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Zurich Community Trust brings new life to Birmingham Settlement’s training rooms!

Posted on 31st July 2015 by · No comments


20150730_142637As part of the Zurich Community Trust’s annual staff Challenge, in July we welcomed a team of volunteers from Zurich offices as far afield as Norwich to give a much needed new lease of life to our two community training rooms. The rooms now look fresh and clean and will offer a lovely environment to the local community who use them for activities including Tai Chi, Yoga and art classes and to local organisations who book them for their own activities or training courses. We would like to say a massive thank you to Rachel, Ben, Sam and John for their hard work and taking the time out of their day jobs to support Birmingham Settlement.

Take up a challenge in the City of Birmingham Runs!

Posted on 13th July 2015 by · No comments

Team Settlement - back

On Sunday 6th September Sutton Park will play host to the City of Birmingham Runs. Participants will run through this beautiful location as they take on either the 5km fun run or the 10k and Birmingham Settlement is putting together a team to take part.

Whether you’ve run a marathon, set your heart on running your first 10k or are new to running and want to try a 5k, this is sure
to be a great day! So why not set yourself a challenge and join us?

Minimum age: 5k — No minimum age but under 12s must be accompanied by an adult / 10K — 14.

Minimum spponsorship: 5K — £28 / 10K — £34.

If you want to take part, pop in and see Sunita or call/email on: 0121 250 0716 /

City of Birmingham Run Poster June 2015 cover

Birmingham to Oxford Bike Ride 2015!

Posted on 6th July 2015 by · No comments

On Sunday 5th July 8 riders braved the summer sun and hit the roads to raise money for Birmingham Settlement. Cycling 77 miles in the scorching summer heat the riders wound their way through the country rounds all the way from Birmingham, through the Cotswolds, eventually reaching the finish line in Oxford. Despite the heat and a few aches and pains everyone finished the ride and had a great day in the process. We would like to say a massive thank you to this year’s riders and look forward to doing it all again next year!Finished!

London Marathon success and upcoming runs.

Posted on 24th June 2015 by · No comments

Martin with medal

Earlier this year our very own Chief Executive, Martin Holcombe, took on a challenge like no other… the London Marathon. Despite aches, pains and even injuries from training Martin successfully completed the gruelling 26.2 mile course, crossing the finish line in an amazing 5 hours and 2 minutes. As well as achieving a huge personal feat, Martin raised over £1,000 for Birmingham Settlement to support our work working with disadvantaged, vulnerable people in Birmingham. Just one week later Martin donned his running trainers once again taking part in the first ever Great Birmingham 10k alongside our new fundraiser, Sunita Ottridge.

Doing a sponsored run is a great way to keep fit whilst raising money for a great cause and with so many runs taking place in and around Birmingham, there is sure to be something for everyone. We are putting together teams to run in the City of Birmingham Run (5k and 10k on Sunday 6th September) and the Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon (Sunday 18th October), so if you fancy a challenge why not join us?! For more information please contact Sunita Ottridge on 0121 250 0716 or

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone that has supported our runners so far this year, without your support we would not be able to raise awareness of Birmingham Settlement or raise the much needed funds required to support our work.


Sponsor Martin’s London Marathon 2015!

Posted on 25th February 2015 by · No comments

Rebecca and Martin - ready for the off!

This year our very own Chief Executive, Martin, is bravely taking to the streets of London for this year’s London Marathon on 26th April.

If you don’t fancy taking part in a sponsored challenge yourself, why not sponsor Martin and help him cross the finish line of the ultimate challenge, the London Marathon?

If you want to sponsor Martin, please fill out the sponsor form on reception or sponsor him online with the following link:


Join a run for Birmingham Settlement.

Posted on 20th February 2015 by · No comments

Team Settlement - front

Doing a sponsored run is a great way to get some exercise to stay fit and healthy and the discipline of training can help you to focus your mind. But doing a run in aid of a charity will also help you to support local services and keep them available to those who need them. Plus you might even make some friends along the way!

With a wide range of runs coming up in Birmingham there’s plenty of choice for where and how you run – whether  you want to run 5km and get covered in paint, or run a serious half marathon we can help you to do it,

To see a list of some of the runs you can complete for Birmingham Settlement please download the flyer below. If you are interested in taking part please contact Sunita on 0121 250 0716 or email Thank you for your support!

