Birmingham Sexual Violence Charity Gains A New Sister Organisation

Wednesday, 12 February, 2020

The Rape & Sexual Violence Project (RSVP), a Birmingham charity providing compassionate, confidential and free services to support adults and children of all sexes and genders who have been subjected to sexual violence and abuse, has gained a new sister organisation in GINA; a social enterprise providing private, specialist support for individuals subjected to sexual violence and abuse.

GINA provides private, specialist, trauma-informed counselling for individuals subjected to sexual violence and abuse; with ‘face to face’ counselling available in Birmingham and telephone counselling available nationwide. As a private organisation, there is no waiting list for survivors wanting to access our support services; we are able to provide immediate specialist support for survivors. We’ve got some big ambitions for GINA - we are working towards a future where individuals surviving sexual violence and abuse can thrive and live the life they desire. GINA aims to empower survivors to fulfil their potential and seize opportunities to Grow, Inspire, Nurture and Achieve.

As a social enterprise, community interest company and the sister organisation of the Rape & Sexual Violence Project (RSVP), all GINA profits are donated to RSVP; enabling survivors who access GINA’s private, paid for services to help fund free support services via RSVP for survivors who need them. 

We’re here for you.

Please get in touch for more information surrounding GINA’s services:

Email: hello[at][dot]com

Phone: 0121 643 0301 (ask for ‘GINA’)


Social media: @GINA_CIC


Run an Event for CityDrive2020

Wednesday, 15 January, 2020

CityDrive is Birmingham’s very own festival of social enterprise; an exciting week-long programme of events raising awareness of businesses doing good and creating social impact for our city. And we need you to make it happen - so join us, be part of Birmingham's biggest festival of social enterprise!

CityDrive has five calls to action: to inspire the people of Birmingham to start up, buy from, invest in, work for or volunteer with social businesses. 

CityDrive offers a programme of events in social enterprise spaces and other key locations across the city. It’s a way of telling more people about social enterprise in Birmingham and sharing the impact they create with new audiences; a way for the sector to reach out; an opportunity to pause and to reconnect, to do business, intertrade, network, and learn. Ultimately, it’s about being part of something positive for our city.

Last year CityDrive saw a diverse programme of events raising awareness of the sector and providing space for discussion, learning, co-operation and participation.

This year CityDrive takes place 30th March-5th April 2020 and we want you to be involved!

Join us. Tell us what you want to do, where, and when. We'll add it to our programme.

Being part of CityDrive2020 can help promote your organisation to new audiences and directly to the sector, encourage collaboration and inter-trading and tell more people about what the impact your social enterprises creates. 

Email info[at][dot]uk for more or call us on 0121 771 1411. Deadline for submissions 30/01/2020

Could you put on a Permission to Smile event? 

Thursday, 9 January, 2020Local organisations are invited to partner with the Permission to Smile campaign to put on events to stimulate friendliness and community in their patch.   Successful Permission to Smile Tea Parties have been well attended...

Paint The Town Red With Medical Detection Dogs This Valentine’s Day

Thursday, 9 January, 2020

Medical Detection Dogs is launching its first-ever national fundraising event and challenging our local community to ‘Paint the Town Red’ to raise much-needed funds and awareness of its life-saving work.

Between the 9th-15th February, gather your friends, family and local community and show the love by celebrating the colour of red. Could your school or workplace have a red mufti day or a red cupcake sale? Could your business decorate the shopfront in red? 
Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to save lives by smelling human disease. The charity’s Bio Detection Dogs are trained to find diseases like cancer, malaria and Parkinson’s.

Medical Alert Assistance Dogs are partnered with people with life-threatening conditions like Type 1 diabetes, PoTS or Addison’s disease. They alert their human partner to a change in their smell which indicates that a potentially fatal event is about to happen, saving their lives daily and giving them independence and their families peace of mind.

Medical Detection Dogs receives no government funding for its work and relies entirely on the generosity of donations from trusts and the public. It costs the charity £29,000 to train each Medical Alert Assistance Dog.
Community Fundraiser at Medical Detection Dogs, Carolyn Green, says: “By joining in with our Paint the Town Red week you will not only be celebrating love for Valentine’s Day but also raising funds and awareness of the work of our amazing dogs. 

