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BOSF August Newsletter

BOSF Socials

Our next BOSF Social with be a walk at:

Stirchley Fruit and Nut Village
on Wednesday 8th September.

Full details of the meeting location and time to follow soon!

The next BOSF Tea Time will then be on Wednesday 22nd September at 4pm
This will be online for everyone

Please join in by clicking on this link

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Coleys Lane Open Day

The Rea Valley Conservation Group is holding their Open Day on Sunday 15th August beginning at 11am.
They will also be unveiling the Millstone they recovered from the River Rea at Coleys Lane two years ago. This amazing find will be unveiled at 11.30am.
Come along and join them at the bridge parapet over the River Rea at the bottom of Coleys Lane, near the Northfield Railway Station B31 4AW.

RSPB to Connect Children with Nature

Exciting news from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund
Thanks to generous funding from DEFRA’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, we are delighted to announce BOSF will be working in partnership with the RSPB and The Princes Trust to deliver an exciting new project, Naturally Connected Communities Birmingham. The project partners will work alongside local Friends groups and teachers to offer hands-on nature activities that enable more children, young people and families from a diverse range of backgrounds to connect with nature in their local greenspace, learn about local threats to nature and take action that matters to them.
The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a short-term competitive fund to kick-start environmental renewal whilst creating and retaining a range of jobs. The aim of the fund is to support projects that focus on nature restoration, nature-based solutions and connecting people with nature, delivering against the goals of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, whilst helping to sustain and build capacity in the sector. The funding will secure 2,500 jobs across the UK, with nine new jobs being created locally as part of the Naturally Connected Communities Birmingham project.
Jenny Hackland, RSPB Education, Families and Youth Manager said: “We’re delighted that the Green Recovery Challenge funding will allow children from a diverse range of backgrounds, who don’t always get the chance to meaningfully experience nature, to find their inner explorer as they get up close with magnificent minibeasts on a bug safari, or plant a tree that they can visit for years to come. We know that the Nature and Climate Emergency is of growing concern for young people and we want to be able to empower young people to decide what action they want to take locally to protect nature. We are excited to be working with our partners, BOSF and The Princes Trust, to make a difference for people and for nature in Birmingham”
Watch this space for more information coming soon!

Community Action for Great Big Green Week

A national celebration of community action: 18-26th September 2021

The Great Big Green Week will be the largest event for climate and nature ever seen in the UK. Thousands of events will celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved too. If you’re in Scotland, you can get involved via the Climate Fringe Week, hosted by our sister organisation Stop Climate Chaos Scotland. Together we will call on politicians to raise their ambition and champion action on climate change.

All groups urged to organise local activities and take part in local 'weeks of action' in their area

Naturally Birmingham July Newsletter

Read the July Newsletter from Naturally Birmingham with updates on their work with Future Parks Accelerator, case studies and information.

As they move further into the Transition phase of the programme they will be increasingly focusing on embedding the findings and creations into the Council, meaning they will be focussing less on forming new ideas, and more on finding ways to ensure that all that has been tested and trialled continues when the Naturally Birmingham project ends.

Click here to read the newsletter.

Naturally Birmingham August Skills Showcase

Naturally Birmingham are bringing the Green Sector Skills to life for the last time this year!!
Anyone can join these sessions so book your place now 😊
Our Skills Showcase Events for August are now live and spaces are filling up quickly, so book now and come join us. These sessions are completely free to attend and will be fun, informal and interactive sessions. The perfect opportunity for you to learn more about the great outdoors and all of the opportunities available from Urban Forestry and Environmentalism to Landscaping and Farming. Don’t forget to sign up using the links below but be quick – spaces are limited to 15 each.

Click here to sign up.
Are you 16-24 years old and in receipt of Universal credit? Did you know we have the following Kickstart Vacancies available? If these roles interest you, please speak to your work coach.

