Fair for creative and active citizens in Birmingham – 27th June 2015

(This was first published over on the Podnosh site)

Click on the image to book on the eventbrite page

Click on the image to book on the eventbrite page

Creative Citizens is a project that’s been running for a couple of years bringing together research and activity around hyperlocal websites and active citizens. There’s some fine people involved, including Dave Harte (an old friend and collaborator of ours) and one of the researchers has also been investigating motivations behind the brilliant WV11 blog run by our own Steph Clarke and her very fine husband James.

So there is going to be a fair for active citizens and creative citizens organised as part of this programme. To get a free ticker go here www.creativecitizensfair.eventbrite.co.uk.

What to expect? Organiser Jez Turner says :

Thousands of citizens in the UK take part in community projects every day, from citizen journalists to breadmaking collectives, cycling social enterprises to craft makers. If you run a community project, are thinking of starting one, or are just interested in meeting like-minded people, join us at the first Creative Citizens Fair.

Talks will run throughout the day from community and voluntary projects, sharing their experience and tips, with plenty of time for questions.

In the Fair space you can:

  • talk to some of the organisations
  • take part in activities and workshops
  • see the Creative Citizens photo exhibition
  • find people to collaborate with
  • find out about the Creative Citizens research project
  • grab some lunch and coffee

More details at www.creativecitizens.co.uk

The venue is the Impact Hub in Digbeth, which is another home for creative citizens.


Social Media Surgery – June 1st – free help for local community groups, charities, volunteers

social media surgery in kings heath and moseley

Click on the image to go to the site to sign up for a surgery.

Hello folks, the social media surgeries keep ticking along, thanks mainly to the efforts of Tom Tierney, who’s doing the admin to keep them going, plus volunteers surgeons who turn up to help and of course Loco Lounge, who let us use the upstairs room and their wi-fi.

They now also include the possibility of getting help with understanding what you’re organisation does with data and even with public open data – for a bit more see here.

The surgery runs from 5.30 to 7pm at Loco Lounge on Monday June 1st. It’s a drop in so you can turn up when suite you, although we do finish at 7pm. Please sign up here and mention to others who may not have seen this.

You can find others dates here.

Birmingham and local democracy – take part in a discussion

Standing Up For Birmingham

Birmingham and local democracy – discussions around the city

Birmingham City Council has started a dialogue around what residents think about local democracy – how it is, and how it should be in over the next ten years.

Four public meetings are being held around the city for those who want to join in the discussion with local councillors, council officers and community groups.

The meetings will be held from 6-8pm, at the dates and venues below. Go here for an overview of the consultation and to fill in a survey about community governance.

Click on the links below to book a place at a specific meetings.

East Birmingham

16 March – South Yardley Library, Yardley Road B25 8LT

South Birmingham

17 March – Beeches Management Centre, 76 Selly Oak Road B30 1LS

Central/West Birmingham

18 March – Newtown Community Centre, 57 Newbury Road B19 2SW

North Birmingham


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Social Media Surgery dates for community groups in south #Brum – Moseley and Kings Heath

Click on the image for social media surgeries

Click on the image for social media surgeries

There are three in Feb and March dates for the Social media surgery at the Loco Lounge – if you’re form a charity or community group please click on the dates below to check time and sign up to say you’re coming.

Monday 23rd February – 5.30 pm 7pm at Loco Lounge (you can drop in)

Tuesday March 10th – 5.30pm to 7pm at Loco Lounge (you can drop in)

Monday 23rd March – 5.30- pm to 7pm at Loco Lounge (again you’re welcome to drop in, you don’t have to make it at 5.30 prompt.)

As well as helping you get your head around how social media can further your cause or voluntary work we are also very happy to help organisations use data better or even use open government data.    For a little more on this come along and talk to us or take a quick look here.

If you’ve never been to a surgery follow this link for what to expect. It’s relaxed and informal, we focus on the help you need at the pace that suits you.

New dates for the Kings Heath/Moseley social media surgery – the next is Monday November 24th 2014

Using wordpres for the first time

Earlier this year we ran half a dozen social media surgeries which benefited close to 50 people form the different community and voluntary orgs in the two neighbourhoods. Above you can see Allister from Moseley in Bloom experiencing social media for the first time alongside Fionafrom the Moseley Society.

We’ve now got plans to run another half dozen – teaming up Podnosh (as part of some work we’re doing on open data skills with Digital Birmingham) with Tom Tierney from the Kings Heath Residents Forum who said he’d help us keep them ticking over.

