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NEW YEAR CONGRATULATIONS & HONOURS

Happy New Year to all our readers, writers, photographers and news gatherers. Big congratulations to Naim Qureshi who has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list for services to Sparkbrook.
Well known across the City, Naim has worked indefatigably to bring resources to Sparkbrook. He is a core figure in Ashiana Community Project, has helped to found other charities, and is a sterling supporter of the local Forum. We hope they are giving him a good party at Ashiana!

ART SCHOOL RENOVATION FORGES AHEAD

The renovation work has gone ahead full speed over the festive break and the old Art School promises an exciting new look to the Moseley Rd. We understand that a board will go up shortly outside to explain to everyone what is happening, since there’s certainly no lack of interest in the neighbourhood.
Hopefully this will be accompanied by lots more information about what the works will accomplish and what new activities the building will host when all the work is done! More next week….

BOLD KINGS HEATH EXPERIMENT

On December 1st, 2017 a Clean Air Action Day took place in Kings Heath, mainly on the High Street/Alcester Road. Measures included removing on-street parking and changing the way the traffic lights functioned, for just one day. (Passing that way the day before, we thought a Macbeth performance was happening as people moved whole hosts of fir trees along side the pavement. Ed.)
Enlisting the help of enthusiasts and sceptics from the local community, BBC TV staged the first ever large-scale experiment of its kind: using people power to try to bring about a quantifiable improvement in air quality for a single day., and to measure the results. (How enterprising can you get? You can catch the Programme – don’t miss it or you’ll never know what happened!)
The results are broadcast on Wednesday 10th January at 9pm on BBC2.: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2018/02/fighting-for-air

WASTE NOT…………….

The Council’s waste management strategy for the coming years does not envisage separate collections for organic waste. This week the Lib Dem councillors tried to get an amendment which would at least have made it possible to consider such collections. The motion before the Council said:
"1) UK households were estimated to throw away 7 million tonnes of food each year in 2012
2) The total cost of the food wasted in the UK is equivalent to 6 meals per household per week or £470 per year
3) Food wasted in the UK has a major environmental impact. It takes 19,000km2 of land to grow and produces Green House Gas emissions equivalent to 17million tonnes of CO2, equivalent to those produced by 1 in 4 UK cars
4) A two week survey in 2016 showed that food waste makes up 48% of the total waste collected in Birmingham
5) Collecting food waste has been shown to reduce the amount of food wasted, bringing environmental and cost benefits
6) A Parliamentary report into food waste in 2017 recommended that: “Local authorities must look at the opportunities to introduce separate food waste collections when new waste contracts are put in place. Council therefore regrets that the Waste Strategy 2017-40, agreed by Cabinet in October 2017, rules out Council-led food waste recycling. Council further resolves that the Waste Strategy 2017-40 be amended, so that it does not explicitly exclude Council-led food waste recycling initiatives…"
The proposal was voted down on the grounds that prevention of such waste is better than more recycling efforts and costs.

JOIN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD’S BIGGEST SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

We are seeking a chairperson or co-chair for Moseley Road Baths CIO to take forward our exciting and challenging community swimming venture as part of the restoration of a much loved and highly significant heritage building.
Our group of dedicated volunteers has been working together for the last two years on this exciting project to secure a future for swimming at Moseley Road Baths in Balsall Heath. That group is now becoming the Moseley Road Baths CIO and is seeking a new chair to take them to the next level of its development.
You will need to have:
governance experiencean enthusiasm for, knowledge of and commitment to our mission and purpose (see below and business plan)excellent collaborative working skillsto be open to different perspectives and committed to diversityto have the intention to be available for a term of at least three years.
The role is voluntary, with expenses reimbursed where appropriate. Trustees are happy to consider co-chairing or vice chair arrangements to ensure the workload is manageable.
Click on the links for a full CIO Chair role profile, and our business plan. NB – the CIO became a registered charity on 21st December 2017, and the business plan, currently written in the name of the CIC, is being updated to reflect this.
This is an exciting opportunity to help initiate and develop a new future for Moseley Road Baths through a community-run swimming operation. If you are interested, please contact the current chair Karen Leach for an initial conversation before applying. You can then send your CV, along with a short covering email outlining why you are interested and how you meet the skills profile, to keepswimming@moseleyroadbaths.org.uk.
The deadline is 31st January 2018.
We are also seeking one or two new trustees, ideally with skills in pool/leisure management, so please do contact us if this may be of interest, too.
We look forward to hearing from you!

