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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.

Community Organisers graduation celebrations!

Posted on 20th July 2015 by · No comments


For the past year Birmingham Settlement have hosted four trainee Community Organisers, Gabby, Hazel, Jamaine and Una, who have now successfully completed their accreditation, culminating in a glamorous graduation ceremony at London City Hall in July.

Over the last year they have listened to local residents and supported them to set up a wide range of projects and events. This has included encouraging local people to think about issues that matter to them and assist them to register to vote in the general election. Over 40 people were registered and more shared their views on the election issues.

Another project has seen Organisers supporting community members to plan sports events as part of the ‘This Girl Can‘ campaign, with zumba and kickboxing classes and walks to Cannon Hill Park and the Lickey Hills helping more women to participate in sports.

In Shard End Organisers have supported residents to set up ‘Helping Hands’, a group that encourages volunteers from the community to help one another with small odd-jobs and other tasks, supporting the community as a whole to help itself.

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We are extremely pleased to have the Community Organisers with us and congratulate them on their successful graduation this year. The four Community Organisers will now continue in their roles at Birmingham Settlement, continuing to listen to local residents and helping them to create positive and meaningful change in their own communities.

Community Organisers is a national programme run by Locality, a network of community organisations of which Birmingham Settlement is an active member.

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.


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

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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.

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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.