BUILDING BETTER LIVES SCHEME PAVES THE WAY TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR YMCA BIRMINGHAM

Heart of England Community Foundation is celebrating six months of its ‘Building Better Lives’ programme, which originally launched back in November 2019. YMCA Birmingham, just one of the three charities funded by the programme, is using the grant of just over £1 million to fund the construction of 27 self-contained flats at its Northfield site, Magdalene Court.  Since 2010, Government-funded youth services and resources have been cut by almost 70% and, as a result, have seen 750 youth centres close across England and Wales. Support for young people is crucial, and charities like YMCA provide this by offering them safe

ESPRESSO-DELIVERY: EVOLVE LAUNCHES COFFEE DOOR-DROP SERVICE

Evolve Delivers - Coffee to your door Birmingham

Having seen normal life grind to a halt almost five weeks ago, the UK is missing many things: family gatherings; get-togethers with friends; and shop-bought coffee being just three of them. However, social enterprise café Evolve is aiming to address the latte, with the launch of ‘Evolve Delivers’: an at-home drop-off service that will bring coffee beans direct to your door. Brewing the idea since the city went into isolation, Evolve has now brought its deliveries to life, offering three hamper options. Filled to the brim with the bestsellers from its Digbeth and Selly Park sites, each aims to bring

HEART OF ENGLAND BEATS ITS TARGET WITH £25M AWARDED IN 25 YEARS

After celebrating its 25th birthday just two months ago, Heart of England Community Foundation, the region’s leading supporter of community projects and local charities, has hit yet another major milestone. Founded exactly a quarter of a century ago, the Foundation has now awarded an incredible £25million to projects and organisations across the West Midlands and Warwickshire. The celebration comes alongside a fantastic year for the charity as it commemorates granting over £5million over the last 12 months alone. This has seen more than 740 grants distributed to a whole host of grassroots community causes, local charities, and development schemes that tackle key issues across

TIPS ON TAKING CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING LOCKDOWN

Living Well UK - Mental Health Tips

As the country prepares for at least another two weeks of lockdown, there’s never been a more important time to focus on not just our general health, but our mental health and well-being, too. Being shut inside our homes and unable to spend time with our family and friends, alongside worries about the future might be starting to take their toll, so it’s key that we carry out and utilise exercises and key tools to maintain a positive state of mind during these uncertain times. Qualified in integrative psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, Holly Beedon, clinical lead at Living Well

EMPLOYABILITY PROJECT INVESTS IN LOCAL PEOPLE HELPING TO FUFIL ALL-IMPORTANT ROLES

Walsall College

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the term “key-worker” has never carried such weight. However, the UK’s opinion on which jobs qualify for the title has changed rapidly since the virus halted every-day life. Respect for NHS workers, lorry drivers and supermarket teams is now stronger than ever; but with growing demand and heightened pressure, they are looking to recruit more. Now, thanks to schemes like Community Matters Project, the team at Heart of England Community Foundation has helped fill job roles to meet the need in the West Midlands.   No-one could have predicted the shift in core workers, but

FAMILIES INVITED TO CAMP UNDER THE STARS IN AID OF SIFA FIRESIDE

Big Brummie Camp Out

Spring has sprung and whilst holidays seem a long way off, a brand new campaign is encouraging friends and families from across Birmingham to enjoy the Great Outdoors, albeit in their own back gardens. The Big Brummie Camp Out will be taking place on the Early May Bank Holiday (Friday 8 May), with the aim of bringing a little light relief into lockdown, whilst also raising money for one of the city’s key homeless charities.   Launched by SIFA Fireside, Birmingham’s main day centre for homeless and vulnerably housed adults, the Big Brummie Camp Out focuses on the importance of “home” at

LIVING WELL UK LAUNCHES DEDICATED CRISIS CALL-LINE FOR KEY WORKERS

Living Well UK - Helpline - Key Workers Mental Health Call Line

With key workers across the country continuing to work around the clock to save lives of those affected by Covid-19, West Midlands charity Living Well UK has rolled-out a new initiative to ensure that their mental health needs are supported at this crucial time. The charity has launched a free call-line, offering access to trained counsellors and talking therapists and, in more severe cases, immediate mental health triage support exclusively for those on the frontline. Creating a safe and full-supported space for key workers to turn to in times of need, Living Well UK has partnered with the Birmingham and

FIRST GRANTS AWARDED TO LOCAL PROJECTS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

Heart of England

Following the launch of an urgent appeal last month, Heart of England Community Foundation has awarded over £15,000 from its Coronavirus Resilience Fund in the first week of operation. The Foundation has received almost £230,000 in donations to support local communities across the region during the current pandemic.  The Coronavirus Resilience Fund is open to local community groups and projects who provide vital support across various constituencies, with the aim of easing financial concerns caused by the Covid-19 crisis. The first grants were awarded last week to 11 charities across the West Midlands and Warwickshire, all who received grants up to £1,500.

EVOLVE APPOINTS TAYLOR BARRETT AS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE LEAD

Evolve Social Enterprise Lead Taylor Barrett

Evolve has created its first Social Enterprise Lead role and is welcoming long-serving team member, Taylor Barrett, into the position. With two cafés, three years and numerous awards to its name, the social enterprise is entering a new dawn with Taylor at the helm, which it hopes will see a period of tremendous growth… and even another venue. Since opening its doors in 2017, Evolve has helped provide young people facing barriers to employment with training, qualifications and job opportunities. Created by addiction support charity Aquarius, Evolve has since gone on to help 28 young people, offering over 1,000 hours

EMERGENCY FUND LAUNCHED IN ORDER TO SUPPORT COMMUNITIES DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

HoECF

After launching an urgent appeal last week, Heart of England Community Foundation has received almost £80,000 to support local communities across the region during these unprecedented times. The charity opens its Coronavirus Resilience Fund today, which local community groups and projects can apply for, in order to help ease financial concerns during the current pandemic.  The fund, which was announced by Heart of England Community Foundation last week, will be available to constituted groups providing services such as food banks, social eating projects, emergency food parcel deliveries, and those engaging in outreach activities; all vital for various constituencies within the West