EDITORIAL

Sorry to be so late with New Year greetings,but here we are at last. We meant to be back last week but were defeated by two things – acute (!) staff shortages and acute news shortages. But now that everyone is briskly taking on 2018, both these are looking up, and we hope we can keep up with all the news that’s in the neighbourhood.
It looks as if the big issues of last year will still be the big issues of this year: housing (lack of); adult care and of course the NHS. We’ll try and keep up with the local impact of these major problems – and any solutions which may be inching forward. (Didn’t like the app for advising the homeless where they might find accommodation – unless free smartphones are thrown in.) Better ideas must be out there.

Latest Job, Volunteering & Training Opportunities

Vacancies at ACE Project CIC
ACE Project CIC based in the East of Birmingham has 2 vacancies that for their 2 day a week day centres. ACE project have been delivering activities and lunch for people over 50 in Ward End and Bromford for over 3 years and are looking to recruit new staff.
Please see attached 2 job adverts – Activity Co-ordinator and Cook. Application forms are available on ACE project website – www.aceprojectcic.org.uk (under the about us tab) or interested candidates can contact Charley on 07595 333 469 for an application form.
Activity Co-ordinator
ACE PROJECT CIC – Birmingham Location: Bromford & Ward End Day Centres Hours: Part-time (2 day per week) £7.50 – £8.00 an hour (DOE)
Full enhanced DBS paid and Training & Development
Sessional Cook
Job reference: ACECOOK01 Hours: 12 per week Sessional Rate: £7.50 an hour
Location: Bromford & Ward End, Birmingham
Digbeth
Full or part time:
Part time
Salary:
£18,000 pro rata
Hours per week:
7.5

