Following a successful Reaching Communities National Lottery Community Fund bid, in 2016 we expanded our work in the east of Birmingham. Through this work we delivered a Champions 4 Skills programme with aims of up-skilling and empowering local people to become a part of their local community.
This project focused on young people aged 18 to 24 who are not in education, employment or training, older adults, those who had become isolated and the wider community. We worked closely with local service providers, education providers, employers and the local authority to bring about real and lasting change to the people of Shard End and Kitts Green.
Through this project we have developed a skilled and committed volunteer network which worked together to bring about positive change in the local community, with volunteers who supported other people to get involved. Alongside the development of volunteers and up-skilling of local people, we also developed a number of new services for the local community, reflecting some of the longstanding and successful services that we already deliver in Aston.