Run for Birmingham Settlement flyer February 2015

Support us in the Great Birmingham Run.

Posted on 16th October 2014 by · No comments

Runners group photo

Team Settlement are getting their legs pumping ready for the Great Birmingham Run on 19th October. Ten brave runners have taken up the challenge to raise money for Birmingham Settlement, completing an arduous 13.1 mile run to increase awareness of our work.

This is no easy feat, so please show your support by making a donation to make the pain and hard work worthwhile. Your donation will help one of the oldest charities in Birmingham to continue delivering vital services that will educate disadvantaged children and adults alike, reduce isolation, alleviate poverty and support our communities to become stronger more vibrant places.

Come down on the day to watch the team pass the finishing line – Look out for the runners in the stylish red tops sporting the Birmingham Settlement logo!

To make a donation please visit our sponsorship page here: or if you would like to sponsor an individual runner you can find all their individual sponsorship pages here:

Sharon running top

Cyclists needed for Birmingham to Oxford bike ride.

Posted on 12th May 2014 by · No comments

On 6th July 2014 a group of cyclists will take to the roads and head from Birmingham to Oxford for charity. We have a team of cyclists taking up the challenge in support of Birmingham Settlement. We still have a few places left, so could you be one of them?

Cycling is an excellent way to get outdoors, stay healthy, see the beautiful sights of Oxford and raise money for a local cause at the same time! We will provide you with a free place in the ride, complete the paperwork and pick you up in Oxford to bring you back home – All we ask is that you raise £100 in sponsorship to donate to Birmingham Settlement. It couldn’t be easier, so join Team Settlement today and get on the road!

If you are interested in cycling for us please contact Rob Netherway on 0121 250 0764 or email For other ways you can help please see our fundraising page.

Birmingham to Brussels - On route to Oxford

Terry's cycling challenge - On the day

Funding fair for voluntary and community organisations.

Posted on 16th August 2013 by · No comments

On Wednesday 21st August 2013 from 1pm-3pm we are hosting a funding fair. We are inviting small and emerging voluntary and community organisations in Birmingham – or anyone interested in starting one – to come along to the Centre for the Aston Family (359-361 Witton Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6NS) to meet funders and find out ways to approach charitable trusts and foundations with funding requests.

This is a chance to find out about:

  • Barrow Cadbury Trust
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Birmingham & Black Country Community Foundation (representative attending)
  • Community First (representative attending)
  • Heritage Lottery Fund (representative attending)
  • Lloyds TSB Foundation
  • Sported (representative attending)
  • And more!

Meet funders, fundraisers and voluntary sector organisations to ask them your questions and find the funding you need for your valuable work!

Please direct queries towards Louise Bunn on 0121 250 0752 or email

Terry’s cycling challenge – The finishing line

Posted on 7th August 2013 by · No comments

The following was written by Terry about his cycling challenge.

On the 4th August I attempted to complete 100 miles on my bike around the streets of London and Surrey by taking part in the very first RideLondon 100.

The day started very early as I was up at 4 in the morning to get ready so that I was at the Olympic Park by my allocated time of 5.46. I got ready and set off from the hotel, arriving in plenty of time.

At 6.10 I was ushered into the starting pen with many other nervous and pensive cyclists, eventually at 6.40 we started on the long ride ahead of us. With equal measures of excitement and trepidation I set off on the closed roads of London, heading through east London into the city past the Tower then out of London into Surrey and the infamous Leith Hill and Boxhill before heading back into the city to finish on the Mall facing Buckingham Palace.

Well the day was amazing and I finished. The crowds were amazing and the atmosphere was great, which helped me to get through the tough times. I finished in an official time of 6 hours, 5 minutes and 22 seconds. When you take into account the stops I made to take on food and drinks I was cycling for around 6 hours.

The tough times were made easier knowing that the money raised was going to a great cause and that it will help more people to lead better lives. Thank you to everyone for your support and here’s to next year as I have already entered for 2014 so fingers crossed that I am successful and get an entry. Please see the photos below of my ride.

Terry's cycling challenge - On the day 1

Terry's cycling challenge - On the day 2

Terry's cycling challenge - On the day 3

Terry has raised £415 so far, but it’s not too late to give – We are trying to reach the original target of £500, can you help us get there?