As part of our development LWM has identified the need for support in core admin and communications duties, both amplifying what we do and increasing our collective capacity to develop our ideas.
The role purpose is to manage LWM’s administration and to develop a communications strategy to help LWM increase its profile and link more widely with others.
We are a small organisation, with currently two coordinators job-sharing a 4 d/w role and some freelance associates. The coordinators are responsible for strategy, development and delivery, reporting to our board and working closely with our associates.
You will be enthusiastic about fairer, more decentralised and less unequal economics, and the role localisation can play within that. You will be keen to use your skills to help us to communicate this as well as providing organised administrative support.
LWM is currently delivering the fourth phase of a groundbreaking project under the name of Localising Prosperity, funded by Barrow Cadbury Trust. After the initial fixed term of 2 years, any continuation and remuneration of the post will depend on the collective efforts of the LWM team. For the right candidate, this role could develop to suit your strengths and interests.
The positive value of diversity is integral to LWM’s purpose and values and this is reflected in our approach to recruitment. We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, who are currently under-represented in our small team.
Application deadline: 9am Thursday 1st February 2018.
Interviews: Thursday 15th February 2018 during the day.
JERICHO FOUNDATION IS ADVERTISING:
Apprenticeship Vacancies
We are currently recruiting 16-24 year olds to become apprentices in our social enterprises:
Catering (Nechells)PrintRecyclingReUse
An apprenticeship at Jericho includes 30 hours of work a week at the national apprenticeship minimum wage of £3.30 per hour. You will receive on the job training and undertake Maths, English and IT Functional Skills and a level 2 NVQ with one of our partner colleges.
Applications can be made by CV to patrick.masih@jericho.org.uk. Please ensure you state which vacancy you are applying for.
Visit our Apprenticeships page for more details.
Work Placements (coming soon)
We will be recruiting 16-29 year olds to take part in 2 weeks’ work experience in a Jericho social enterprise.
At Jericho we train, support and develop talented people in the east of Birmingham. We’re truly passionate about introducing young people to the world of work and helping ambitious newcomers into the industry to fulfil their dreams.
We have a range of opportunities to sink your teeth into and take advantage of. Join us and we’ll help you to shape the career path that’s right for you. We currently have work placements available in the following social enterprises:
CateringCleaningConstructionLandscapingPrintReceptionRecyclingReUse
In addition to valuable training and experience, successful participants will receive:
Free TravelFree PPE & UniformLunch ContributionEmployability Workshop
For information, here are the additional eligibility criteria:
Applicants must live in East Birmingham: Acocks Green, Bordesley Green, Hall Green, Hodge Hill, Moseley & Kings Heath, Shard End, Sheldon, South Yardley, Sparkbrook, Springfield, Stechford &Yardley North or Washwood Heath.
Applicants must not be registered on work programme.
NEET (Not in employment, education or training)
Applications can be made by CV to don.graham@jericho.org.uk or if you would like further information just call Client Support on 0121 647 1960.
VOLUNTEERING
Moseley Road Baths CIO seeks new chairperson to take the plunge..!
We are seeking a chairperson for Moseley Road Baths CIO to take forward our exciting and challenging community swimming venture as part of the restoration of a much loved and highly significant heritage building.
Our group of dedicated volunteers has been working together for the last two years on this exciting project to secure a future for swimming at Moseley Road Baths in Balsall Heath. That group is now becoming the Moseley Road Baths CIO and is seeking a new chair to take them to the next level of its development.
You will need to have:
governance experience
an enthusiasm for, knowledge of and commitment to our mission and purpose (see below and business plan)
excellent collaborative working skills
to be open to different perspectives and committed to diversity
to have the intention to be available for a term of at least three years.
The role is voluntary, with expenses reimbursed where appropriate.
Click on the links for a full CIO Chair role profile, and our business plan. Note that the CIO is pending approval from the Charities Commission soon and until then we’re operating as a CIC.
This is an exciting opportunity to help initiate and develop a new future for Moseley Road Baths through a community-run swimming operation. If you are interested, please contact the current chair Karen Leach for an initial conversation before applying. You can then send your CV, along with a short covering email outlining why you are interested and how you meet the skills profile, to keepswimming@moseleyroadbaths.org.uk.
The deadline is 18th December 2017.
We are also seeking one or two new directors, ideally with skills in HR or pool/leisure management, so please do contact us if this may be of interest, too. For more information, full Chair profile, and business plan for the Baths go to: http://www.friendsofmrb.co.uk/mrb-cio-chair/
We look forward to hearing from you!
ANAWIM WELCOMES VOLUNTEERS
Anawim is a voluntary sector organisation based in Birmingham which provides support services to women and their children at its Centre in Balsall Heath and in the community. Our key objective is to help women overcome problems or obstacles that adversely affect their lives, with the overriding aim that they achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Anawim works through:
RehabilitationPrisonOutreachMental HealthCounsellingFamily ServiceEarly InterventionsDomestic ViolenceMoney Advice
Volunteering is about giving your time to a good cause. You don’t get paid, but get the chance to use your talents, develop new skills, and experience. You will have a feeling of self-worth which comes from making a difference to other people’s lives, as well as your own.
Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand networks, and increase your social skills.
Anawim recruits, trains and support volunteers that are able to:
Deliver and observe group discussions and coursesMentor individual womenHelp at the centre preparing lunch, chatting to women, sorting out the food and clothes bank and general administration dutiesHelp with form filling, computers, CV writingAccompany women to appointmentsHelp with street and community outreach
Anawim is looking for volunteers and mentors to work in the Centre and with women in the local community. Volunteering/mentoring can be a very rewarding introduction to the work that we do as well as an opportunity to build on knowledge for those with a relevant professional background.
If you are interested please contact us:
0121 440 5296
Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is seeking volunteers…
Support@Home Volunteer opportunities
Reports To: Head of Family and Carer Support Team / Support@Home Lead
Location: In the patient’s home
Hours: Flexible – generally 2-6 hours per week
Making a Difference: to provide a home support service for patients of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.
The help given by a ‘Support@Home’ volunteer will mean a great deal to patients and their families and carers who are finding it hard to cope. Your help as a volunteer could help improve the quality of their lives at what is a very difficult time
Key Duties:
You will…
· Provide support for the patient in coping with the effects of their illness and how it impacts on their day to day life.
· Support isolated patients and where appropriate offer a ‘sitting service’ to provide respite so that carers can go out or complete tasks.
· Help if requested with setting up appropriate services (meals delivery services, domestic help, gardening help, prescription delivery service etc.)
· Accompany patients to appointments or outings where desirable/ necessary.
· Help to contact services and organisations for information and advice where appropriate.
· Support patients’ families/ carers for a limited period after the person has died.
Will the role suit me? YES, if you are…
· Someone with good listening and communication skills.
· Able to understand the effects of a patient’s illness and how it impacts on them and their families/carers.
· Someone who is practical and resourceful.
· Able to work in a positive and professional manner.
What can Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice offer me as a volunteer?
· Membership of a friendly, professional, multi-disciplinary team.
· Full training and ongoing development within the volunteer role.
· A chance to use your skills and experience to support others in need.
If you would like to know more and be considered for this role please download the role specification, volunteer enrolment form and equal opportunities monitoring form by clicking on the links below:
Volunteer Enrolment Form
Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form
Completed forms should be emailed to: recruitment@birminghamhospice.org.uk or posted to Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, 176 Raddlebarn Road, Selly Park, Birmingham, B29 7DA for the attention of the HR Department.
If you would like any more information please feel free to get in touch: 176 Raddlebarn Road, Selly Park, Birmingham B29 7DA | Tel: 0121 472 1191
Charity Trustees Needed
Solihull Action through Advocacy (SAtA) is an independent advocacy charity with around 20 staff, a team of volunteers and an exciting future. As advocates SAtA is passionate about the rights of some of the most vulnerable in society and specialise in working with people with a learning difficulty. We also currently hold the Local Authority contract to provide Care Act advocacy for older people.
Our CEO is leaving in September after seven successful years in the role and we are busy recruiting her replacement. We have a new strategy that plans an expansion in our geographical reach while building on our specialist expertise.
We want to strengthen the Board of Trustees to help us lead the strategy.
Specifically we are looking for people with the following expertise:
Fundraising
Marketing
Human Resources
Strategic Management
The Trustees commit to attend Trustee meetings six times per year, currently held on a Tuesday evening at the charity’s offices in Marston Green as well as an occasional away day. All Trustees will complete an induction programme.
If you are interested in the above voluntary role please contact Debbie Powell at debbie@solihulladvocacy.org.uk to arrange an informal conversation in the first instance.
ANSWERS TO QUIZ QUESTIONS
Executed 7. The first two 8. True
9. 15 10. No 11. Last two. 12. Good Friday 13. Prince of Wales 14. Restricted the King’s powers
15. True 16. 1918 17. St. Helena and the Falklands 18. Armada 19. Lutyens 20. 4 years
21. 1960’s 22. Literature 23. By-election 24. Art Award
How Many Did You Get Right?
24/24 Not only can you stay here. You can be our Pub Quiz captain. Even if you cheated…..
18-24 Well done Citizen Can
>18 Gonna have to do the re-sits
DRIVING THEORY ANSWERS……
1. b 2. b. 3. b 4. c 5. a 6. c 7. c 8. c 9. d 10. c. 11. b 12. c 13. a 14. a 15. a 16. b 17. a 18. b 19. b 20. a
Did you get 17 right? Super, you can now go on to the hazard recognition test, and even the practical!
ANTIQUES CHALLENGE ANSWERS…….
1. Paper clip 2. Snuff box 3. Vesta (match) box 4. Paper knife 5.Dip pen (advertising) 6. Ink stamp/seal 7. Pen brush or wiper
8. Travelling inkwell 9. Blotter 10.Propelling pencil 11. Pencase and inkwell (‘qualamdam’) 12. Ruler 13. Ink bottle
14. Book mark 15. Stamp box. Winners were: A.Johnson and H.Morell identifying 13 out 0f 15 items correctly.

