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Volunteer Marketplace.

Posted on 26th May 2015 by · No comments

Volunteers' Week

Volunteers’ Week is nearly here and to celebrate we’re holding a Volunteer Marketplace to help you find a new volunteer opportunity. Maybe volunteering could be the start of a new career, a time to make friends, or maybe just the chance to do something new and exciting you’ve not tried before. With our centre rammed full of organisations ready to tell you about the roles they have available, you have plenty of choice available. Whether you’re interested in working with mental health, older adults, children, animals or in the great outdoors, we have it all! Come along and find something new this Volunteers’ Week.

The Volunteer Marketplace will take place on Tuesday 2nd June from 1pm-3pm at Birmingham Settlement Aston, Centre for the Aston Family, 359-361 Witton Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6NS.

For further information please download the flyer below:
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If you can’t make it to Aston there are also Volunteer Marketplaces taking place at the following locations:

  • Birmingham City Centre – Monday 1st June, 2pm-4pm – BVSC, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR
  • Castle Vale – Friday 5th June, 10am-1pm – Castle Vale TRA, Spitfire House, Community Campus, 10 High Street, Birmingham, B35 7PR

FoodCycle Hub Leader information evening.

Posted on 27th March 2015 by · No comments


FoodCycle are recruiting for 4-6 volunteers to join the Hub Leader team to manage and develop the Birmingham Hub based at Birmingham Settlement. On Thursday 16th April 2015, from 6.30-8pm, join us for an evening meeting for anyone who is interested in finding out more about becoming a Hub Leader, to give you a chance to discuss the role and meet other people interested in joining the team too.

Hub Leaders work in a team of around 8 people, taking it in turns to run the kitchen each week and making sure that all volunteers and guests enjoy the meal and the company. However, our Hub Leaders also have the opportunity to get involved in managing all aspects of their local project, from co-ordinating volunteers and community fundraising, to community engagement, marketing, PR and social media. To find out more about the roles available, please go to

You’re not committing to anything by coming along, and there will be snacks provided, so if you’d like to find out more then just click here sign up on the website!

If you have any questions about the role or the info evening, please just get in touch with Andy on or call the office on 020 7729 2775.

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

Calling Aston residents: Change your community!

Posted on 6th January 2015 by · 1 comment

If you live in Aston and have a bit of spare time on your hands, you could make a great difference in your local community by working with our Community Organisers, Gabby and Hazel, on a voluntary basis. Community Organising is all  about listening to the views of local people and helping them channel their passions in the right direction. They help people build networks of local people who have the vision to improve their own neighbourhoods. All you need is a bit of passion and you could create positive change in Aston! What could you do new this year? For further information download the flyer below.

Community Organiser volunteer flyer January 2015

FoodCycle – Reducing waste, feeding communities.

Posted on 21st November 2014 by · No comments

We are pleased to have become the Birmingham base for FoodCycle, a charity that turns wasted food into an opportunity for a good meal! FoodCycle aims to do four things – reduce waste, reduce food poverty, train volunteers and build community. To achieve this they take surplus food from supermarkets and use it to cook nutritious vegetarian meals that are given out to the community free of charge. We are hosting FoodCycle every Sunday lunch time from 30th November onwards at our centre in Aston. Each week FoodCycle volunteers will be cooking up some scrumptious meals for our local community. Please come and join us for a free three course meal suitable for everybody – All meals will be vegetarian and suitable for children. If you would like to attend we would appreciate if you could call our reception in advance on 0121 250 0777 so we know how many people to expect. For further information please download the flyer below.

FoodCycle cover

Volunteer Hub – Help getting into volunteering.

Posted on 18th August 2014 by · No comments

Birmingham Settlement is an established Volunteer Hub, working in partnership with Birmingham Volunteer Centre to encourage people to volunteer in Aston and the local area. Volunteering has wide-reaching benefits for both individuals and the community, helping to reduce isolation, promote good mental and physical health and giving good work experience for employment.

If you would like to find out what volunteering can do for you, come in to see us any Tuesday from 2-4pm at the Centre for the Aston Family and we can talk to you about the kind of roles available, suggest roles based on your previous experience and skills, find roles for you to apply for and help you complete application forms and other paperwork if needed. You don’t need an appointment, just come down to the centre and we’ll help you out!

If you work for a local charity or community group we can help advertise roles for you through the Volunteer  Hub. We can register your opportunities and if you have leaflets we can give these out to anyone interested as well. For further information please contact Rob Netherway on 0121 250 0764 or email

Volunteers contribute 90 years service to Sutton Coldfield.