“The diseases our Bio Detection Dogs are trained to detect affect every single one of us and they could be at the forefront of early diagnosis of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases and ultimately more lives being saved. The conditions our Medical Alert Assistance Dogs work with are extremely complex and often our clients have given up hope of leading a normal life for fear of falling ill at any moment. These wet-nosed knights in shining armour turn this around and save their lives in more ways than one.

“Our dogs will be wearing their own red coats with pride that week so please join them!”

If you would like to ‘Paint the Town Red’ and need more information or would like to order a fundraising pack, or visit  or contact please contact fundraising[at][dot]uk

Happy Healthy Holidays clubs in Birmingham

Thursday, 21 November, 2019

In 2019 the Happy Healthy Holidays consortium secured Department for Education funding and awarded grants totalling over £1.2m to community organisations, schools, faith groups and children’s centres to deliver up to 16 days of free, quality assured holiday club activity with healthy meals, nutrition education, enrichment and physical activities in Birmingham.

Together, 153 Happy Healthy Holidays clubs in Birmingham delivered 90,270 activity sessions with meals to 13,665 children and young people during the 2019 summer holidays. 5,436 of the activity days were specifically for children with Special Education Needs. Collectively, 695 staff completed training across induction, allergy, safeguarding, cooking and hygiene.

The Department of Education has recently announced grants to fund the local co-ordination of free holiday activities and healthy food for disadvantaged children during 2020 summer holidays. Supported by Birmingham City Council the Happy Healthy Holidays consortium will again be applying for this grant.

We want to build on this summer’s fantastic achievements and further strengthen the quality standards and the quantity of free holiday activities with healthy food available to low-income families in Birmingham with increased levels of daily funding per child to a maximum of £9.35/pupil a day for the mainstream provision and £20/day for SEND provision

We are looking for partners (both existing and new) who would be willing to support us and/or work with us and help deliver fun activity days with meals in the summer holidays.  If you are interested to play a part, supported by some level of grant if necessary, please could you complete the following form by 2nd December 2019 :


Note: we are only at the tendering stage so are not able to make any firm commitments to organisations about summer delivery at this stage, but we hope to be in touch with you by mid-March to confirm next steps.

You can find out more about what we achieved in 2019 by watching this short film - and by downloading our end of project Impact Report -

Happy Healthy Holidays in 2020 tender is being co-ordinated by a consortium is made up of Accord Housing Association, Birmingham Play Care Network and Sport Birmingham. 

Please do get in touch if you require further details.

Local Scheme Manager Becomes First Ever Recipient of Prestigious National Award

Tuesday, 19 November, 2019

Kate Morgan, Registered Manager for the Camphill Village Trust Shared Lives Scheme based in Stourbridge, which supports people with additional/complex needs to live with specially trained carers, has won the Shared Lives Champion of the Year Award for 2019 at the annual Shared Lives Plus conference in Liverpool last week.

Kate, who has brought real energy to the role, was recognised for her efforts in establishing this truly innovative and high-quality service right across Dudley Borough. The recruitment of carers and the setting up of new Arrangements was way above the national average and highlighted the dedication of the staff team in raising the profile of Shared Lives.

Kate said ‘It’s great to be acknowledged for the huge work everyone has put in over the past two years and as many of you know, developing any sort of project from scratch is not an easy feat, with many late nights. However, to expand Shared Lives as we have and receive a Good rating after only six months in operation from the Care Quality Commission based on the brilliant support our carers provide every single day is truly amazing. I shall treasure my award with pride.

Councillor Nic Barlow, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care at Dudley MBC, added ‘We’re really pleased to see how well the service is doing with Camphill Village Trust. It’s a great example of what can be achieved when we work closely with experienced providers. We appreciate the hard work and commitment of the carers in opening their homes to support people with additional needs and I would encourage anyone who thinks they have what it takes to become a Shared Lives carer to get in touch.’

Across the UK, the Shared Lives model currently supports approximately 14,000 people with a variety of needs. Once training is completed, carers are carefully matched to support the person to lead as independent life as possible in the community. Carers are paid according to the level of support they provide and qualify for tax relief via HMRC.

If you are interested in finding out more about Shared Lives then please visit the website at: or call on 01384 441505.