AN INVITATION TO HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY 2018

Birmingham will be commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday 28th January 2018 at the Council House, Victoria Square, in the city centre. Doors open at 1pm, and visitors will be invited to light a candle of remembrance from 1.30 pm, with the commemorative ceremony starting at 2.00 pm.
Holocaust Memorial Day is the International Day of Remembrance as designated by the United Nations. It commemorates victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi persecutions as well as other worldwide genocides. The ceremony will enable all those affected by the Holocaust and other genocides, either directly or indirectly, to reflect on these experiences and issues.
The theme from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust for 2018 is The Power of Words.
I do hope that you will be able to be present on Sunday 28th January for this very important occasion. For more information regarding the days programme please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk

LOCAL HISTORY – ALL THIS YEAR!

Balsall Heath Local History Society
Speakers list 2018
The Venture, Malvern Street, Balsall Heath B12 8NN
(off Clifton Road)
Doors open from 7pm for a 7.30pm start
Visitors and new members always welcome
January 25th Journey to Balsall Heath – living, working, leisure. Sharing memories.
February 22nd – Charles Brecknell – “How to Survive the Great War- with Photos: the War Service of S N Menzies, dispatch rider & pilot 1914 – 1919”.
March 29th – Javed Hashemi – The Life of King George the Third
April 26th – Dr Graham Cope – The Grand Old Duke of York
May 31st – Bob Green – “One, two buckle my shoe” Growing up in the 1950s
June 28th – an evening visit to the Leather Museum, Walsall
July 27th – AGM and members and visitors evening
September 27th – To be confirmed
October 25th – Ruth Lowe – Mary Quant through the 40s to the 80s
November 29th – Mary Harding – Local Postcards
December 13th – Ray Sturdy – Vesta Tilley a Victorian Light
Information/contacts
valhart1@googlemail.com
0121 689 2584
or write to us
c/o St. Paul’s Community Development Trust , Hertford St, Balsall Heath, Birmingham
B12 8NJ.

