Community Assets Conversation »

Community Assets Conversation

How can a local authority – facing spending cuts and no longer able to do anything beyond the statutory minimum – encourage better use of community assets to deliver services?  What, in fact, are ‘community assets’ and what does owning them entail? Chamberlain Forum is aiming to develop policy based on the experience and know-how […]

Community Assets Conversation – Fireside, Birmingham 13 March 2014 »

Community Assets Conversation – Fireside, Birmingham 13 March 2014

What are community assets; are communities assets in themselves?  What difference does owning land and buildings in common make, and why?  Can Birmingham make more of community assets to create wealth and better public services? Join the next Chamberlain Forum Standing Up For Birmingham conversation at Change Kitchen at The Fireside, Pershore Street opposite Birmingham’s […]

What Could We Do With Timebanking? »

What Could We Do With Timebanking?

Timebanking – a system for trading skills so that people and organisations can get what they need even if they don’t have money.  What could we do with timebanking given the cuts in funding for public services and high levels of unemployment?  Join Chamberlain Forum, groups that are timebanking, policy makers and others for a […]

#SU4Brum Conversations »

#SU4Brum Conversations

#SU4Brum Conversations is a series of meetings facilitated by Chamberlain Forum aiming to feed good ideas, social innovation and the real-life experience of citizens and communities into the city’s Standing Up For Birmingham Campaign. On Thursday 13 February, 13 March and 10 April, we’re going to be meeting at the Fireside Centre  5.30-7pm and Change […]

A new kind of council strategy? »

A new kind of council strategy?

Birmingham is England’s largest single tier local authority – serving more than a million people in ten districts covering more than 130 distinct neighbourhoods.  The cuts in funding the city’s Council  faces led its leader, Albert Bore, to declare this time last year ‘the end of local government as we have known it’.  A year […]

Free Social Media Advice at BBC Birmingham for Community & Voluntary Groups »

Free Social Media Advice at BBC Birmingham for Community & Voluntary Groups

The Birmingham based social media movement has teamed up with the BBC to run their long standing Central Birmingham Social Media Surgery from the BBC Mailbox.   It means community and voluntary groups can now get free practical help in how make the best use of social media from BBC volunteers as well as local bloggers.  […]

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