Author: Rachel Gillies

Balsall Health Local History Society – Gazette November 2020

Balsall Heath Local History Society’s monthly gazette is now available to download. A man searches for his mother, we learn about a local wrestler and Heath Mount Primary celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

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Digital Skills Surveys

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the inequalities that exist when it comes to digital skills and access to digital equipment. To better understand the digital needs of both residents of Hall Green constituency and community groups that provide activities and services, the Hall Green Neighbourhood Network Scheme team have devised two rolling surveys.

The first survey is intended to be completed by residents of Hall Green constituency, which includes the wards of Balsall Heath West, Brandwood & Kings Heath, Hall Green North, Hall Green South, Moseley, Sparkbrook & Balsall Heath East, and Sparkhill.


The second survey is intended to be completed by community groups, other community assets in Hall Green constituency to understand the digital skills of organisations. The Hall Green NNS team have a pot of money to undertake capacity building which includes improving the digital skills of organisations in Hall Green. The information that the team gather from this survey will help to shape the training and support we provide.

Hall Green Neighbourhood Networks Scheme will be gathering the data from these surveys over the coming months. If you have any questions about the survey or would like to know more about the Hall Green Communities digital skills work please e-mail Natalie.Tichareva@accordgroup.org.uk.

Thrive Together Birmingham Christmas Toy Appeal

With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting families hard financially many parents and guardians may be worrying about gifting toys to children. To help support families in need Thrive Together Birmingham have set up the Toy 4 Birmingham initiative, calling for donations of toys for families in need.

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Big Chat – Balsall Heath Together

Balsall Heath Neighbourhood News Online is partnering with Active Communities to explore how we can promote and celebrate what is happening in Balsall Heath.
We would like to invite you to join us for a one hour video call on Monday 7th December at 1pm to discuss how we can work together. This is also a great opportunity to meet residents and organisations active in our community.

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Wanted: Photographer-videographer

GUSH Theatre are a Birmingham-based theatre company who make original work and host regular Theatre Mix events to platform local artists. We are seeking a freelance photographer-videographer with their own equipment to work with us on three Theatre Mix events and an R&D for our show GUSH!

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Free training for community groups

The Hall Green Neighbourhood Network Scheme is running a programme of free training for Hall Green based community groups and organisations. The aim is to support groups, organisations and individual’ who provide activities or services that improve the health and wellbeing of the over 50s.

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Wanted: Graphic Designer

GUSH Theatre are a Birmingham-based theatre company who make original work and host regular Theatre Mix events to platform local artists. We are looking to commission two logos: a company logo and one for Theatre Mix, including different formats for social media use etc.
Fee: £500

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Theatre Mix @ Home: Open Slots

Have you created something before or during lockdown that you’ve not had a chance to perform yet? Theatre Mix is a performance night featuring a whole range of what Birmingham has to offer – scripted, devised, music, spoken word, cabaret, physical theatre and more. We’re open minded!

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Theatre Mix @ Home: Artist Call Out

Theatre Mix @ home A R T I S T S L O T S – CALLING ALL BIRMINGHAM-BASED PERFORMERS, THEATRE-MAKERS & CREATIVES.

Have you created something before or during lockdown that you’ve not had a chance to perform yet, or are looking for further performance opportunities?

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Wanted: Technician for 2x live-streamed events

GUSH Theatre are seeking a freelance technician to live-stream two performance events. The role will involve facilitating one live-stream remotely (all performers will be in their own homes), and working alongside a videographer to facilitate the second live-stream from our host venue in Balsall Heath.

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