A Poem by Naomi

“We have been through a lot, but the sun has always been there to give us hope, faith, and reassurance that things always get better. I hope others might feel inspired to express something that is true for them because I believe self-expression and any form of creativity heals our troubles and also helps us connect with other people that we can relate to and feel good with.”

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Read all About It! People with Passion Award!

We are delighted to share ‘Get Balsall Heath Reading’ has received the Community Award, for People with Passion 2020.

The lack of literacy impacts individuals and their families for generations. Adults with poor literacy skills struggle with employment, social inclusion, social mobility, self-esteem and struggle to support their children’s learning. And so, the long tail of disadvantage continues from one generation to another.

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Amsty Meets Mr Loan Shark!

On a cold and wet Wednesday afternoon, during half term, we were delighted to help Smartlyte Ltd with their event at the Balsall Heath Library.

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Smartlyte’s, ‘Families Learning Together’ workshop, helped families to raise awareness of  the dangers of  online illegal money lending and loan sharks.  Families heard the story of how Amsty;  an old computer who lives in the Library, scared away Mr Loan Shark with the help of his friend Mrs Anti.

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Balsall Heath “Food Thoughts”

Come along to Balsall Heath Library on 16th March, 11am - 1pm to look at some photographs taken by local women about food in Balsall Heath Children can take part in free activities around healthy eating and reading too.

Nursery World Awards 2018 – Winners!!

We are absolutely delighted to share that our joint project with Smartlyte: ‘#Get Balsall Heath Reading’ scooped first prize in the Nursery World Awards, 2018 in the ‘Working with Parents’ category. Our entry was one of five shortlisted finalists. Despite the stiff competition our joint entry came out as a clear winner! It was great to receive our award and certificate in a glittering ceremony, held in London on Saturday.

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We are shortlisted again for the Nursery World Awards!

We are delighted to share our project with Smartlyte, ‘#Get Balsall Heath Reading’ has been shortlisted for the Nursery World Awards, 2018.

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This is the second consecutive year ‘#Get Balsall Heath Reading’ has been nominated and shortlisted and is huge recognition of the impact and success of the parental engagement work it is achieving.

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Birmingham Forward Steps local launch

Thanks to all the families, staff, volunteers and partners who came along to Sparkhill Park on 23rd August to join in the fun at our local launch of Birmingham Forward Steps. In Partnership with St Paul's Trust, we ran egg and spoon races, built a pirate ship out of recycled material and even said hello to the Bookstart Bear.    

‘Families Voices’

Last week, we were delighted to host our ‘Families Voices’ Consultation Event at Balsall Heath Children’s Centre, in partnership with St Paul’s Development Trust and  Smartlyte.

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The consultation was arranged as part of “The Community Cohesion strategy for Birmingham  – Forward together to build a fair and inclusive city for all” outlines Birmingham City Council’s commitment and approach to promoting cohesion. The city consultation sought opinions and feedback via an online questionnaire.

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Hall Green District – Holiday Kitchen summer programme

 

 

Hall Green District launched their Holiday Kitchen Program on Saturday 28th July, at St Paul’s Trust Children’s Centre, Malvern Street, on the farm site. It was a resounding success with 82 children and parents attending.

Families were able to join in cooking a three course meal together, offering a variety of healthy choices including plenty of fruit and vegetables

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