16-17 May: Extinction Rebellion say ‘No Going Back’ to busy, polluted streets as lockdown eases.
John Newson from Balsall Heath is Our Planet updates us on plans for the Moseley Road.
Please join us virtually on the 20th May, 2020 between 11am and 12pm to find out more about how schools, early years settings, youth providers, faith organisations and community groups can help local children, young people and families in Hall Green Constituency access Early Help support and resilience funding.
Let’s join together on Thursday 14th May at 8:05pm to play and sing the song “You’ll never walk alone” to celebrate our key workers and come together as a community.
The organisations in Birmingham who help to distribute food to those in need, are running extremely short of food and we are now at the lowest levels ever seen since the Coronavirus epidemic began. We are asking our communities to come together to help.
At The Bike Project, we take second-hand bikes, fix them up and donate them to refugees and asylum seekers in the West Midlands. We are hosting a no contact drop-off point for bike donations in B12 8SY on Wednesday 13th May 2020! If you have an old or unloved bike, we can give it a new home. Support refugees by donating your bike.
March’s Gazette from Balsall Heath Local History Society. This month find out about an old tannery in Balsall Heath and how a previous pandemic affected our area. Click on the link to view.
The Real Junk Food Project has teamed up with The Active Wellbeing Society to spearhead an emergency food response across Birmingham; the demand is huge and we believe the ‘Potato Project’ can play a part.
Many of us are really missing Balsall Heath Library and the fantastic Librarians who provide such a warm welcome. Kerry from the Library has been in touch with this message for us all.
Islamic Help and the Sultan Bahu Trust are seeking to support people during the holy month of Ramadan by providing free Iftar boxes for those in need across B11 and B12 postcodes.
With the holy month of Ramadan approaching us – it is set to be a Ramadan like no other we’ve experienced. Throughout the Coronavirus crisis, it has been an honour for us to be able to serve you and the community.
For the past 30 years, The Bahu Trust Masjid has been providing a communal iftar for people to come together in the mosque and open their fast, unfortunately, this year it is not possible but we want to keep the spirit of this service and continue to being able to provide iftar to people in their homes.
We are planning to deliver free iftar boxes for people who need them. Each box will be prepared freshly on the day, serve one person and contain; dates, fruit, one starter, rice/biryani and a fruit drink.
As you have reached out to us in the past, we wanted to ask if you would be interested in having iftar boxes delivered to you, please email us and let us know and also include how many you would need for your household, in order to allow us to plan ahead. This service is also open to non-Muslims, please also feel free to recommend others who you may feel could benefit from this service
Finally, from the team at Islamic Help and the Bahu Trust, we wish that you and your loved ones are staying safe and wish you Ramadan Mubarak.
Islamic Help & Bahu Trust
Public Health England have prepared this guidance for those who are observing Ramadan.
The full post can be viewed here: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/04/22/stay-at-home-for-ramadan/
Places of worship will remain closed for the current time
Staying at home during Ramadan will play an important part in the nation’s effort to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). That’s the message from health experts and Muslim leaders as communities across England prepare to celebrate the holy month.
The government’s current stay at home and social distancing rules apply to all UK citizens and are supported by a wide variety of Muslim community organisations including the British Board of Scholars and Imams. The government recognises that this is an unprecedented request but following these rules will help control the spread of coronavirus and protect family, friends, the wider community, and the most vulnerable.
Keeping yourself and loved ones well during Ramadan this year will mean adapting usual religious and cultural practices. This is particularly important for protecting vulnerable people who are shielding because of underlying health conditions as well as family, friends and carers of those who are most vulnerable.
During Ramadan you should only leave your home for one of four reasons:
- shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
- one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
- any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
- travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.
Traditionally Ramadan is a time for communal prayer, spiritual reflection, meals with extended family and friends to break daily fasts, and concludes with the community celebration of Eid-Al Fitr. Whilst staying at home throughout the holy month will be challenging, it is necessary to protect the NHS and save lives.