National Interfaith Week November 2019

Tuesday, 29 October, 2019

National Interfaith Week, this year occurs between Sat 9th and Sun 17th November, for which the Birmingham Council of Faiths is again coordinating the Birmingham programme. Interfaith Week aims to strengthen interfaith relations at all levels; increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and wider society; and to increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs. The event will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor at the Launch event in the Council House at 2.0pm on Wed 6th Nov. Please let me know if you wish to attend.

We interpret the week liberally in the Birmingham programme to avoid too many clashes of dates. Including the launch event, there are 15 events in total. They are all open for anyone to attend except for those stated to be CLOSED or by INVITATION. There is a wide range of activities including discussions, celebrations, spiritual reflection, health and environmental seminars, and a fun evening. Please note where it is necessary to register in advance to attend events.

I have listed brief details of the 15 activities below. Full details are available in our the main pages of our printed booklet which you can view on our website at or can be picked up at our Launch Event on 6th November.

Please find below, in chronological order, our Birmingham programme of events taking place during National Interfaith Week.

These are registered with IFN (Interfaith Network), which is responsible for the overall programme across the UK and listed on the website of the Birmingham Council of Faiths at We hope that you will find something of interest and attend one or more of these events.

Further details of specific events can be obtained from the person listed, or in difficulty please contact the coordinator of the programme Dr Peter Rookes at pjrookes[at]gmail[dot]com, or phone 077033 36088. I look forward to seeing you at one, or more, of the events.


 Sat 2nd Nov, 11.0 am – 4.0 pm, Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Báb, Faiths Gallery, BMAG, Chamberlain Square

Tues 5th Nov, 12.30 - 2.0pm,  Multifaith Diwali, Bandi Chhor and Guru Nanak Celebration, QE Hospital Multifaith Centre, B15 2TH

Wed 6th Nov, 2.0-4.30, Launch Event, Council House, Victoria Square

Thurs 7th Nov. 11.00-4.00 (Registration 10.45), Seminar – ‘First 1000 Days (of life)’, QE Hospital Education Centre

Fri 8th Nov,  6.0-8.30pm, Religiophobia discussion, MEND Offices, 28 George Street, B12 9RG

Sat 9th Nov, 10.40-11.30 Remembrance Service, Scout War Memorial, Cannon Hill Park, Pershore Road, B5 7RL

Sun10th Nov, 11.30 am – 5.0pm, Towards a Better Understanding of Israel/Palestine part 2, Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull St,  B4 6AF

Sun 10th Nov, 5.0-7.0pm, Family Fortunes Evening, Clifton Road Mosque, B12 8SX

Mon 11th – Fri 15th Nov, School Interfaith Activities, CLOSED event for pupils of, King Edwards VI Camphill School for Boys, B14 7QJ

Mon 11th Nov, 11.45 am - 1 pm, Celebration of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh and the BábQE Hospital Faith& Community Centre

Mon 11th Nov, 7.0 - 9.0pm,  Listening to Different Experiences, St Anne’s Church, Park Hill, Moseley, B13 8DU

Wed 13th Nov, 12.00-3.0pm, Multifaith Appreciation, CLOSED event for Birmingham City University Students.

Thurs 14th Nov, 7.0 – 9.0pm, Dialogue and Dinner, By INVITATION only,  Manaret Foundation, 155 New Coventry Road, Sheldon, B26 3DX

Sun17th Nov, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Tread Lightly on this Earth, Shree Ram Mandir (Hindu Temple), 8 Walford Rd,  Birmingham B11 1NR

Mon 18th Nov, 7.45 – 9.0pm, Faiths and Reflection, Clifton Road Mosque, 17 Clifton Road, Balsall Heath, B12 8SX

For our café church evening on Sunday 10th November we will be going to the Family Fortunes evening at Clifton Road Mosque in Balsall Heath, B12 8SX, which starts at 5.0pm. Please let me know if you would like to attend.

Peter  Dr. Peter Rookes, pjrookes[at]gmail[dot]com, 077033 36088.  



Saturday 2nd November, 11.0 am – 4.0 pm                   

Title of Event –  Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Báb

Location –  Faiths Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH

Accessibility – Full access, including wheelchair; city-centre parking.

