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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Domestic Homicide Reviews Scrutiny

Following, Tuesday's session of the Social Cohesion and Community Safety Overview & Scrutiny Committee that I Chair, when the process of Domestic Homicide Reviews was discussed, I wrote the following letter to the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner, Bob Jones and Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member responsible for Community Safety, Cllr James McKay: Dear Bob and James At our last meeting (18th February) the Committee received a briefing on Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) following the publication of the first Review in ...

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Birmingham Heritage Strategy

Birmingham City Council has  approved a report on 4 February which outlines Birmingham’s heritage strategy for the next five years. The strategy has been developed by the Heritage Strategy Group, chaired by the Heritage Champion, Cllr Phil Davis, as a partnership document for the city as a whole. I spoke on the report during the council debate endorsing it: [youtube]http://youtu.be/VjVEWqgAmME[/youtube] Deputy Leader for Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward, said: “Protecting the Past, Informing the Present is an important document which sets out Birmingham’s ...

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Presenting the Mental Health & Criminal Justice System Scrutiny Report to Birmingham City Council

Transcript of Speech: Thank you Lord Mayor. First, I’d like to thank both the Social Cohesion and Community Safety and Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committees for their time and effort in carrying out this important inquiry. We decided from the outset also to include a service user governor and a carer governor from the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, so that the users voice was heard. I’m grateful to Maureen Johnson and Lynda Smith for their contributions and to ...

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Letter to HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Mr. Tom Winsor

Dear Mr Winsor I would like to raise with you my concerns over the comments that you made in the The Times newspaper (18th January) about the under-reporting of crime by some minority communities. In particular you highlighted “cities in the Midlands where police never go because they are never called” claiming that these communities are dealing with matters themselves by “operating their own forms of justice”. As a local Councillor for the inner-city area of Lozells and East Handsworth ...

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Letter to Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs & Skills, Cllr Tahir Ali

Dear Cllr Ali, Many thanks for making the time to attend the first part of the meeting of the Social Cohesion and Community Safety Overview & Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday 14th February when the committee were looking at unemployment and skills levels with a focus on super output areas and deprived neighbourhoods. It was pleasing to hear about the substantial progress that has been made to date in reducing the number of super output areas in Birmingham where worklessness is ...

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Mental Health: Working in Partnership with Criminal Justice Agencies Scrutiny Inquiry

As you may be aware, Birmingham City Council's Social Cohesion and Community Safety Scrutiny Committee, that I chair, has been carrying out a scrutiny inquiry into Mental Health and how partnership working with various Criminal Justice Agencies takes place and how it can be improved to assist those suffering from a mental health illness. This report will be discussed at the next full council meeting of Birmingham City Council on Tuesday 7th January 2014 where the 120 elected councillors of Birmingham ...

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