Neighbourhood Forums, Community First panels and other groups interested in setting up local websites in Birmingham are invited to take up support from Chamberlain Forum and Community Network 4 Birmingham. Any local group can set up, and get support to manage, a neighbourhood website for free as part of a project to extend local websites to cover 100 city neighbourhoods.
About 70 Birmingham Residents joined Resident University over the two days it spent at St George’s Community Hub in inner city Newtown. They included young people taking part in the Young Resident University who learned about using social media and film-making in carrying out research with the University.
Saaed ul-Haque of Lozells Neighbourhood Forum in inner city Birmingham explains why and how public services need to listen to residents. It’s about respect… it’s also about public services doing an effective job. We interviewed Saeed as part of the work setting up Life in Lozells – a community website that aims to help local people tell ‘true stories’ from the neighbourhood.
To-day we have naming of parts. What should the growing number of people who blog, tweet, share film, pictures and stories about their locality be called? This ‘naming of parts’ probably wouldn’t matter much except government has identified there is value in what they do and, broadly, wants more of it. That means finding a [...]