Consider how you could use technology to stay connected with your family, friends and wider religious community at this time. Video and social media could connect you to worship services and ceremonies. Individual pastoral and care visits could be received by phone. Despite being physically apart, religious practices could be observed at the same time of day as the rest of your faith community. Your faith leaders will be able to advise you on the many ways for you to stay connected.
Fasting for healthy people can continue as usual this Ramadan. If you have very mild symptoms of coronavirus or a flu-like illness and don’t require medication or treatment, as advised by a physician, you can also fast but should do so while self-isolating. Other coronavirus patients with more severe symptoms should consider not fasting, as is usual for patients with any serious illness. Always consult your physician for advice on the particular circumstances of your condition and whether or not fasting is advisable. People preparing food for others for iftar or suhoor, shouldn’t do so if they have any symptoms of coronavirus or any other flu-like illness, even if the symptoms are mild.
In addition to performing wudu before prayers, healthy hygiene should also be maintained through handwashing for 20 seconds, using soap and water or a hand sanitiser, when you enter your home, blow your nose, sneeze or cough and eat or handle food, to help protect yourself and others.
Osman Dar, Consultant in Global Health at Public Health England said: “Ramadan is a time for prayer, contemplation, self-sacrifice and charity – all of these qualities are key to supporting our collective effort in tackling this pandemic. This Ramadan, let’s think about how we can best protect the most vulnerable in our families, amongst our neighbours and in all our diverse communities. By working together we can minimise the transmission of coronavirus and reduce the chances of overwhelming our health and care services. Let us not forget the deeply spiritual reminders this pandemic brings; unite, pull together and leave nobody behind insha’Allah.
Stay at home for Ramadan
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
- If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
- Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable you’re strongly advised to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact, to protect yourself. Read more about shielding.
If you have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, and do not require hospital treatment, or if you live in a household with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus you must remain at home until you are well. Read more about self-isolation and household isolation.
The UK Government is following a scientific-led action plan to reduce the impact of coronavirus, to protect the NHS and to save lives. The success of this plan depends on the nation’s support to follow the guidance. Please follow this guidance and stay safe this Ramadan.
Isra-Uk Charity is helping the local community during these unprecedented times by distributing food packs to vulnerable families who are isolating.
Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the carnival has been cancelled for this year. Watch this space for next year though!!
This is an update from local Police about current support available for people experiencing domestic abuse.
We have seen and heard how our communities are looking out for one another right now and it is sincerely heart-warming.
We know that some people are concerned about friends, family and neighbours who might be suffering domestic abuse – whether that is violence, being threatened or someone controlling their behaviour.
Victims of domestic abuse may well feel there is nowhere to turn to for help and nowhere to go right now if they want to leave an abusive relationship.
We have been talking to our partners, a range of charities that support domestic abuse victims and our local councils. Their message is that refuges are still open and accommodation, advice and support is still available for people who need help.
A list of organisations ready to help people in Birmingham are:
Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid
0808 800 0028
Birmingham Housing Options Hub:
0808 169 9604
Birmingham Council Housing
0121 303 7410 or 0121 303 2296/4806
Adult Social Care
0121 303 1234 or 0121 675 4806
Children’s Social Care
0121 303 1888 or 0121 675 4806
A full list of regional charities can be found on our website: https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/domestic-abuse
We also know that children often suffer in households where there is domestic abuse. If you are concerned about a child, you can get advice, Live Chat our staff and report abuse to us using this link – https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/child-abuse
Alternatively you can talk to the NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
If someone is in immediate danger and their life is threatened, they should dial 999 and we will get officers to them as soon as possible. If they cannot talk they can make a silent 999 call by typing 55 after the call is answered.
Domestic abuse can be reported to us using our website https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/. It’s easy to use and could be safer than calling.
Anyone can webchat our staff easily via the website for help and advice without having to talk to someone on the phone.
Together we are a community – let’s spread the message that no victim is alone.
The Active Wellbeing Society has compiled a list lots of exercise and learning activities from around the Internet for people of all ages and abilities.