Description – The celebration includes a programme of live musical performances, storytelling, children’s art activities, and a showing of the film Dawn of the Light at 3 pm

The organisation holding the event – The Bahá’ís of Birmingham, in conjunction with the Community Engagement Team at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Free Entry

Contact – Mrs Sylvia Girling – 0121 251 6875, Sylvia.girling[at]googlemail[dot]com, Mrs Jean Rahmanian – rahmanian99[at]hotmail[dot]com


Tuesday 5th November, 12.30 - 2.0pm

Title of Event – Multifaith Diwali, Bandi Chhor and Guru Nanak Celebration

Location – Faith& Community Centre (1st floor), QE Hospital, Mindelsohn Way, B15 2TH

Accessibility – Full access, including wheelchair; Hospital parking.

Description – Joint celebration of Diwali, Bandi Chhor and Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s birthday, Light Refreshments

The organisation holding the event – Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Contact  - 0121 371 4574, Chaplaincy[at]uhb.nhs[dot]uk


Wednesday 6th November, 2.0-4.30 pm

Title of Event – National Interfaith Week, Birmingham Launch

Location – Committee Rooms 3 and 4, Birmingham City Council House, Victoria Square

Accessibility – First floor, steps or lift

Description – This is the start of the Birmingham programme and will be launched by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Azim, Honorary President, Birmingham Council of Faiths. Presentations, cultural events and networking. The full list of events will be available.

The organisation holding the event – Birmingham Council of Faiths in partnership with Birmingham City Council

Free Entry by invitation

Contact – Dr Peter Rookes, Secretary and 3rd Sector Liaison Officer, Birmingham Council of Faiths. Register on Eventbrite or pjrookes[at]gmail[dot]com, text 077033 36088.


Thursday 7th November. 11.00-4.00 (Registration 10.45)

Title of Event – Seminar – ‘First 1000 Days (of life)’

Location – Queen Elizabeth Hospital Education Centre, upstairs from the main foyer

Accessibility – Bus or train to University/QE Hospital. Fee-paying carpark. Lift from foyer to 1st floor

Description – The seminar will explore the antenatal, birth, postnatal and early years from a public health, midwives, health visitor’s, obstetrician’s, paediatricians. chaplain’s and parenting perspective. The seminar is aimed at health workers, volunteers, voluntary and community services, faith groups, chaplains, educationists, parents and carers.

The organisation holding the event – BCF: Faiths Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Free Entry

Contact – Register with Eventbrite or Dr Peter Rookes, pjrookes[at]gmail[dot]com, text 077033 36088.


Friday 8th November,  6.0-8.30pm

Title of Event - Religiophobia

Location - MEND Offices, 28 George Street, Birmingham B12 9RG

Accessibility - Some parking available in carpark or street parking.

Description - This event aims to gather an interfaith community for the purpose of discussion and resolutions. The theme will tightly focus on ‘how to maintain religious rights and values in today’s society’.

The organisation holding the event – MEND

Free Entry

Contact - Haniya Aadam, Haniya.aadam[at][dot]uk, 07958997079,


Saturday 9th November, 10.40 – 11.30 am

Title of Event – Remembrance Service

Location – The Scout War Memorial (rear of Nature Centre), Cannon Hill Park, Pershore Road, B5 7RL

Accessibility – Parking (charges apply), wheelchair access

Description – Annual service of remembrance

The organisation holding the event – Birmingham County Scouts

Free Entry

Contact –


Sunday 10th November, 11.30 am – 5.0pm

Title of the event - Towards a Better Understanding of Israel/Palestine part 2                               

Location - Bull St Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull St,  B4 6AF

Accessibility - The building is fully accessible with disabled toilets and a loop system

Description - Arriving from 11.30 am for registration and refreshments we will enjoy a bring and share lunch together from 12.30 pm and then show the film ‘Two-Sided Story’, which carries a powerful message about those bereaved on both sides and how they come together to work for the good of all. This will be followed by small group discussion, a break for tea and coffee and a full group consideration of the issues and our plans for the future.

