About Us

Birmingham Settlement – here for more than a century!



Founded in 1899, Birmingham Settlement is one of the oldest charities in Birmingham.

Part of a movement of social reform activists outraged by the plight of the poor in the 19th century, originally Birmingham Settlement’s work concentrated on providing support to women and families in the seriously deprived St Mary’s area, now known as Newtown.

Now our breadth of work is much wider and reaches more communities in Birmingham. We are now based across north-west Birmingham, with bases in Ladywood and Kingstanding.

We work in an ever changing environment, with new challenges to face, both as an organisation and for our local communities. We adapt the way we work and the services we provide to meet these challenges

Our Values

As a values driven organisation, our work is based on our founding principles in 1899 to support disadvantaged communities. Our values are at the heart of all we do and how we work:

  • Committed
  • Non-Judgemental
  • Accountable – with integrity, honesty and transparency
  • Caring
  • Enabling
  • Responsive

Our Strategic Objectives

Our objectives ensure we deliver effective services which respond to the needs of our communities:

  • To improve financial resilience for people and communities
  • To build wellbeing for individuals and communities
  • To develop people’s skills, confidence, and voice
  • To build environmental awareness, knowledge, and action
  • To build and maintain a sustainable organisation

Our Mission

Birmingham Settlement works to create opportunity and choice – connecting and empowering people through action, activities, and shared learning to build and sustain wellbeing for all.

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