Posted on 2nd June 2014 by · 1 comment

Sutton Coldfield volunteers receive long service awards

Anne (left) and Surinder (right) celebrate their long service
awards with shop manager Mandy (centre).

Three volunteers from Birmingham Settlement have together spent 90 years volunteering in a charity shop in Sutton Coldfield.

Birmingham Settlement has run a charity shop in Sutton Coldfield for many years. The shop is run primarily by unpaid volunteers who keep the shop running and help to raise funds that support our work tackling hardship in Birmingham.

Birmingham Settlement’s most committed volunteers include three shining lights who together have given over 90 years of service to the charity, the shop and to Sutton Coldfield. This year Surinder celebrates her 20th year at the shop, while Anne celebrates her 30th and Hilda incredibly celebrates her 40th year in the shop. Over the years the Sutton high street has changed massively, but over the decades three friendly faces have always been there.

Martin Holcombe, Chief Executive, says, “We are very lucky to have three volunteers as dedicated as this. Their commitment to our work and to their community is extraordinary. We rely on volunteers for many areas of our work and we’d like to thank them all for their valuable contribution.”

Each year 1st-7th June is national Volunteers’ Week, a chance to celebrate the positive role volunteers play in our society. From raising funds to supporting those in difficulty, volunteers are crucial to the work of many charities including Birmingham Settlement.

Birmingham Settlement is working with Birmingham Volunteer Centre as a regional Volunteer Hub to help people find volunteer roles. We can provide free advice on how to start volunteering and what roles are available. For further information call 0121 250 0777 and ask for Siobhan, email or search online at



On 4th June 2014 Hilda was recognised for her dedication to volunteering by Birmingham Voluntary Services Council (BVSC) who gave her an award for her 40 years of voluntary service.

Volunteer Hilda wins award

Hilda is presented with her award at the Sutton Coldfield shop.

Volunteer Hub launch.

Posted on 29th May 2014 by · No comments

Volunteers' Week banner 2014

Birmingham Settlement has been working with Birmingham Voluntary Services Council (BVSC) to establish a Volunteer Hub that will help people in Aston and the surrounding areas to find volunteering roles. Aston has been identified as one area in the city where fewer people are volunteering and we are hoping to change this by making it easier for people to start volunteering. From finding out about opportunities, to completing application forms and paperwork, we can help with it all!

We will also be working with local community groups and charities to promote their roles and help them to find the right volunteers for their organisations.

We are launching the Volunteer Hub on Thursday 5th June 2014, during Volunteers’ Week, an annual celebration of volunteering taking place from 1st-7th June each year.

If you are part of a charity or community group who would like to find out about how we could help you to promote your volunteer roles, come along to our professional’s event from 1-2pm to network with other organisations and learn more. Stay later from 2-3pm when you will have the chance to promote your roles to the public. For further information please click here to download the flyer.

If you are interested in finding out about how volunteering could benefit you, such as through gaining job related skills, making new friends or using your time productively, come along to our drop in session from 2-3pm to meet local charities and see how we can help. Volunteer Hub sessions will thereafter take place every Tuesday from 2-4pm. For further information please click here to download the flyer.

Both sessions will take place at Birmingham Settlement, Centre for the Aston Family, 359-361 Witton Road, Aston, B6 6NS.

For further information please contact Siobhan on 0121 250 0752 or

Volunteer Hub flyer:

Volunteer Hub flyer cover

Professional’s flyer:

Volunteer Hub Professional Network flyer cover

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

Community Fun Day for families during the spring school holidays.

Posted on 17th April 2014 by · No comments

On Thursday 24th April Birmingham Settlement are holding a Community Fun Day for families to bring their children to, with a range of fun spring activities to keep children entertained during the school holidays. Also available on the day will be one-to-one support for parents on a range of topics including looking for work, family support and money advice. We hope to build parent’s confidence and skills in these areas, helping to improve their job prospects, money management and parenting skills. We can help with:

  • Helping decide which jobs best suit your skills.
  • Searching for work.
  • How to put together CVs and job applications.
  • Finding and getting onto the right courses.
  • Finding volunteer roles that will support your job search.
  • Family support from a qualified family support worker.
  • Debt and benefits advice from a qualified money adviser.
  • A recruitment specialist will also be available to provide advice.

The event is free to attend for everybody and will take place from 10:30am-2:30pm on Thursday 24th April 2014 at the Centre for the Aston Family, 359-361 Witton Road, Aston, Birmingham B6 6NS.

For further information please download the flyer below or call Siobhan Sadlier on 0121 250 0777.

Community Fun Day flyer