Small group sessions

Normal life is on hold for a while. Which means Birmingham’s small community groups and projects are more important than ever. 

As well as our online surgeries, Birmingham Community Matters is holding small online group workshops, around setting up and running community groups, and fundraising. These informal sessions will have plenty of space for discussion and asking questions. We’ll take suggestions for other topics too. 

If you need support with video calling, we can help: just ask. 

> See our page for Selly Oak, Perry Barr and Hodge Hill NNS groups

Forthcoming dates 

Keeping volunteers happy (for groups in the Yardley constituency)
Monday 10 May at 1pm to 2.30pm via Zoom
The strongest voluntary groups have a good team of volunteers behind them. But getting people involved and keeping them happy can be a challenge. Join us for a session sharing some of the ways that have worked for Emma and Rob, who run different groups that rely on the involvement of lots of volunteers. This will be an informal and supportive group session. Come along with your good ideas – and do also share your challenges, as we can help one another. 
This small group meeting is being delivered in partnership with Building Community Together, a project of Stockfield Community Association and Birmingham Playcare Network, for projects and organisations in the Yardley constituency of Birmingham.
> Sign up for ‘Keeping volunteers happy’ (for Yardley constituency) via Eventbrite

‘Meet the funder’ from Severn Trent Community Fund
Thursday 20 May at 10.30am
This is a brilliant chance to meet funding officer Sue Heyes from Severn Trent Community Fund and learn first hand how to make a successful application to get your community project off the ground!
To sign up, please email

Feedback from our first sessions: 

“Good both on sources of funding and tips. Clear presentations and bang up to date!” 

“The information was very clearly presented and the webinar provided really helpful networking opportunities.”

“I thought that Jo [BCM’s Development Coordinator] and John [of Get Grants] presented wonderfully in an informative and reassuring manner given the current funding climate.”

“Felt relaxed and well organised. Easy to follow. Great advice. Good platform to use as well.”

Read about our online surgeries and see our round-up of resources for Birmingham community groups in response to the coronavirus crisis.