  • Trainee Grounds Maintenance Operatives, this role includes carry out light horticulture duties such as planting, pruning and weeding.
  • Future Parks Accelerator Communications Trainee, you will be encouraged to promote the fantastic parks across Birmingham, whilst supporting the project’s initiatives and events.
  • Trainee Parks Ranger, candidates will be given exposure to a range of duties and skills used by Ranger Service Personnel in the protection, promotion and enhancement of nature conservation sites and the wider parks portfolio
  • Trainee Animal Assistant – you will be shadowing the team at the Wildlife Centre, learning all about the daily operations of the centre, whilst working closely with animals.

Open Call - Photography Bursary to Respond to Birmingham's Parks

The GRAIN Bursary is an award to a photographer or artist working in photography. The applicant must be based in England and must submit their application by 10 September 2021.

The bursary offers an award of £2,000 to support the making of new work and £500 towards a public outcome. The making of the work and the outcome should take place in Birmingham, UK.

For this bursary opportunity we are seeking proposals from those who are interested in making new work in response to the city’s parks. The work must be made within a 12-month period of receiving the bursary award.

The bursary supports artistic development and experimentation and the production of new work. It offers time to explore processes and try out new ideas.

Click here for more information.

Celebrating Communities Grant Support from BCM

The application window for Round 2 of Celebrating Communities will open on Friday 1 October. 

This is the small grants fund set up by Birmingham City Council to help voluntary groups celebrate the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

With the summer well underway, it's not too soon to start perfecting your application. 

We've been working alongside Locality and the council's Neighbourhood Development Support Unit to deliver briefing sessions and support to groups wishing to apply for a grant. We're planning more briefing sessions from September, so please watch this space if you missed out in Round 1 or you'd like a refresher. 

Take a look at our Celebrating Communities page for information and inspiration. 

Help Thrive Protect Their Garden at Kings Heath

Our Birmingham client gardeners, volunteers and staff need you!

Thrive Birmingham offer therapeutic gardening programmes to people with a defined health, social or educational need in the old 'TV gardens' in Kings Heath Park as well as various outreach projects in the wider community.

After months of regular break-ins, vandalism and theft, we want prevent further damage and disruption for the people we support with our horticultural therapy sessions. We're looking for donations to be able to install CCTV and improve security at our gardens and office, so we can focus on gardening and not cleaning up after mindless attacks, which have a big impact on those we work with, our volunteers and staff.
Please click here to find out more

Petition from Bee Friendly Brum

Bee Friendly Brum is a campaign calling on Birmingham city council to ban pesticides in the city, use environmentally friendly alternatives to 'weed' control where necessary; where possible leave green spaces to grow and actively promote pollinator friendly habitats.

“Many Birmingham residents are concerned about the use of pesticides being applied in spaces where our children, pets and local wildlife may come into contact with it. Many countries, including France, Belgium and the Netherlands have already restricted or banned their use due to the many issues associated with them, and within the UK over 60 councils are now implementing programs to phase out their use.”
Click here to view their petition

5 Year Review by the Select Committee Inquirey into the Future of Public Parks

The Parks & Green Spaces APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) meeting was held on the 8th of July, which reviewed progress made since the 2016 Select Committee Inquiry into the Future of Public Parks.

If you weren't able to make it, a highlights video, full recording and minutes are now available on the APPG website, along with the copy of the letter sent the APPG has sent to Clive Betts MP, Chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee.

Keep Britain Tidy's Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton, who spoke at the meeting alongside Mr Betts MP and key stakeholders from the parks sector, said "“
The meeting brought together parks sector representatives and MPs in a passionate discussion about the uncertain future of our parks and greenspaces. We had a fantastic outcome, with Clive Betts MP agreeing to hold a formal review of his committee’s hard hitting inquiry into the future of parks and through that review we hope will draw much-needed attention to the profile of greenspaces on the Westminster agenda." 

Click here to find out what happened.

Demonstrating the Power of Nature Based Solutions

The Improvement Service in Scotland has joined together with COSLA, NatureScot and the Sustainable Scotland Network to develop awareness of the potential of nature-based solutions (NbS).

The briefing focuses on harnessing nature to help us deliver a range of outcomes simultaneously, including for climate change, communities, public health and a ‘green recovery’ from COVID-19. It has been developed to inform and support elected members along with the wider Local Government community.

