East Birmingham & North Solihull

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).

Our people

Jane Barrett

Branch Leader

Jane has been working for Worth Unlimited since 2006 and has been leading the EBNS branch with Dan since 2016. She is passionate about work with young women and creating entrepreneurial experiences and social enterprise with them. When she is not at Worth Unlimited she loves being with her family and running.

Dan Sandford-Smith

Branch Leader

Dan has worked for Worth Unlimited since 2009. Previously leading the development of youth work across Yardley, Dan became co-Branch leader in 2017 alongside Jane. He is passionate about seeing young people utilise their gifts, skills and talents - becoming real “change makers” within their communities.  He is married to Steph, has one daughter and loves coffee, cycling, rugby and photography.

Katie Barnett

Youth Worker (Placement)

Katie is a second year Newman University student studying Youth and Community work, she is on placement at the East Birmingham branch. Katie is passionate about empowering young people within the community.

Flo Berrow

Youth Worker (Barrier Removal)

Flo has been working with Worth Unlimited since 2013.  Much of Flo's work is one to one with young people (barrier removing). She finds this role extremely refreshing as there is always something new happening and you never know what your going to get from one day to the next. She is passionate about helping to make changes in young peoples lives and working towards shaping their future.

Stewart Boyle

Gear Up Mechanic/Youth Worker

Stewart has been involved with Worth in some shape or form since 2012. Starting off his journey as a young person engaging with clubs and activities, six years on he’s now a full time member of the EBNS team, running our bike social enterprise Gear Up. Stewart spends most of his time either riding bikes or fixing them. When he’s not at work he also enjoys the gym and plays several instruments.  

Junior Brown

Youth Worker

Junior joined Worth Unlimited in 2017 in order to develop our work in Chelmsley Wood.  Junior runs music and sports workshops for young people and is involved with helping to develop the Listen Threads Clothing line with young people.

Louise Herman

Youth Worker (Placement)

Louise is a 2nd year youth a community work student at Newman University. She is enjoying her placement and being involved in a wide range of creative projects.  When not working she enjoys going out on her bike with her kids end making the most of the countryside and outdoors.

Adam Larkin

Youth Worker

Adam has worked for Worth Unlimited since June 2017 although has worked in partnership many years before that.  He helps local volunteers to deliver three youth clubs across East Birmingham and is passionate about improving opportunities for young people.   Adam loves giving people the opportunity to volunteer and be involved in what we are doing.

Clare Maclean

Youth Worker (Volunteer)

Clare is local resident who has grown up on the Bromford.  Clare has been a key volunteer for over 8 years, mainly helping with our Kids clubs, events and Youth drop in’s.  Clare loves face painting, helping out to keep her busy and has a real passion for local young people.

Contact

Dan Sandford-Smith
Jane Barrett 

The Hub
146 Bromford Drive
Birmingham
B36 8RE


Tel: 0121 448 3739
Email: dan.smith@worthunlimited.co.uk

jane.barrett@worthunlimited.co.uk