Birmingham Community Matters

Type of service

Support with setting up and running community groups and projects

Organisation description

Birmingham Community Matters (BCM) supports small and emerging community groups across Birmingham by bringing them face to face with people who have experience of doing similar things.

Our Community Matters Helpers can help by talking through:

* The steps needed to set up a community or voluntary group (turning interest into action, choosing a suitable structure, registering as a charity)

* Ideas for forming links with other organisations

* Funding applications (demonstrating the ‘needs’, planning activities to meet those needs, costing projects, identifying suitable funders)

* Everyday considerations for running your group (establishing policies and procedures, managing finances)

* Ways to bring people together (promoting your group, recruiting and managing volunteers).

We always end up learning something new too. That’s why we call BCM a ‘peer to peer learning network’. Our motto is: ‘Everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to teach’.

Geographical area covered

Birmingham

Contact Information

Name:

Jo Burrill (Development Coordinator)

Email:

Organisation email: info@birminghamcommunitymatters.org.uk

Phone:

Website:

Organisation website: https://birminghamcommunitymatters.org.uk/

Social Networks

Twitter:

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/birminghamcommunitymatters

BCC- Refugee & Migration Team

Type of service

Service Commissioning, Strategy & Development

Organisation description

Commissioners of refugee, asylum & migration support services, preventing crisis & enabling integration projects & connecting communities project

Geographical area covered

Birmingham

Contact Information

Natasha Bhandal
0787 492 9814
natasha.bhandal@birmingham.gov.uk
http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cos

Geoff Mitchell
0789 278 5620
geoff.mitchell@birmingham.gov.uk
http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cos

Bethany Finch
07548 123 286
bethany.finch@birmingham.gov.uk

Julie-Anne Wright
0789 278 6727
Julie-Ann.Wright@birmingham.gov.uk
http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cos

Iram Choudry
iram.choudry@birmingham.gov.uk

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20057/about_birmingham/2011/city_of_sanctuary/3

http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cos

Social Networks

Twitter

West Midlands Police CTU

Type of service

Statutory Service

Organisation description

Counter Terrorism policing is a national network. While most of the units work is based within the West Midlands, they can also be asked to investigate cases anywhere in the country.

Geographical area covered

Birmingham & the West Midlands

Contact Information

Mohammed Najib

https://west-midlands.police.uk/specialist-teams/counter-terrorism
0778 5998610
m.najib@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

West Midlands Migration Partnership

Type of service

Strategy, Planning & Service Coordination

Organisation description

Strategic Migration Partnerships (SMPs) are local authority-led partnerships which provide structures and forums of engagement for effectively dealing with migration at a local, regional and national level. SMPs work to meet the needs of National and Local Governments, and local communities.

Geographical area covered

West Midlands

Contact Information

Alice Winstanley -UASC Policy Officer
0121 303 6154
alice.winstanley@birmingham.gov.uk
www.wmsmp.org.uk

Social Networks

Twitter

Migration Policy and Practice

Type of service

Service & Information Coordinator

Organisation description

Project to support the voluntary sector in Birmingham and the Black Country by improving coordination, communication and collaboration to support the effective settlement of migrants and a positive integration agenda

Geographical area covered

Birmingham, Black Country

Contact Information

Andrew Hoole
Project Coordinator
0121 250 0713
07535 519062
andy@migrationpolicy.org.uk

http://www.migrationpolicy.org.uk

Social Networks

Twitter

Cultural Development Service – BCC

Type of service

Strategy & Service Commissioning

Organisation description

Cultural commissioning
Advice and guidance for artists & organisations & arts funding
Cross-council cultural commissioning to meet service priorities
Cultural Advocacy

Geographical area covered

Birmingham

Contact Information

Claire Starmer
0121 464 9277
Claire.starmer@birmingham.gov.uk

https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50050/culture_arts_and_heritage/1046/apply_for_arts_funding

Birmingham Mind – Community Development Worker Service

Type of service

Community Development & Training

Organisation description

The communities we work with face a variety of complex barriers in accessing mental health well being support services and information by offering a range of flexible and creative support and information across Birmingham.

Geographical area covered

Birmingham

Contact Information

Fiona Coakley – Senior Manager
https://birminghammind.org/

Uroy Kelly African Caribbean Communities
uroykelly@birminghammind.org
07801130660

Ibrar Uddin Newly Arrived Communities
ibraruddin@birminghammind.org
07801130526

Birmingham City of Sanctuary

Type of service

Awareness Raising/Campaigning

Organisation description

Umbrella Organisation for networks providing a welcome to asylum seekers & refugees and promoting awareness raising through advocacy and many channels for welcome

Geographical area covered

Schools, Colleges and Universities. Libraries, sports clubs & gardening projects and all places of welcome.

Contact Information

Margaret Hooper
info@birmingham.cityofsanctuary.org
https://birmingham.cityofsanctuary.org

Twitter:

Asylum Matters

Type of service

Campaigning

Organisation description

Asylum Matters works in partnership locally and nationally to improve the lives of refugees and people seeking asylum through social and political change. We do this by:

Bridging the gap between asylum policy and practice: We mobilise our regional networks to collect evidence about the impact of policies on people going through the asylum system. In this way we aim to ensure that national policy discussions are informed by the realities faced by refugees and people seeking asylum.
Acting as a catalyst and convenor of campaigning action: We coordinate advocacy and campaigning work on a range of issues ahead of key influencing opportunities. We also provide a forum for our partners to exchange information, share best practice and plan joint action.
Reinforcing links between local and national campaigning: We facilitate collaboration between local organisations and national agencies. Where possible, we align campaigning activities and ensure consistency in messaging so that decision-makers receive the same calls to action at local and national levels.
Building voice and local campaigning capacity: We work with local partners to build their capacity and support their own campaigning and advocacy work. We look for platforms for refugees, people seeking asylum and their supporters to tell their stories and campaign for change.
Advocating directly with decision-makers: We work with policy-makers to address the issues identified by our partners and ensure that these discussions are informed by local perspectives.

Geographical area covered

West Midlands

Contact Information

Emma Birks
07557 983227
West Midlands
emma@asylummatters.org
www.asylummatters.org

Social Networks


Facebook: Asylum Matters

Twitter

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