GET AHEAD OF THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Thursday 25th January at Alexander Stadium in Perry Park
You are invited to our January Coffee Morning on Thursday 25th January at the Alexander Stadium in Perry Park, Walsall Road, Perry Barr B42 2LR, from 11am to 12.30pm.
The cafe is in the stand at the Alexander Stadium in Perry Park. Entry through the main (older)stadium stand entrance by the car park
Main bus routes run right past it and Perry Barr station is just under a mile away, with a bus stop right outside it.
For everyone interested, there will be a tour of the stadium that will now be developed to host the Commonwealth Games. Please let us know at info@bosf.org.uk if you are interested in attending.

NEW SCHOOLROOM TO BE LAUNCHED

The Schoolroom
Northfield Hub, 751 Bristol Rd South. B31 2NG
OPEN DAY & LAUNCH
Tuesday, January 30th 11 a.m to 4 p.m

A unique resource for schools and groups, offering a Victorian or World War 1 or 2 experience with costumes and artefacts.
For more information contact: bron.salway@blueyonder.co.uk

WHERE MIGHT OUR STATION BE?

Cllr. Tony Kennedy has been finding out how West Midlands Transport are getting with considering a new station for Balsall Heath. Their Policy Officer replied to him saying:
‘In summary, we will be carrying out some demand forecasting in-house that will allow comparison of demand from the Camp Hill line stations and we have commissioned an external agent to investigate the feasibility of constructing a station in Balsall Heath. We have identified three potential locations where a station could be sited in Balsall Heath; the two decommissioned stations – Brighton Road (shown as it was back in the day above left) and Camp Hill stations- as well as the new location identified in the neighbourhood plan. As such, the commissioned piece of work will assess these potential locations.’
There is no detail as to methods of inquiry at the moment, but there is a promise that the eventual report will be available to read.

SEASON’S GREETINGS TO EVERYONE!

To fill those small gaps between the many meals most of us will be eating over the coming week – here’s a very merry seasonal quiz kindly sent to us by helpful friends. You will find the answers lurking below our next seasonal illustration……..ho ho ho. There are no prizes, but you could have another mince pie if you manage to do any of the quiz before looking at the answers.
It helps if you have a practice with some cracker jokes. Wearing a daft hat…….
How did Mary and Joseph know that Jesus was exactly 7lb 6oz when he was born?How would you describe a group of chess players bragging about their games in a hotel lobby?What do workers at Sports Direct get for Christmas dinner?How can you recognise a Christmas tree from BHS?What is Vince Cable’s favourite Christmas song?How will Christmas dinner be different after Brexit?Why didn’t Roy Hodgson get to visit Santa at the North Pole?Why is Jeremy Corbyn asking people not to eat sprouts at Christmas?How was Scrooge helped to score a goal in the Misers Utd vs Workhouse Rangers football match?Why wouldn’t Santa be treated in an NHS hospital?What does the clementine in your Christmas stocking have in common with Donald Trump?What is Donald Trump’s favourite Christmas carol?What Christmas carol can be heard in the desert?When Santa got stuck up a chimney, he began to shout. What was he suffering from?What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?If Santa tried to sell Donner and Blitzen on eBay, why would no one bid for them?What does Miley Cyrus have for her Christmas dinner?How does good King Wenceslas prefer his pizzas?What do annoyed mice send to each other at Christmas?
If you find you have inadvertently eaten some Christmas decorations, what might you get?

They had a weigh in a manger 11. They’re both a little orange Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer 12. O comb over ye faithfulAbout 5 minutes 13. O camel ye faithfulAll the branches have gone 14. ClaustrophobiaAll I want for Christmas is EU. 15. A Christmas quackerNo Brussels 16. They’re two deerHe couldn’t get past Iceland 17. TwerkyHe wants to give peas a chance 18. Deep pan, crisp and evenThe ghost of Christmas passed 19. Cross mouse cardsHe has private elf care 20 Tinsilitis