Support for NNS groups

Neighbourhood Networks Schemes (NNS) in Birmingham work to prevent social isolation and loneliness in people aged 50 and over. We have been working with some of them in supporting their funded community and voluntary groups/projects. You can select an NNS area below to find out what we’re doing. 

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Selly Oak Neighbourhood Networks Scheme 

Selly Oak NNS has awarded Birmingham Community Matters with funding to support community and voluntary groups in the area* that help them to achieve their aims.

*That’s groups in Billesley, Bournbrook, Selly Park, Bournville, Cotteridge, Brandwood, Kings Heath, Druids Heath, Monyhull, Highters Heath, Kings Norton North, Stirchley, Weoley and Selly Oak.

Forthcoming sessions

‘Using digital tools for your voluntary group’
Thursday 25 February, 11am on Zoom

While the chance to resume face-to-face activities is, unfortunately, still not here, we are working with Birmingham-based community interest company DigiKick to help Selly Oak NNS groups in choosing and using digital tools to organise, promote and deliver their activities.

We know many groups in the NNS programme have adapted a great deal during the pandemic, so this short session is your chance to share what has worked well for you, and to learn about other digital tools and skills that may help your group.

Following this session, we will organise further sessions based on the things groups feel they need to continue to adapt. Sign up via the Eventbrite listing. If you need support with getting onto Zoom please let us know – we can help.

‘Managing community buildings’
Tuesday 9 March, 12pm

This is an informal support session, bringing together those with a responsibility for management of community buildings in Selly Oak constituency*. Sharing where groups and organisations are with their planning for reopening, repurposing and delivering things differently or just some moral support!  Sign up via the Eventbrite listing here

Online sessions and slides

We held a series of Fundraising Q&A online sessions with John Ellery of grant fundraising consultancy Get Grants to support groups in the Selly Oak NNS. Representatives from 18 different groups attended. People were able to ask questions about the current fundraising terrain, particularly in regards to the coronavirus crisis.

You can view the slides from each of the webinars below :

BCM Funding Webinar Selly Oak NNS groups April – 29 April 2020

BCM Funding Webinar Selly Oak NNS groups May – 21 May 2020

BCM Funding Webinar Selly Oak NNS groups June – 25 June 2020

Perry Barr Neighbourhood Networks Scheme 

Perry Barr NNS has awarded Birmingham Community Matters with funding to support community and voluntary groups in the area* that help them to achieve their aims. 

That includes Birchfield, Handsworth, Handsworth Wood, Kingstanding, Holyhead, Lozells, Perry Barr and Oscott.

Forthcoming sessions

Funding your group in 2021 
Wednesday 11 March, 11am to 12 noon, sign up for this session here

Demonstrating the ‘need’: planning your project with budgets and outputs
Wednesday 17 March, 11am to 12 noon, sign up for this session here

Making your project Covid-safe 
Wednesday 31 March, 11am to 12 noon

Contact us for support

If your group operates in the Perry Barr constituency, you are very welcome to contact us to arrange one-to-one support. If you run a community building which has been closed since the coronavirus outbreak, and would like to work through any challenges in re-opening it (for example, relating to risk assessments and physical distancing), we can add you to a small group meeting. Get in touch today.

Hodge Hill Neighbourhood Networks Scheme

Hodge Hill NNS works with voluntary groups in the areas of Alum Rock, Bordesley & Highgate, Bordesley Green, Bromford & Hodge Hill, Glebe Farm & Tile Cross, Heartlands, Shard End, Small Heath, and Ward End.

Forthcoming sessions

Choosing a structure and running your group 
Monday 15 March, 1pm to 3pm, sign up for this session here

Help and support from Birmingham Community Matters (BCM)

If your group operates in anyone of the NNS areas above, you are very welcome to contact us to arrange one-to-one support. We look forward to hearing from you!