As we begin 2020, let’s take a look back at our Men’s programme taking place here at our Aston Centre. Since its inception in April 2019, 48 local men have attended activities, workshops, trips and events throughout the year! The programme is driven by its members through forums which shape the direction of the programme and give local residents the chance to share what they’d like to see. Based on this feedback the programme is now made up of four weekly activities: Tai chi, Boxercise, chess & dominoes and a walking group. You can find out when and where these activities are happening by clicking here.

As well as the regular, weekly activities there have been 10 issue-based workshops at the centre and seven trips to different places in and around Birmingham. The workshops have covered a range of topics such as inactivity, obesity, mental health, stroke awareness and cyber-crime and have been delivered by external agencies such as the West Midlands Police as well as our very own Birmignham Training Unit. Along with workshops, trips outside of the local community have taken the group to Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Sandwell Valley, Barr Beacon Hill and other interesting parts of the midlands.

Already lined up in 2020 are workshops on modern slavery, drugs & addiction and a ‘history of the Settlement’ presentation. Further trips, events and new activities are being led by members of the Men’s programme as it becomes increasingly user driven. We are excited to see the programme grow in 2020 and hope to see more local people in Aston and beyond attending throughout the year.

If you’d like to get involved or find out more, contact Andy Farrer on  or 07535 524 113.