West Midlands Police Decide To Close Handsworth Police Station To The Public

Today, I received correspondence from Assistant Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police, Carl Foulkes, that following a West Midlands Police review on the future of front offices, they have decided that in the next 12 months, a phased process will take place to close Handsworth Police Station to the public. Some of you may recall that on 26th November 2011, thats 3 years ago next week, I arranged a meeting in Handsworth to raise concerns with the West Midlands Police, ...

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#BrumYouthPromise – investing in young people

All young people across Birmingham will have access to employment, training, apprenticeships or work experience when they leave school, Birmingham City Council has promised. The Youth Promise proposal gives young people access to a universal offer which guarantees an offer of employment, education, training, apprenticeship or work experience within four months of leaving school or college.   To achieve this we will: Establish a new Birmingham careers service – information, advice and guidance if you are aged 16-19 and not in education, employment or ...

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Schools launch CitySafe Havens with Citizens UK Birmingham

Schools and youth groups, working with Citizens UK: Birmingham, regional branch of national community organising charity, Citizens UK, have launched 16 CitySafe Havens in Birmingham, the first havens to be developed outside London. The launch of the CitySafe scheme comes after members of Citizens UK Birmingham ran a listening campaign during summer 2013 which identified street and bus safety as a top concern for young people. A CitySafe Haven is a public place to seek refuge in a difficult situation. Safe Havens ...

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Web Chat: Are Birmingham CIty Council Ward Committee’s Fit For Purpose?

Live Blog Are Ward Committees Fit For Purpose? The Districts & Public Engagement Scrutiny Committee at Birmingham City Council is carrying out a short inquiry on how we can improve Birmingham City Council's 40 ward committee's. Please join me on Monday, between 6pm and 7pm for a web chat and share your experience of ward committee's, suggest how we can improve them and share good practice. There is also a questionnaire you can complete online. Hard copies are also available on request. We will also ...

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Are Ward Committees Fit For Purpose?

Across the city there are many councillors and members of the public who hold ward committees dear to their hearts. For them they embody the best of our democratic system, providing councillors with a formal place to regularly meet with their constituents and providing the electorate with a place to hold councillors to account. They prove their worth particularly if there is a contentious issue in the area, as we are told that everyone has a chance to have their ...

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Chair of Districts & Public Engagement O&S Committee

Today, at the Birmingham City Council Annual General Meeting, it was formally confirmed that I have been elected the council's Chair of Scrutiny for Districts & Public Engagement. It has been a huge honour to serve the Chair of the Social Cohesion and Community Safety Scrutiny Committee and want to take the opportunity to thank all the elected members, agencies, partners and officers who have supported me through two amazing years. I am proud of our achievements in particular the inquiries ...

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Pop Up Talent Comes To Soho Road

I’m very excited to announce that Pop Up Talent, a new youth led initiative to help stimulate young people’s interests in education, training and employment is coming to the Soho Road this coming Thursday. The one-day shop held at South and City College Birmingham on the  27th of March from 12 to 3pm will host a variety of interactive taster sessions and talks from industry professionals in sectors such as baking, music, dance, sport and many more delivered by local businesses and ...

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Help Get Me Released By Donating to Action for Children!

Action for Children is a childrens charity that supports and speaks out for the UKs most vulnerable children and young people. They have been working with the UK’s most vulnerable children since 1869. They believe all children and young people have unique potential and that they should have the support and opportunities they need to reach it. They are a children's charity who: work directly with over 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers run 650 services across the UK tackle issues such as child neglect and ...

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