Hello from everyone at Birmingham Community Matters 

Happy Volunteers' Week. We are so grateful to the experienced helpers who attend our surgeries and give face-to-face support to people with questions about their own small community groups and projects. If you are among them: thank you. 

mugs and milkOur trustees are working tirelessly behind the scenes to develop BCM. As you may know, we have secured funding to continue for at least the next three years, so we are busy drawing up plans and refining our systems.

We're planning to have new surgery dates and events for you from the autumn onwards - and there will be news and updates before then.

In the meantime we'll continue sharing useful community info through this newsletter, our Facebook and Twitter channels, and face-to-face whenever we bump into you! 
B30 Get Together: tonight

Just a little reminder that our B30 Get Together is taking place this evening (Thursday 6 June from 7.30-9pm) at Bournville Parish Church, St Francis of Assisi. 

It says B30, but everyone is welcome!

If you are:
* Volunteering for a community group
* Coordinating work in the area for a charity
* Working with a small social enterprise
* Part of a public institution
* Just interested in getting more involved with community life
. . . we'd love you to join us. We've planned this event alongside Councillor Fred Grindrod with hopes for building an even more connected community in B30 and beyond.
You can sign up here. It is very helpful if you book so we know how much tea and coffee to make. There is no need to print your ticket, though - save the paper and just come along. We look forward to seeing you. 
Dance to Health conference

Our chair Emma Woolf was honoured to attend Dance to Health's annual conference at Birmingham Hippodrome on Monday (4 June). Emma led an afternoon session on running a community group, which was very well received.

Dance to Health is a nationwide pioneering dance programme for older people, which combines falls-prevention principles with the creativity, expression and energy of dance. We will be keeping in touch with the charity as it expands, perhaps offering further support to emerging Dance to Health groups. 

In Birmingham, Dance to Health is managed by Aesop and runs in partnership with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Connected Care Partnerships. You can find out about local dance sessions here
Interesting events in June and July

Groundswell Birmingham
Saturday 8 June

British Heart Foundation Charity Football Match and Family Fun Day
Saturday 8 June

Fawcett West Midlands: June campaign meeting
Monday 10 June

Refugee Entrepreneurship and Skills
Monday 17 June

Homelessness Conference
Wednesday 19 June

Using the law to protect refugee and migrant rights
Thursday 20 June

Beating Knives: Birmingham for Peace
Saturday 22 June

Breaking Bread: 1st Annual Banquet
Saturday 22 June

Viva La Sisterhood Period Packing Party
Saturday 22 June

Worth Unlimited Curry Night
Tuesday 25 June

Birmingham St Mary's Hospice Charity Pub Quiz 2019
Wednesday 26 June

Institute of Fundraising West Midlands: Sole Fundraisers Networking
Thursday 27 June

'Front door' to 'Kitchen': How to reach new people and grow your church
Thursday 27 June

No Planet B
Saturday 29 June

Retreat in aid of Bearwood Action for Refugees
Sunday 30 June
Changing childhoods: how can we address the challenges facing children today?
Tuesday 2 July

The Choir with No Name
Wednesday 3 July

What does economic justice mean for the West Midlands?
Thursday 4 July

Saturday 6 July

Birmingham remembers Srebrenica
Monday 8 July

Bethel Fundraising Carnival Summer Ball
Saturday 13 July

Institute of Fundraising West Midlands: Sole Fundraisers' Networking - July
Thursday 25 July

WAITS salsa night
Thursday 25 July
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
Thank you

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