About Us

Welcome to Neighbourhood News Online, the digital element of a community project.


Neighbourhood News Online was created by Dr. Anita Halliday, former CEO of St Pauls Trust, in part to fill the gap left by the demise of neighbourhood magazine ‘The Balsall Heathan’ which was published monthly and circulated to every home in Balsall Heath.

Since October 2018, the website has been developed into a community news, directory and events page for Balsall Heath and Sparkbrook.  This has been undertaken by freelance workers, commissioned by Balsall Heath Forum as part of a Local Innovation Fund grant, running until April 2019. The grant also funds the production of two print newsletters, delivered to residents and community venues.

The Active Wellbeing Society are continuing to support the project through funding a series of community media workshops with residents across Balsall Heath and Sparkbrook.

The Future

We are currently seeking funding to develop our work further into a community print newsletter and online platform run by an inter-generational team of people representing the different community groups and organisations in Balsall Heath and Sparkbrook.

The aim of this project is to create a self sustaining resource for local residents to improve health, wellbeing and participation; to spread awareness about available resources and provision; encourage communication between local organisations and residents to further develop involvement and to reduce isolation by reaching into people’s homes with relevant news told by familiar people.

We are a collective of editors, social activists and community members whose aim is to create a platform managed by the community for the community. We are striving towards making the site as accessible as possible by adhering to these Accessibility guidelines.

Keep up to date

To stay up to date with news and events from across Balsall Heath and Sparkbrook and to receive regular reminders to keep your own details updated on the site, we encourage you to sign up to occasional e-mail updates through out Mailchimp newsletter.