East Birmingham & North Solihull
We are committed to creatively engage with both young people and our neighbourhood to make our community a better, more connected place. We place an emphasis on being locally rooted, using an Asset based approach and being there for the long haul.
What we do
We currently have a number of ways in which we live this out with our young people and the communities we work in.
We run a number of open access youth sessions across East Birmingham and North Solihull, giving young people access to a safe, positive, fun space to just "be" in. As part of our "Together We Can" project we offer young people 1:1 support, and involvement in intergenerational social action projects. We believe young people should be active "change makers" within their communities and Social action gives them the means to do this.
We deliver this within schools and the local community. We work with young women around social enterprise supporting them to develop a new clothing brand (Listen threads). We also deliver mentoring and 1:1 support within schools and run Gear Up our Bike Social enterprise.
Together We Can!
Together We Can! is a 3-year intergenerational, community-building project within the Firs & Bromford neighbourhood which we run with our partner, Open Door Community Foundation.
It is partially funded by the Big Lottery and partially by Firs & Bromford Neighbours Together (Big Local funding). The project brings together youth work and adult-focused community-building work to maximise the opportunities for intergenerational (as well as cross-cultural) interaction and relationship-building, as we seek to support both young people and adults on a developmental journey from ‘first contact’, through ‘clearing obstacles’ and ‘pathways in to participation’, towards being able to ‘make meaningful contributions’ (within the neighbourhood and wider), and to develop skills, confidence and connections to initiate and lead their own groups and activities.
Across the two ‘age bands’ (young people and adults), TWC! pursues two parallel ‘strands’ of work: ‘street connecting’ (making connections with, and between, local people, and growing new forms of associational life from those connections), and ‘support and development’ (supporting local people to grow in the confidence, skills and connections needed to be able to participate in and contribute to the life of their neighbourhood, and wider).