Hello from everyone at Birmingham Community Matters

We had a busy November, with three Birmingham Community Matters surgeries - in Cotteridge, Bournville and Stirchley. The latter we held alongside Stirchley Community Market at Stirchley Baths, where the organisers kindly offered us a stand that would otherwise have been vacant.

Hello to all the lovely people who dropped by to say hello. The market, with its cheerful atmosphere and commitment to community wellbeing, felt like a good fit for BCM. We're not at tonight's market (see the line-up here) but planning to attend again in 2020. 

Thank you to everyone who helped us during those surgeries: the teams at Stirchley Baths, Stirchley Community Market and Bournville Community Hub, and Emma, Chris and Billie. 

Our other big news is that we've hired a Development Assistant. She started with us this week and we hope you'll get to meet her soon. The strength of candidates for the post was impressive and we thank everyone who took the time to apply. 

Looking to 2020

Jo our Development Coordinatior is busy planning new surgeries. Next year we'll be looking to expand our support for small and emerging community groups across the city. We are always to happy to hear from potential partner organisations and venues - do get in touch.

If you're unfamiliar with BCM, read our blog post: 'What happens at a Birmingham Community Matters surgery?'
Would you like to be a BCM trustee?

We are delighted that Helga Edstrom has joined our trustees. She has been a civil servant for nearly 42 years and brings a world of experience and insight to our team. Welcome, Helga!

We are looking for even more trustees to strengthen our board.

Do you have knowledge, skills, enthusiasm and experience to help BCM make a positive difference to local communities?

Learn more here.
Speedy applications needed: the National Lottery's 25th Birthday grants
The National Lottery is marking its 25th birthday with a new fund for communities. TNL is offering you the chance to receive a grant of between £100 and £1000 to fund your ideas for bringing people together.

It is open to applications right now and will close at 2pm on Friday 6 December. Apply now or watch this Aardman Animations video for inspiration first ...
In Kind Direct: product giving for social good

Are you aware of In Kind Direct? It's a website where charitable organisations can buy new goods at heavily discounted prices. These goods have usually been donated by companies as a result of overstock. Registration costs nothing, and your group or charity will also benefit from discounts on stationery at Ryman and Office Depot. Have a look
Sweet Patootee

We wanted to make you aware of Sweet Patootee, producers of heritage interpretation and documentaries. You can read about the team's work here

Tony at Sweet Patootee has sent us a link to details about a WW1 documentary, Mutiny, which features unique video testimonies of Black British WW1 veterans. It comes with a downloadable info pack. You can watch the Mutiny trailer and get the info pack here

If you're interested in learning more about Tony and Sweet Patootee's research into culturally diverse and inclusive resources for wellbeing through the arts, you can contact him through Sweet Patootee and tell him Birmingham Community Matters sent you! 
Severn Trent Community Fund

Launching in 2020, the Severn Trent Community Fund will be giving away £10m over five years to support local projects, charities and community groups in the Severn Trent region. 

Further details will be released in January. You can register your interest now
Interesting events in December and January 

Climate Action Network West Midlands - steering group meeting
Tuesday 3 December

'Don't Touch My Hair': Emma Dabiri and the Politics of Black Hair
Thursday 5 December

Afghan Culture Show
Saturday 7 December

Rocketman at Kings Heath Baptist Church
Saturday 7 December

Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity Christmas Concert
Wednesday 11 December

Birmingham Buddhist Centre Sangha Night
Thursday 12 December

Christmas Fair and Family Disco
Saturday 14 December

Women & Enterprise Winter Open Fayre
Wednesday 18 December

Black Country dialect literature
Thursday 19 December

Christmas on the Box
Sunday 22 December

Domestic Abuse Awareness Training
Saturday 28 December
Live Organ Recital
Thursday 2 January

Steelhouse Lane Lock-Up Open Day
Friday 3 January

Relax and Reflect: Illuminate
Sunday 5 January

Russian New Year Celebration
Saturday 11 January

J'ai Moi - A Day of TLC for Women
Thursday 16 January

Music Maze
Sunday 19 January

Kings Heath Earth Market
Sunday 26 January

Pots, People and the Past
Wednesday 29 January

Invisible Voices: The Art of South Asian Activists
Friday 31 January

Open Afternoon at the Museum Collection Centre
Friday 31 January
We're growing our networks and always looking for useful events and info to share. This is just a small selection of things we have spotted or been sent. If you have something you'd like us to consider promoting, email

From everyone here at Birmingham Community Matters, we wish you a happy and peaceful festive season. 
Thank you

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