Welsh House Farm Big Local Funding approved by Local Trust

On 1st July 2022 Welsh House Farm Big Local received approval from the Local Trust confirming we have met the criteria for the Trust to continue funding the Big Local Programme until 2026, which is the end date for this initiative.

This formal approval followed an extensive programme of work by WHFBL partnership to draft a new Plan and submit it together with our proposed budget requirements for the next 4 years.

This New Plan for WHFBL sets out our priorities and the work we will be doing to support the residents and communities of Welsh House Farm over the next few years. The Plan also sets out how we aim to develop a permanent legacy to ensure that there is ongoing support and resourcing for the residents of Welsh House Farm beyond the Local Trust funding time scale. This legacy will echo the principles, values and ethos of WHFBL and will build on the work and initiatives from the last few years, for which local participation and engagement are crucial.

Approval by the Local Trust for our new Plan and budget is a fantastic testament to the hard work and effort of the Partnership and staff of Welsh House Farm Big Local, the residents of Welsh House Farm who have supported us on this journey, and to our LTO colleagues and our Trust Representative.

As well as extensive consideration of our proposed Plan and Budget by Trust representatives, in order for our Plan and budget to be approved, WHFBL representatives were required to meet formally with a Plan Assessor from the Big Local Trust, and respond to detailed questions about our work, priorities and future plans.

I am very grateful for the hard work of my fellow Partnership Members, the WHFBL staff Team and our colleagues at the LTO and the Local Trust for their support during what has been a challenging but very productive time for WHFBL.

We very much look forward to working together over the next few years to continue our ideas and initiatives to make Welsh House Farm a great place to live and work in for all communities across all age groups.

I attach the statement from our Local Assessor in which she describes her assessment of WHFBL.

Chair

Graham Bryan

Welsh House Farm Big Local

National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) CEO Visits Welsh House Farm

On Monday 29th November 2021, the Green Grafters environmental group and the Welsh House Farm Big Local partnership members welcomed the recently appointed CEO of the The National Lottery Community Fund David Knott to our community.

The NLCF has previously funded work with the Welsh House Farm Community Gardening Green Grafters that included environmental projects and community art projects at Rutley Community Garden.

David was taken on a tour around the community to see several green spaces that were and are still being developed Green Grafters, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing CCC Creative Civic Change and the Welsh House Farm Big Local.

The tour ended at the Rutley Grove Community Garden where David was shown the development of the garden and the impact on families that funding from his organisation was having.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank David and his team for taking time to visit Welsh House Farm to see not only the wonderful environmental work that is taking place but continued visibility that funds from the NLCF give to various projects in our community.

Welsh House Farm Big Local Partnership bring a little Christmas cheer to the Residents at Wellington Court.

The Chairperson of the Welsh House Farm Big Local Graham Bryan and one of the Community Development Workers Dadirai Tsopo presented a huge Christmas cake and some presents to Wellington Court Sheltered Housing. The reduction in invitees was done in line with current public health guidelines. The Christmas spirit was abuzz and Staff together with the residents carried on to have a great party. Santa🎅🏾 himself was on hand for the festivities 🥳 🥳🎄!!

Welsh House Farm Big Local delighted that the relationship they have with Wellington Court Sheltered Housing and Age Concern Birmingham continues to strengthen with time and will continue to thrive and support our senior citizens from right across the area.

Happy faces and Happy Christmas to all at Wellington Court Sheltered Housing Scheme

The Welsh House Farm Big Local partnership board and staff wishes all residents and wonderful staff at Wellington Court a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year🎉🎅🏾🎄🥳!!

Rutley Grove Storage Container delivered for Welsh House Farm.

On Friday afternoon Welsh House Farm took delivery of a brand new storage container facility that was placed at Rutley Grove (behind Blanford Road).

Thanks to West Midlands Police Active Citizens Fund bid the container will be a new joint hub for Welsh House Farm Community Gardening and new Welsh House Farm Community Cycling Club.

Over the Summer residents took part in a number of free activities in Rutley Grove Garden and around the car park which included vegetable growing project, 2 Dr bike checkup sessions, Haven Centre youth music creative session.

