Community and resident groups come together on Tuesday 18th October, 6pm at St Martin’s in the Bull Ring Tea Lounge to look at the new Community First fund and take a progress report on the city’s Transforming Local Infrastructure proposal. Community First More than £2m will be available through the Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund [...]
Chamberlain Forum is a community forum that grew into a think-and-do tank. We help public services and communities work together for better places to live. The Forum is served by Chamberlain Forum Limited which is a non-profit company which: Provides practical support to community and voluntary groups – for example we help groups develop strategic [...]
The dust blown up by an election campaign tends to obscure a clear view of what government is really about. Or should be about. Take the locking horns of the two major UK parties over the NHS. Neither has successfully moved the debate along beyond who would transfuse more cash into State healthcare (or rather [...]
Dr Dick Atkinson of Balsall Heath Forum and Melissa Shervington of Engage/First Class Youth Network led the latest Chamberlain Lecture on Taking Part on Friday 16 October. The first lecture of the new Resident University series looked at how and why public services need residents involved. Dr Atkinson called for a ‘Total Neighbourhood’ approach based on the Total Place initiative being piloted in Birmingham and 11 other areas in the country. Melissa Shervington talked about the treasure locked up in communities and the need for public agencies to reach these assets if they want sustainable improvements in neighbourhoods – without spiralling public spending. Participants also discussed experience of participatory budgeting – including the Real Time Community Change programme in Birmingham.