Heart of England Community Foundation welcomes two new trustee

Heart of England Community Foundation's new trustees

The region’s leading grant-giving charity, Heart of England Community Foundation, has announced that two new faces will be joining its board. Jasmin Koasha and Calum Nisbet have been appointed as trustees, following the charity’s record-breaking 12 months, which has seen it award over £5.7m to community projects since the start of the pandemic.  Jasmin, a solicitor at Anthony Collins Solicitors, and Calum, the Commercial Director at Black Country Chamber of Commerce, will bring a combined 34 years’ of business experience to the roles, and are expected to play an instrumental part in the charity’s plans to navigate a post-pandemic world. 

All-women exhibition curated by independent curator

In a bid to highlight the phenomenal work of female artists for the masses, independent curator, Gita Joshi, has partnered with the team behind South London Women Artists (SLWArtists) to host a virtual exhibition. The online showcase, titled She answered, “Art”, launches 14 April and will include over 40 pieces created by the critically acclaimed group of visual artists.  Gita Joshi, the founder of The Curator’s Salon, has hand-selected works by SLWArtists for inclusion, comprising a range of styles including printmaking, photography, painting and textiles. Going ‘live’ on Wednesday, the online exhibition will be available to view for free throughout spring, until 23

Big Brummie Camp Out pitches up again this spring

Big Brummie Camp Out

Birmingham homeless support charity, SIFA Fireside, has announced the return of its flagship fundraiser, the Big Brummie Camp Out, following a successful debut last year. Launched as part of an urgent appeal for donations due to the pandemic, SIFA Fireside brought together campers across the West Midlands for the virtual event and raised over £50,000 for the #SIFASurvives campaign. Now, the charity hopes to fire up the same success once more, so it can continue supporting homeless and vulnerably housed adults.  This year’s Big Brummie Camp Out will take place in homes and gardens across the city on Saturday 1 May

Foundation’s £800K to support victims of modern slavery

As International Women’s Day encourages people to challenge gender bias and inequality this year, Heart of England Community Foundation is helping to ease challenges faced by women in the region. The Foundation’s capital builds programme, Building Better Lives, will soon see the opening of a 12-bed refuge and brand-new safe space built in the Black Country to protect survivors of modern slavery. Black Country Women’s Aid received £800k from a £3M funding pot created by Heart of England, which has since seen the development of a much-needed safe space which will offer urgent support to victims of modern slavery.  The

TeamEV Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day gift guide

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and though you still may not be able to see or visit your mum, we’ve pulled together the perfect guide to Mother’s Day gifts. We’ve hand-picked plenty of ideas that will be sure to lift her spirits, even if you can’t celebrate together in person.  In true EV. style, we’ve chosen some of our personal #SmallBiz favourites, along with some of the fabulous Mother’s Day gifts available to buy from the wonderful EV. clients. Keep scrolling to find the perfect present for your mum, grandma, step mum, or mother-in-law. Tara’s choice For the stylish mums

Two Birmingham businessmen uncork brand new craft beer

A new Brummie-brand called Gypsy Brew has burst onto the UK’s craft beer scene, with the launch of its first beverage, Gypsy Water. The brainchild of two local friends and business owners – pub landlord, Gary Meads, and barber Al Smith – the latest brand is set to shake up the industry, bringing a taste of something new.  Produced in a quaint microbrewery on the site of Gary’s pub, The Coach and Horses in Weatheroak Hill, Gypsy Brew started as a pipe dream for Gary and Al; however, when the pandemic saw both of their businesses forced to cease trading

Partnership aims to bring virtual live events back to life

Two of the Midlands’ leading events specialists have joined forces to create an offering aimed at bringing virtual live events back to life. Mr & Mrs Grey, the force behind Elegant Entertainment, and Eventologists, the specialists in event production, theming and decor for private and corporate events, have announced a new partnership that will see corporate events given a new lease of life.  With Covid-19 restrictions putting doubt over the return of in-person events, at least for the short term, and the future likely to include a hybrid approach to awards and celebrations, the companies have come together to give

TeamEV’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s (or… Galentine’s) Day is one of EV.’s favourite times of the year! And despite this year being celebrated a little differently due to lockdown, it’s still important to celebrate and spoil the ones you love.  A time where you would usually find gift wrap lining the retail counters, and hospitality venues fully booked, the sectors are yet to navigate through another seasonal holiday with the pressure of store and venue closures. So, despite being stuck in for yet another weekend, make the most of the time spent together and treat your loved one to something special! We’ve pulled together

Foundation opens support for Edgbaston and Northfield

The West Midlands and Warwickshire’s leading grant-giving charity, Heart of England Community Foundation, has launched a new fund, specifically for Edgbaston and Northfield. The ‘Emergency Assistance Food and Essential Supplies Grant’ has been funded through Birmingham City Council and the Foundation has partnered with Gateway Family Services, Age UK and Northfield Community Partnership, to help the area’s projects weather COVID-19 and continue their life-saving local provisions. The fund – which is now open for applications – will be awarding grants to the community organisations within Edgbaston and Northfield that are equipping the area with social support, food banks, essential supplies,


Heart of England Community Foudnation - Martineau Gardens

The region’s leading grant-giving charity, Heart of England Community Foundation, has revived its Coronavirus Resilience Fund, just 10 months after its inception. With the UK in nationwide lockdown once more, Heart of England will again be awarding grants from the emergency fund to organisations helping vulnerable communities across the West Midlands and Warwickshire who are affected by the ongoing pandemic.   Launched in March 2020 as an emergency appeal, the Foundation and its donors came together to award almost £1.6m to over 480 charities and community organisations in the region. Now as the country faces its third lockdown, the Foundation has