The idea was to have the container in place well before the summer to make maximum use of it but as we all know the Covid pandemic hit which put the process behind a bit.

The Big Local partnership fully consulted with the residents within the Rutley Grove area which also included a number of Birmingham City Council officials including Harborne councillors who all unanimously backed the plan and placement of the container.

If you are interested in becoming involved with making full use and access Rutley Grove Community Garden or want to help with being involved the cycling club then do get in touch with our project team leads at welshhousefarmcommunity@gmail.com or call 0121 427 4317 and they will get back to you.

Carnival Craft Club for seniors at Wellington Court sheltered housing scheme

Since the Big Local came into being one of its key strategies was to both engage and reach out to older residents across Welsh House Farm.

Carnival Craft Club for seniors is where both residents and visitors to Wellington Court have been made to feel part of the summer energise festival activities by making banners, lollipops and windsocks that will be carried along the streets of Welsh House Farm during it carnival day street procession.

Photograph showing community arts facilitator Sam Hale of Bostin Arts at Wellington Court supporting residents carnival club craft activities.

Carnival Craft Club has been running for 3 years up at Wellington Court Sheltered housing scheme which is located just on the outer edge of Welsh House Farm.

With the full support of Waterloo Housing and Age Concern Birmingham the Big Local will make sure that all future activities will include our older residents no matter where they live in Welsh House Farm

Big Local back at the Keystone Children’s Center

During the summer Welsh House Farm Big Local has funded family carnival craft club with Sam Hale of Bostin Arts where residents from across the area have been given the opportunity to make their own carnival item.

Introducing Patch the dog who will be part of our Welsh House Farm Energise Festival Carnival on Saturday 17th August 2019 at the Keystone Play area.

It has also given our community development workers the chance to meet new residents who have recently arrived in Welsh House Farm and to bring those who are already living in the are the chance to be back at the Keystone where activities like ESOL, breastfeeding classes and baby massage happened on a weekly basis.

Next month Big Local along with selected partners will be holding a meeting with Birmingham City Council officers and Harborne Councillors to look at the possibility of bringing the Keystone Children Center back into full time use for the benefit of Welsh House Farm residents.

We will of course keep residents fully updated on the discussions but in the meantime if you have any ideas of what kind of services you would like to see back at the Keystone Children’s Center do get in touch with us.

Play In A Day with Birmingham Repertory Theatre

The Summer holidays are not just for kids it’s also for the adults who want do something a little bit different.

Our link up with Birmingham Repertory Theatre community outreach team continues this summer with a special Play In A Day workshop.

This special fun activity will be held at Quinborne Community Centre on Monday 5th August 2019 from 5pm till 8pm. Fresh sandwiches, tea and coffee will be available for all attendees.

See below on how you can sign up and come along..

Over the Summer The REP will be out and about getting local communities to discover theatre on their doorstep.

Visiting eight community centres, including Aston, Ward End, Welsh House Farm, Kitts Green and Ladywood local people will have the chance to create a play in a day, in a workshop led by members of The REP’s Learning and Participation Department. The day will introduce those taking part to the skills of theatre making as well as developing an understanding of how to bring stories from their communities to life on stage.

Becky Deeks, Education Officer at The REP says:

“This Summer, our Play in a Day sessions will work directly with local community groups across Birmingham. These sessions will be led by members of The REP’s Learning and Participation team and will provide a platform to show participants how theatre can be used as an exciting way to explore and share their stories.”

Suitable for those aged 18+, anyone interested in attending one of our exciting Play In A Day workshops, simply call our community development worker Michael on 07446 868200 or email welshhousefarmcommunity@gmail.com for information and to book a place.

Streetestra is back for the summer.

Welsh House Farm Big Local and On the Edge music charity are giving anyone aged 8 to 18 to come along and sign upto our free Streetestra music making and dance skills workshops which are being held at Welsh House Farm Community School.

Final sign ups start next Friday from 11am – 12pm with Fiona at the Haven Community Project.