Nathalie at Loco Lounge (the Moseley end of Kings Heath High street) has continued to offer upstairs there as a free venue for us… the dates are below and click through on the links to sign up – it helps us to know how many people to expect…

If you’ve been before please come again and bring any other active citizens, volunteers etc who you think might benefit.  If they’re new to you what to expect at a social media surgery?  This is how we describe them…

social media surgery is an informal gathering of people who want to learn how to use the web to communicate, campaign or collaborate. Surgeries are deliberately relaxed. No presentations, no jargon, noone telling people what they think they should know.

Instead you will sit next to someone who understands good ways to use the internet, someone who will listen to what you do, and then show you free, useful tools. If you like what you see they can also help you set up your blog, Facebook page or Twitter account. Most social media surgeries have an event every few weeks, so you can keep coming back for help.

Come along between 5.30 pm and 7pm – drop in if you need to and we’ll give you some relaxed personal help to get you community group using the web well.

Kings Heath Street Festival – this Sunday

This from  enjoykingsheath.com:

Hold on to your hats boys and girls because York Road is going to be transformed with the Kings Heath Street Festival! Bringing you a day-long celebration of everything that makes Kings Heath so unique, and boy do we have a amazing day planned… Also did we mention its free 🙂

So we are joining forces with the lovely businesses in Kings Heath to bring the community together for an end-of-summer bonanza like no other, and the vibrant area of York Road will be transformed with entertainment, outdoor bar areas, food and market stalls, and fun and games galore! Did we mention its free?

Welcoming in attendees will be the live and local music stage, situated at the High Street end of York Road, offering performances from the likes of;
Birmingham ska and reggae 8 piece band The Heels, the psychedelic musings of Exploding Sound Machine, and the jaunty indie folk melodies of Midnight Bonfires. Also joining the bill will be Drakelow, Eleanor Dattani Trio, Snooty Bobs, Affiejam and spoken word artist Casey Bailey, just to name a few. If you want to know set times please visit our Facebook event page.

The Kings Heath Street Festival will showcase the eclectic variety that makes Kings Heath so special and will ensure there is something for all tastes on the day. You can expect a large outdoor market area, which will bring together over 25 stalls exhibiting produce and wares from some of the best local independent traders. Here are few things to expect on the day:

Kings Heath Walk of Fame – Unveiling a NEW graffiti mural on the Ritz Ballroom wall // Veg Out – Selling freshly made Veggie & vegan food on a griddle plate // Loco Lounge – Serving drinks, milkshakes, fresh lemonades, prosecco cocktails, cakes and gluten free deserts // The Sun At The Station Providing acoustic acts between 12-3 & an outdoor BBQ, and Brothers Cider Stand // Oxfam Bookshop – Providing local books and have guest reading sessions featuring Poet Laureate David Hart // Kodak Express – Stall and Exhibition stand // St Mary’s Hospice – Fun activities for all the family // Sainsburys – Working with their Charity of the Year, All Saints Youth Project, and have a variety of aways // Balloon Away – Balloons and party wear fun // Mirrorstone Crystals – Offering a variety of alternative gift ideas // Vodaphone – head here for flags, balloons and sweets // Age UK Selling plants and raising awareness for one of their great upcoming projects // Easygym – Providing a variety of outdoor games including a Tug-of-war // Doodlesplash – Selling items from the shop // Hedshed – Providing hair consultations // Costa Coffee – Selling cakes and coolers // David Heel – Selling and exhibiting artwork and prints // Clarke’s Cakes – Selling homemade cakes, biscuits, brownies etc // Vicky Ann Stitches – Selling Embroidery, kids clothes // Scouts – Providing various pocket money games // Kinmos – Providing Outdoor Games and activities // Tots Play – Promoting toddler classes with a variety of creative play activities // Plus much more!

Many shops will be opening specially on the Sunday to join in the celebrations and will be providing a variety activities from face painting and traditional outdoor games, not to mention the bubble and water play AND a fun fair for the thrill seekers.

This will be the first Kings Heath Street Festival, and there are plans for it to be an annual event, so please do come on down and join us for this very special end of summer celebration in Kings Heath.
* York Road will be closed to traffic for most of September 7th for more information about the Kings Heath Street Festival head to our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Don’t forget we also have the MIGHTY “Kings Heath Experience“ competition running, worth over £200 and full of great prizes! Good Luck!