CITY’S ARTS SECTOR PROVIDED LIFELINE THROUGH COVENTRY 2021 PARTNERSHIP

The arts sector is one of the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with everything from theatres, art galleries and production companies forced to close their doors. As we await details of the Government’s £1.57bn funding package, Heart of England Community Foundation and Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 have joined forces to provide a much-needed boost to organisations and individual artists across Coventry and Warwickshire. Heart of England Community Foundation and Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, which is currently working on a host of exciting events across the board of music, theatre and cultural heritage, has awarded more than £56,000

FOUNDATION PROVIDES ESSENTIAL SUPPORT TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES THROUGH CRUCIAL FUNDING

After launching its Doing Things Differently Fund, Heart of England Community Foundation has supported a wealth of charities across the region, awarding over £872,000 of funding so far. Following on from the success of the Foundation’s Coronavirus Resilience Fund, this latest designated pot of money is aiming to ensure that community projects can adapt safely to the ‘new normal’, so that they can continue carrying out essential support in their area. Since launching the new fund in May, the charity has supported 35 projects across Birmingham. Stretching across the West Midlands and Warwickshire, the Foundation has lent a helping hand

Life After Lockdown: Returning To Work In The New Normal

As the country continues to ease itself into the ‘new normal’ with the reopening of shops, bars and restaurants, companies large and small are looking to begin welcoming their staff back to the office space with a phased return. While this may be welcome news for some who may have found it difficult in adjusting to working from home, leading West Midlands mental health charity, Living Well UK is focusing on helping those whose may be experiencing concerns or worries around the transition. Qualified in integrative psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, Holly Beedon, clinical lead at Living Well UK, has

RESTAURANTS SIGN UP TO BE BIRMINGHAM’S SOUP-ERHEROES

As the days get shorter, the nights get colder, and next week’s temperature is set to reach zero yet again. In a week where Birmingham’s homelessness hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, a group of campaigners have taken the issue into their own hands and are pulling the city’s restaurants and residents together to take to the streets. Let’s Feed Brum, a campaign that launched in November, has signed up Chop & Wok, Umami Harborne, and Gabriels Traditional Fish and Chips. The trio of restaurants join Itihaas, and will all donate hot food one night a week at

LOCAL RESTAURANTS URGED TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND HELP TACKLE HOMELESSNESS

Ahead of this year’s annual homeless count, due to take place on 10 November, a campaign has been launched to encourage Brummie restaurants to do what they can to help the homeless. The campaign, named Let’s Feed Brum, challenges eateries to put their money – or rather food – where their mouths are, and head onto the streets to provide food to the homeless. The first restaurant to pledge its support it is local Indian restaurant Itihaas. Teaming up with local charity Inspiration Support, Itihaas is taking its kitchen to the streets to provide fresh hot food for those who

BRUM’S CURRY KING CROWNED AND LOCAL PROJECTS SUPPORTED TO THE TUNE OF £20,000

The people of Birmingham can sleep easy, now that the Curry King has taken his crown. Vision 4 Print defeated their taste-bud tempting opponents with their ‘Bombay Brexit’ dish that tikka’d all the boxes. LoveBrum has ensured that this night will be one to be remembered, but also with a lasting legacy after £20,000 was raised to support local projects.   Last Friday saw witness to a top culinary competition, aimed to highlight both the city’s love of curry and charity. Guests were invited to a black tie ball with a twist; with each table creating its own dish from

LOWER PRECINCT LAUNCHES SEARCH FOR 2016/17 CHARITY PARTNER

Lower Precinct Shopping Centre has launched the search for its next charity partner and is asking the people of Coventry to nominate their favourite causes. The partnership will run from October 2016 until September 2017, giving one local charity the chance to raise money and awareness at the city centre shopping destination. This partnership will see winning charity have the opportunity to fundraise at events within Lower Precinct, including the flagship Student Shopping Night on 5 October, which draws in over 10,000 attendees, and a selection of festivities across the Christmas period. Moving into 2017, the chosen charity will also

TARA TAKES OVER AS CHAIR OF BPS BIRMINGHAM FUTURE

Our very own Managing Director, Tara Tomes, has taken over as Chair of BPS Birmingham Future. In a speech delivered at the dinner Tara, who has been Deputy Chair for the past year, announced her Deputy for the year ahead as Kathryn Small, Business Development Manager for Gowling WLG. During The Handover event, members heard from both Rebecca as she reflected on her year as Chair and from Tara who will set out her vision for the next twelve months. A new and exciting initiative in partnership with Aston Business School was revealed, giving Future members the opportunity to develop their leadership

BIRMINGHAM IS TICKLED PINK WITH ARRIVAL OF NEW BREAST CANCER SCREENING UNIT

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Two of Birmingham’s leading charities – Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer (LFBC) and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) Charity – are improving Breast Cancer services in the city, with the arrival of their jointly-funded mobile mammogram unit. Purchased by the two charities as part of their £1 Million Appeal, which was launched by Lord Digby Jones in 2013, the new mobile mammogram unit has arrived at Broad Meadow Heath Centre in Kings Norton. This screening facility cost £250,000 and boasts leading x-ray facilities that will be used by up to 62 women a day, helping to not only detect Breast Cancer earlier but also promote

BCFC CONFIRMS LOVEBRUM AS ONE OF ITS NEW CHARITY PARTNERS

In 2016/17, the Club will support LoveBrum, a charity based in the city that unearths and funds hidden gem projects helping to make Birmingham a better place to live and work. The Club has a long tradition of aiding and helping to raise funds for various charities and worthy causes. The opportunity to link-up with an organisation that is for the greater good of the city and its people was considered the ideal match. Last night, at a special Club event at St. Andrew’s – ‘An Evening with Gary Rowett’ – the partnership was announced. Blues manager Gary Rowett and