The organisation holding the event - Central England Quakers and Bull Street Quaker Meeting

Contact - Claire Bowman, 07753635438, Claire.s.bowman[at]gmail[dot]com 



Sunday 10th November, 5.0-7.0pm

Title of Event – Interfaith Family Fortunes Evening

Location – Clifton Road Mosque, 17 Clifton Road, Balsall Heath, B12 8SX

Accessibility – Carpark and street parking, wheelchair access, disabled toilet, loop system

Description – A social and networking event to celebrate friendship in a fun way. Dinner will be served

The organisation holding the event – Clifton road interfaith committee.

Free Entry

Contact –, cliftoninterfaith[at]gmail[dot]com, Book via Eventbrite


Monday 11Th – Friday 15th November             

Title of Event – School Interfaith Activities

Location – King Edwards VI Camphill School for Boys, B14 7QJ.

Accessibility – This is a closed event for school students only

Description – Event for students of the school only. During the week we will have guest speakers and activities to celebrate the large amounts of faiths which exist in our community. We hope that together we can show the rich diverse makeup of Birmingham.

The organisation holding the event – King Edward VI Camphill School for Boys

Contact – in14grewa607[at]camphillboys.bham.sch[dot]uk


Monday 11th November, 11.45am - 1pm

Title of Event – Celebration of the Anniversary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh and the Báb

Location – Faith& Community Centre (1st floor), QE Hospital, Mindelsohn Way, B15 2TH

Accessibility – Full access, including wheelchair; Hospital parking.

Description – Programme with readings, prayers and music, recounting aspects of the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, as well as celebrating the Bicentenary of the birth of the Báb, the Herald of the Bahá’í Faith Who came to prepare for the coming of Bahá’u’lláh.

The organisation holding the event – Birmingham Baha’i Community in conjunction with QE Chaplaincy

Free Entry

Contact – Mrs Violet Owen, tel: 0121 - 449 1241, Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Birmingham – lsa.birmingham[at]gmail[dot]com, owenrgo[at]gmail[dot]com


Monday 11th November, 7.0 - 9.0pm

Title of Event –  Listening to Different Experiences

Location – St Anne’s Church, Park Hill, Moseley, B13 8DU

Accessibility – parking, wheelchair access, disabled toilet, loop system

Description –  Relevant issues: listening to one another’s explanations of perceptions/experience, discussion of difference, identity, tradition, priorities, our reasons for preference, prejudice, language, literalism, confrontation, the vision of the future, generosity and hope

The organisation holding the event –  Faith Contributors to Richard Tetlow’s book ‘Perceptions of Christianity from People of Different Faiths’

Free Entry

Contact – Richard Tetlow, 0121 449 4892 richardtetlow[at]btinternet[dot]com


Wednesday 13th November, 12.00-3.0pm

Title of Event – Multifaith Appreciation Event

Location –  Birmingham City University, The Curzon Building, B4 7BD

Accessibility – CLOSED Event for students and staff of Birmingham City University

Description –  Stalls by different religions, freebies, candle lighting, tea and biscuits, faith calendar, faith displays and flyer distribution around interfaith.

The organisation holding the event – Birmingham City University Students’ Union in collaboration with the University.

Free Entry

Contact – Kathy-Zoe Baira, 07494941476, 01213316831, Union.EquityandInclusion[at][dot]uk,


Thursday 14th November, &.0 – 9.0pm

Title of Event – Dialogue and Dinner

Location – Manaret Foundation, 155 New Coventry Road, Sheldon, B26 3DX

Accessibility – car parking, the event is upstairs

Description – This is an informal opportunity to explore the work of the Foundation, followed by dinner.

The organisation holding the event – Manaret Foundation

Free Entry, but by invitation only.

Contact – Dr Peter Rookes, Secretary and 3rd Sector Liaison Officer, BCF, pjrookes[at]gmail[dot]com, 077033 36088


Sunday 17th November, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm followed by food

Title of Event – Tread Lightly on this Earth 2019

Location – Shree Ram Mandir (Hindu Temple), 8 Walford Rd,  Birmingham B11 1NR

Accessibility – Wheelchair access (contact for details) & disabled toilet.  There is some street parking in the neighbourhood but there is no dedicated accessible parking.

Description – (1.30 Optional Tour of Shree Ram Mandir) 

2.00 pm Presentations and discussions –Cllr Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment speaking about the  Birmingham Climate Emergency and Sparkbrook;  SEWA  (Selfless Efforts for Welfare of All)  -  humanitarian non-profit service organization and other, plus other speakers from local environmental and community initiatives – transport, air pollution, health, green spaces.  Followed by a faith and environment community fair with bases where you can learn, have fun, get ideas and meet other groups that taking action.

