Children in Need funding unlocks mental health funding for thousands in the West Midlands

Child writing on a notepad with a pencil, with pencil sharpening debris next to the hand

With pupils returning to the classroom on Monday, the West Midlands’ leading mental health charity, Living Well UK, is using funding from BBC Children in Need to support even more young people. Since the start of the pandemic, Living Well UK has helped almost 6,000 young people in the region to receive mental health and wellbeing support. However, now the experts are warning that this number could further skyrocket in the coming weeks. Facing a combination of back-to-school anxiety, fears of having fallen behind, and the uncertainty of what lessons in the ‘new normal’ will look like, the prospect of

Residential property expert Centrick secures £400k grant for cladding

Centrick's Group Managing Director Phil Johns in front of Birmingham city centre's buildings discussing cladding

Residential property expert, Centrick, has become one of the first in the region to secure remuneration as part of the government’s cladding £1billion building safety fund. Receiving £400k on behalf of its client – a 227 unit development in Birmingham – the money negotiated by Centrick will cover the costs of replacing the building’s cladding to updated safety specifications, as well as recovering legal, professional and survey fees for the leaseholders. The money secured will be put directly into replacing the external façade on the building with Euroclass-A rated materials, in a process that involved removing the current render and

PHIL JOHNS APPOINTED AS CENTRICK’S GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR

Centrick's Chairman James Ackrill and Centrick's newly appointed Group Managing Director Phil Johns stood outside the company's headquarters

Midlands-based property specialist Centrick has started 2021 by getting the house in order, with the announcement that Phil Johns has been appointed as Centrick’s Group Managing Director. With extensive experience in strategic leadership, tech solutions and business development, Phil’s appointment is set to accelerate the independent firm’s growth plans for this year and beyond. With over 16 years’ experience working in the property industry, including 13 months as Centrick’s Group Operating Director, this appointment sees Phil Johns step into a new role focused on strengthening and diversifying the businesses offering. Building on Centrick’s success during the pandemic, this will initially

NHS’ ONE-STOP 24/7 MENTAL HEALTH PHONE-LINE DEBUTS

Woman calling the NHS one-stop 24/7 mental health phone-line in Birmingham and Solihull

The NHS has joined forces with Living Well UK and Birmingham Mind, to launch the region’s first one-stop mental health call-line for Birmingham and Solihull. Designed to make accessing mental health support as easily as possible, the 24-hour telephone number will allow callers to get immediate help over the phone from trained staff, as well as bespoke plans for aftercare assistance, all remotely. The one-stop mental health call-line for Birmingham and Solihull is part of a suite of early intervention methods, which also includes a Live Web Chat instant messenger service and an email address operated by trained staff to

INTERNATIONAL E-BIKE BUSINESS ON TRACK FOR UK EXPANSION

Calamus team receive place on Birmingham Enterprise Community accelerator scheme

Successful start-up Calamus – an e-bike company founded in India – is making its journey into the UK market, thanks to a place on the Birmingham Enterprise Community (BEC) FORWARD accelerator scheme. Calamus is now in line to receive full support and backing to help establish a base in Birmingham, operating its UK HQ from the nation’s second city. Calamus is the first business to be welcomed onto the third cohort of the innovative FORWARD programme, which was launched back in 2019. The start-up has been selected for the FORWARD programme to build on the success it has notched-up overseas,

Birmingham brands’ new platform sheds light on workplace wellbeing

The Lumien workplace wellbeing platform in action on a smartphone

Leading mental health charity, Living Well UK, has teamed up with fellow Birmingham tech-developers, Lumien, to launch a brand new platform assessing mental health in the workplace. The two Birmingham brands’ new platform sheds light on workplace wellbeing to ensure it remains a priority in lockdown. Accumulating information, analysing the results and advising on steps to help remedy the problems, the Lumien application will be vital in the fight to keep mental health a priority for Birmingham’s employers and employees alike. With the country navigating a second lockdown and remote working looking like the ‘new normal’ for the foreseeable, the

CENTRICK SECURES HIGH STREET SPACE FOR CHINESE SUPERMARKET IN SELLY OAK

A Chinese supermarket, complete with accommodation above, is set to open in the heart of Birmingham’s student village following a major deal secured by Centrick Commercial. A welcome addition to the vibrant Selly Oak high street, the unit will be the latest home for Taste Chinese Supermarket, secured with rent in excess of the £80,000 a year guide price. The 3,850 sq. ft. site, situated at the junction of Bristol Road South and Harrow Road in Selly Oak, has been let to business owner Jiang Young Feng. Having already established a number of similar developments in Leeds, this will be

FOKA WOLF AND EVOLVE JOIN FORCES TO CALL FOR END TO YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

Exchanging teas for tees, Evolve has teamed up with the region’s infamous satire artist, Foka Wolf, to issue an urgent call to action for Birmingham to support its young people. The pair have today launched their limited edition t-shirts for sale; with proceeds going towards funding the social enterprise café’s work-placement schemes for those aged 16-25. With stats showing that Generation Z has been the hardest hit by employment cuts in light of the ongoing pandemic, Foka Wolf – the artist touted as ‘Birmingham’s answer to Banksy’ – wanted to put pressure on the city to do the right thing

NEW SOCIAL ENTERPRISE JUMPS INTO ACTION TO HELP VULNERABLE WOMEN ACROSS THE CITY

A brand-new social enterprise has launched in Birmingham, bringing women together to empower one another through fitness, wellbeing and group support. SheBeasts Limited sees fee-paying clients sign up for one-to-one personal training sessions, with profits re-invested into funding group activities for women in refuges across the city. Whilst helping women improve their fitness across the board, SheBeasts Ltd will also work with women recovering from trauma, ranging from substance misuse through to domestic abuse. These private sessions will focus on the importance of physical and mental wellbeing, providing advice and support on a range of skills, including nutrition, fitness, health,

CENTRICK OPENS THE DOOR TO NEW DIRECTOR

Centrick has continued to cement its place in the property industry with the expansion of its team; the property specialist is welcoming two new members, including most notably Sarah Hammond as it new Estate Management Director. With over 20 years’ experience working in the residential property industry – including director level roles at Mainstay Residential – Sarah already feels at home with Centrick. Her latest position will involve overseeing its portfolio of more than 250 estate management properties, focusing on bringing the highest level of customer service to its 10,000 plus residents. One of the leading managing agents in the