Organisations invited to apply to become part of Stronger Communities scheme

Birmingham: A search has been launched for organisations that can help support a range of activities being developed by Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC).

The activities, designed bring people together as a result of the city hosting the Commonwealth Games next year, will form part of the Stronger Communities project – which is utilising an allocation of £500,000 from the council’s £6million Commonwealth Games Community Fund.

Organisations are now being asked to submit applications to support three of the five workstreams that will make up the Stronger Communities scheme.

The three areas in which expressions of interest are being welcomed are:

  • A city connected by inclusive heritage trails – Applicants are being asked to provide ideas/photos/videos for potential trails, in addition to supplying volunteers to act as navigators around the trail.
  • We made Birmingham – A search for organisations that will work with local communities to gather narratives about living and working in Birmingham, as well as identifying people from their localities who have interesting stories to tell.
  • Getting Communities Talking – A search for organisations that can demonstrate their ability to recruit and work with women from diverse backgrounds who have been marginalised and have difficulty engaging with others.

Cllr John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities, said: “The Commonwealth Games will be a moment to celebrate our city’s identity and personality with the world.

“Birmingham is a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive place. We want to enable local people and communities to participate in the Games in a way that builds civic pride, cohesion and inclusion.

“We can use our Proud Host City status as a turning point in uniting our population and tackling inequalities.

“We’ve engaged with the people of Birmingham to shape the Stronger Communities programme and will be working with BVSC and others to deliver it – now we need organisations to come forward to help do this and I hope we receive a wide range of submissions to help us achieve a key legacy aims from the Games.”

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on January 7. To find out more and to put forward a proposal, visit the BVSC website.

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