FAQs

Frequently asked questions about Birmingham Community Matters

Here we’ve answered a few questions about BCM. If you have questions relating to your community group, we recommend you attend one of our surgeries. Someone is sure to be able to help.

Are you a charity?
Yes, BCM became a charity in August 2018. Our registered charity number is 1179442.

Are you part of Birmingham City Council?
No, Birmingham Community Matters is not part of any local authority. We were partly funded by Birmingham City Council for a while, thanks to a grant from the Local Innovation Fund administered by Birmingham City Council’s Neighbourhood Development and Support Unit. You can read more about our funders here.

What is a BCM surgery?
A BCM surgery is an informal session where

people with ideas or questions about starting or developing their community project or group can talk face to face with people who have experience of doing similar things.

It’s a very simple model, which we have based on the social media surgeries set up by Podnosh.

We’ve written a blog post to explain what happens at a BCM surgery. Remember, you can just turn up!

I would love to help out at a surgery – how do I do this?
If you have experience and knowledge to share, we’d love to meet you. Why don’t you drop in at our next surgery, or contact us via email?

Why don’t you cover all of Birmingham?
BCM is a small charity run mainly by volunteers and we simply don’t have the resources to cover the whole city yet. We are working on this, though, and we’re always pleased to make links with community venues who would like to host a BCM surgery in the future.