •  Are you an enthusiastic 19-25 year old committed to changing your community for the better?
  • Do you live, work or study in Birmingham?
  • Do you want to make change happen?

 UpRising opens up pathways to leadership for talented young adults by equipping them with the life skills, knowledge, networks, confidence and power to transform their communities for the better. UpRising is a part-time leadership programme that requires commitment from you. Included in the programme are:

  •  Leadership retreat
  • Social Action Project
  • Learning sessions
  • Learning visits
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Networking
  • Mentoring
  • Coaching
  • Alumni network

 Find the application form online at:

 Spaces are limited. The selection process will take place in September and the programme will start in October.

Advice for business and property owners affected by the disturbance – Citizens Advice Bureau

Posted on 15th August 2011 by

Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau have released advice for those whose businesses or personal property has been damaged in the Birmingham riots

Since the recent Birmingham wide disturbances, which started on Monday 8th August 2011, many businesses and property-owners have suffered significant losses. Regardless of the severity of the damage to your property there are avenues available to recover your loss.

An insurer can make a claim in the policy holder¹s name against the police to recover their losses under The Riots (Damages) Act 1886 (RDA). In order to do this the claim must normally be lodged within 14 days of the damage having occurred. However, according to the Prime Minister¹s Statement on the 11th of August, the time limit for applying for compensation will increase from 14 to 42 days.

Businesses that have suffered riot damage that do not have property insurance can also make a claim to recover their losses directly from the police under the RDA.

According to the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA), people who have been affected by the turmoil should speak to their insurance broker as soon as possible.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) says damage to homes, including riot damage and fire, would be covered under a standard home insurance policy. It goes on to state that many policies will also cover people for accommodation costs if they can’t stay in their home.

The AA states that comprehensive car insurance policies will normally cover policy holders for damage to cars that have been smashed, burnt out or damaged in any other way. Third party policies will not cover you because they exclude cover for the car itself. Third party, fire and theft may cover you for fire-related damage, so check the policy wording carefully.

The ABI says most policies will cover the direct damage and theft of property, plus pay compensation towards the costs of an interruption of business as usual, if the policy includes that cover.

When making a claim, you must ensure:

* You know your policy

* You keep receipts and proof of ownership documents safe and be prepared to produce them

* When you make a claim, act quickly

* Provide as much detail as possible

* Don’t exaggerate


* Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to local residents. We advise on peoples’ rights and responsibilities, and can provide information on a wide range of issues.

* We offer a variety of services, from providing information and directing people to the best source of help for their issue, through general advice from a trained advisor, to specialist debt and benefits work from one of our specialists.

* Our Telephone Advice Line number 08444 77 10 10 Monday Friday 10am until 4pm (5p per minute from a BT fixed line calls from mobiles and other networks will vary)

* Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau website is <>

Local councillor urges calm and community unity in response to rioting in Birmingham

Posted on 9th August 2011 by

A message from Councillor Waseem Zaffar related to last night’s disturbances in Birmingham and parts of Handsworth:

“Tonight has been and continues to be a difficult night for all associated with Handsworth. The actions of the minority, many not from the local area, has once caused suffering to our community.

I have returned from Soho Road and have witnessed much of the acts of criminality first hand. I have been in contact with senior officers of West Midlands Police throughout the day and will continue to have communication with them over the next few days to ensure that these scenes are not repeated again.

I, like you all, want to see those thugs responsible for these acts of crime prosecuted and punished for their actions. If anyone has any information that can assist the Police in making arrests, please share this with them as soon as possible.

Finally, I understand and appreciate that tonight has been difficult, especially for those that have suffered at the hands of these thugs, but I urge you not to react with any form of violence.

We need to once again pick up the pieces and stand united as one during these most difficult times.”

If you have any information related to the rioting that can help the police to catch the people responsible, you can call CrimeStoppers anonymously.

CRIMESTOPPERS   0800 555 111

Message from Chief Inspector regarding disturbances in Birmingham

Posted on 9th August 2011 by
Please see attached message from Chief Inspector Sean Russell of West Midlands Police. 
Tonights activities on the streets of Birmingham City Centre are disgraceful and by means acceptable as a means of protesting against anything including the death of a gentleman in London with Police involvement and/or disaffection of young people not in employment. It is important that those responsible for bringing our great city of Birmingham into disrepute are bought to justice asap. 
Please ensure that your children, family and friends are at home tonight to prevent them getting held up in the middle of disorder in the city. 
Dear all,

As you may be aware we have a number of issues currently occurring within the city centre. It is apparent that we have large groups of youth, male and female, all heritage groups , aged 14 – 19yrs currently running amock in the city.

I am asking for you to speak to you community contacts, family and friends and ask the following questions.

1. Do you know where your children are currently?
2. Are they out in the city?
3. Can we exert some parental responsibility to bring our children home and stop this disorder.

Are you able to copy and paste this onto community contacts and try to help to resolve this speedily.

I would be grateful if you are able to support this.

Sean Russell
Chief Inspector
Birmingham West and Central