The briefing brings together the knowledge of NatureScot combined with insight from the Sustainable Scotland Network on the broader public sector climate change agenda.

Click here to read more.

European Cities Make Pledge for  More Trees and Rooftop Gardens

Thirty-one major cities, including the likes of London, Barcelona and Milan, have signed a declaration committing to investment in green spaces and fighting the effects of climate change.

Mayors of each city signed up to the C40 cities network goal of having 30-40 per cent of built-up city surface consisting of green spaces like parks or streets lined with trees, or permeable spaces to absorb water and prevent flooding.

Other commitments include improving access to these green spaces for locals. The cities still have time to enter their ideas for achieving these goals, but one example includes planting three million trees in Milan by 2030.

Click here to read more.

Fundraising Events with Get Grants

Free Events
We continue to offer lots of lovely free events, creating a space for fundraisers across the country to connect with one another – sharing their recent experiences, success and frustrations. Across the next few weeks we have the following opportunities which we’d love to see people attending…
  • Meet the Funder with The Henry Smith Charity – We will be joined by Mary Mosinghi, Grants Manager at The Henry Smith Charity, who will be presenting on their Strengthening Communities Grant Programme. The programme aims to support small charitable organisations working at grassroots level, funding the most disadvantaged areas of the UK, and targeting places that are economically marginalised and affected by poverty.
  • Virtual Fundraisers Networking Event - Led by a Get Grants Expert, at this free session you will get to hear the latest on the sector, gain opinions and advice on the current fundraising landscape, and connect with like-minded fundraisers.
  • Easyfundraising Webinar -  Join us at this friendly session where you will receive easyfundraising updates, including the top things you should be promoting, their current campaigns and fundraising ideas. You will have the opportunity to learn from the real-world experiences of those using easyfundraising, getting inspiration from fundraisers at all levels and experience.
  • Meet the Funder with the Community Foundation for Surrey – This is a brilliant opportunity for Surrey based voluntary, community, and charitable groups to hear from, and speak to the Community Foundation for Surrey.
  • Meet the Expert with easyfundraising - Get Grants will be joined by an easyfundraising expert to discuss how easyfundraising can help you to achieve greater fundraising success. Through attending you will have the opportunity to take part in a session discussing easyfundraising, which is free for any not-for-profit organisation to use.
Training Opportunities
Get Grants offers a range of Fundraising Training Courses for fundraisers of all skill levels and organisations of all shapes and sizes – and we have the following opportunities on the horizon…
  • Bid Writing in Sports & Physical Activity Workshop – our two hour workshop is aimed at organisations who are delivering sports and physical activity projects, and who are interested in increasing their grant fundraising income and confidence
  • Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Course – through attending this course you will learn how to establish, deliver, and manage an effective Trusts and Foundations fundraising programme that works for your organisation.
  • Major Donor Fundraising Course – this course will give a comprehensive overview of the fundraising process – helping you to better understand how major gifts are cultivated, and how relationships are built with donors.

Part-Time Job Opportunity: Birmingham’s Erratic Boulders: Heritage of the Ice Age

Four local organisations have worked together over the last 18 months to win an award of £112,800 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a project called “Birmingham’s Erratic Boulders: Heritage of the Ice Age”.

The project will run from July 2021 to January 2023 and the award is to a partnership of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust, the Black Country Geological Society, Birmingham Open Spaces Forum and the Lapworth Museum of Geology.

Thanks to National Lottery players, the project aims to restore the large boulders, which were brought from the mountains of North Wales in the Ice Age, to their rightful place as a prominent feature of Birmingham’s natural heritage and a source of local pride.

One or two individuals are needed to fill the part-time roles from September 2021 to the end of 2022. We are looking for people with experience in project management/working with volunteers; geological expertise is not essential. For role descriptions and person specifications, please click here.

Applications should take the form of:
  • a one-page letter explaining your interest and suitability and making it clear whether you want to take up the Project Manager role, the Volunteer Coordinator role, or both.
  • a c.v. giving factual information on your educational and other qualifications and employment/volunteering history.
Applications should be sent by email to

Closing date 9am on Tuesday 10th August 2021, with interviews to be held on Monday 23rd August 2021
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