The ‘No’ vote given to a Directly Elected Mayor in Birmingham on May 3 was reflected in most wards across the city. Only two – Ladywood and Edgbaston returned a majority of votes in favour. There were, however, significant differences across the city in terms of the percentage of voters in favour: ranging from nearly [...]
There is a crisis with young people in particular but affecting large numbers of people, families and communities in city neighbourhoods who are effectively excluded from power and influence. Steve Botham, Chair of the Chamberlain Forum, speaking to the BBC, stressed that the crisis is one of hope and of lack of engagement. He was [...]
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 [...]
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.
The Crime & Security Bill could be the 36th piece of criminal justice law passed in the UK since 1997 . Included in the Bill are yet more measures aimed at controlling the behaviour of young people. In particular what the press have dubbed ‘gangbos’: civil injunctions that will dictate what colour clothes young people [...]
Government’s Citizenship Survey results published today reflect some familiar trends but there are also some surprising findings that support new thinking on empowerment, active citizenship and community cohesion. The figures for April-June 2009 published today show that in England: fewer people (about 1 in 3) feel able to influence local decisions there’s been an even [...]