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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
From everyone here at Birmingham Community Matters, we wish you a happy and peaceful festive season.
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