4:30 Food – Gujarati vegetarian meal provided by the Mandir volunteer cooks.

This year’s Tread Lightly conference follows Birmingham City Council declared in June 2019 a ‘climate emergency’.  The emergency declaration commits the council to ‘taking communities with us’ in seeking to be net-zero by 2030.   This year’s Tread Lightly conference will engage with diverse stakeholders in one local area of Birmingham, to discover what concerns people have, and how that relates to the climate emergency.

The organisation holding the event – BCF Footsteps – Faiths for a Low Carbon Future

Free Entry

Contact – Chris Martin, Footsteps secretary.  0121 475 2088,   Email: footstepsbcf[at]gmail[dot]com,


Monday 18th November, 7.45 – 9.0pm

Title of Event – Faiths and Reflection

Location – Clifton Road Mosque, 17 Clifton Road, Balsall Heath, B12 8SX

Accessibility – Carpark and street parking, wheelchair access, disabled toilet, loop system

Description – A evening of spiritual reflection from an Islamic perspective

The organisation holding the event – Clifton road interfaith committee.

Free Entry

Contact –, cliftoninterfaith[at]gmail[dot]com,

Tender Opportunity: Focus Groups – Seldom Heard Food Conversations

Thursday, 5 September, 2019

Tender Opportunity: Focus Groups - Seldom Heard Food Conversations

As part of shaping the approach to creating a Healthy Food City in Birmingham the Public Health Division at Birmingham City Council is looking to commission a series of targeted focus group conversations about food and nutrition with communities that are rarely heard.

The conversations will focus around the following topics:

  • Food Beliefs & Choices
  • Access to food
  • Food transformation & consumptions
  • Food security
  • Food waste
  • Food and Climate Change

The Council is looking to fund up to 30 different focus groups, the maximum contract value for each focus group is £2,000.00 (excl VAT). The provider may tender for one or more targeted focus groups, however, the council expects no individual bid to exceed £10,000.00.

The findings from these conversations will help influence the development of the Healthy Food City action plan that is aiming to shape a better food environment for citizens in Birmingham.

Full details of the tender can be found on Find it in Birmingham by searching ‘Seldom Heard Food Conversations’.

Interested parties should submit a proposal, no longer than two pages of A4 (per focus group) and no more than four pages (if more than one focus group is being applied for). Proposals should include any relevant experience of carrying out focus group work as well as experience of working with the target groups identified. 

Deadline for Submissions: 12:00pm 18th September 2019

Deadline for delivery and reporting: 30th November 2019

For further information email melanie.j.coton[at][dot]uk

Summer Holiday Inspiration: Creative Camps, Summer Schools and Family Fun at MAC

Thursday, 1 August, 2019

Need summer holiday inspiration? Our busy programme features a range of exciting events, courses, activities and performances for the whole family to get involved with this summer, from Dinosaur Pottery for Kids, to Family Film Making sessions and breath-taking performances from Circus Raj!
To find out how to make the most of your summer at MAC, check out our guide below:

For the kids:

Arts, Crafts and More

Children that enjoy crafting, art, and learning new techniques, will love our Creative Camps and workshops, designed to stimulate imaginative minds! Our All This Mayhem Creative Camp gives kids a chance to explore our current exhibition by Ben Venom and make their own artwork in response, whilst our Dinosaur Pottery Creative Camp lets little ones roll up their sleeves and learn how to sculpt their favourite animals from clay.

Those that love to design and make will enjoy our Puppets for Poppets workshop, which involves constructing puppets out of crafty materials before taking creations home! We’re also hosting an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Bunting workshop, where children will learn a variety of techniques such as embellishment and hand stitching to create their very own personalised bunting.

For a dive into magic, myth and illustration, try our Heroes and Heroines: Norse Gods course. Kids will travel through time to find out what it takes to be a hero and become a legend - inventing their own Norse God and re-writing Norse mythology as a pop-up comic strip. If your child loves time-travel, they’ll enjoy taking a trip to the 90s in our fun Zine Making course, creating handmade magazines from scratch!

Theatre, Drama and Movement

We’re running lots of courses for little ones to burn off their extra energy over the next few months. Fusing martial arts, dance, music and history, our Introduction to Capoeira course will help children to improve their balance, coordination, physical fitness and strength. The Lunarama Drama and Musical Theatre Creative Camps are great ways for young theatre-lovers to develop their confidence, learn new skills and engage in fun games and activities.

For young people:

Punk-inspired Artistry, Opera and Hip Hop

Yes, we certainly have something for everyone! For young people that want to learn a new style of dance, our Hip Hop & Street Dance one-day course covers choreography, breaking and freestyling in a fun environment. Youngsters will learn how to upcycle clothing and produce their own printed creations in our Punk Customisation and Punk Printmaking courses. Inspired by our current exhibition All This Mayhem by artist Ben Venom, the sessions will give participants a chance to produce inventive, original pieces.

If you fancy something completely unique, check out our Sci-Fi Baroque Opera Summer School with Infinite Opera. Young people will take part in a performance inspired by ancient mythology, carnival and the baroque period in an alternate sci-fi reality, which will be shown to friends and family at the end of the week-long course.

Broadcasting, Writing and Music-Making

Make a Podcast is a brilliant way for young people to learn all about broadcasting and presenting, figuring out how to record electronic music and sounds. Music-fanatics can get involved with our Digital Music Making for Young People, learning how to create their own bass-lines and beats in order to produce their own tracks. And, for the aspiring writers, our Creative Writing course provides techniques for how to start a story and develop an idea, as well as enjoy the drafting process!

For the family:

Performance, Cinema and Events

Our summer holiday fun doesn’t stop there… Family Film Making, Family Capoeira and Family Art Techniques: The Woods Inspired by David Hockney are the perfect way for families to spend quality time together whilst learning something new.

For both adults and children, performances from A Bird In The Hand Theatre come highly recommended. Special Delivery and The Bewonderment Machine arrive at MAC this August, blending beautiful puppetry with a good dollop of silliness – plus they’re completely free! Don’t miss out on the dazzling Circus Raj shows in our outdoor Arena this weekend too, followed by free circus workshops.

Also heading to MAC is Sam & Mark LIVE, an unmissable live hour of entertainment, jam-packed with sketches, jokes and games in a show full of fun and laughs for all the family. For families with younger children, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show heads to our Theatre this summer to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic children’s book series by David McKee.

If cinema is your thing, we are offering pocket-friendly screenings of family films at MAC throughout the summer! For just £4.25 (yes, for the whole family), you can watch amazing titles such as Toy Story 4 and The Lion King. Our Relaxed Screenings will also be running, with quiet areas close by and colouring activities related to the films shown available.

Check out our full programme for kids, young people and families and get creative at MAC this summer! For dates, info and to book, head to our website at:

National Lottery Community Fund Announces New Climate Action Fund

Thursday, 25 July, 2019

National Lottery Community Fund Announces New Climate Action Fund

A new £100 million fund has been launched with the intent that people and communities across the UK can take the lead in tackling the climate emergency.

According to the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF), the new fund will build a network of people and communities, well-placed to drive change within, between and beyond their community. Although the types of activities will differ from place to place, they will share the ability to deliver high impact community-led climate action. This includes in areas such as sustainable energy, sustainable transport, consumption, food and protecting and regenerating spaces and habitats.

The Climate Action Fund is expected to open for applications in Autumn 2019 with the first awards being announced ‘well within the first half of 2020’. The funding criteria of the programme will be announced later this year. The National Lottery Community Fund says that it is planning to communicate externally on how the programme is developing across the summer.

Commenting at the launch event, the NLCF Chief Executive, Dawn Austwick said:

“Everyone can play their part in addressing climate change. The impact will be all the greater if we come together within and across communities. This is why, thanks to National Lottery players, we are launching the Climate Action Fund to create grassroots momentum built on learning and sharing within, between and beyond communities – in order to achieve meaningful and sustained climate action.”

The NLCF is also exploring ways to support the wider sector and its grantees to help them mitigate their impact on the climate, for example via its Climate Action Top-up scheme – which will soon be piloted in Wales.

Further details about the Climate Action Fund will be published on the NLCF’s website later this summer.

Source: NLCF, 18/07/2019