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BOSF March Update

BOSF Virtual Socials

It is great to see so many of you at our virtual Coffee Mornings and Tea Tmes. If you have not been to one then we woud love to welcome you to join us. They will be run every two weeks.

Come and join the discussions!

BOSF Coffee Morning on Wednesday 7th April at 11.00am
Join by clicking the zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81411122698


The, the next BOSF Tea Time is on Wednesday 21st April at 4.00pm
Join by clicking the zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82078421979


BOSF AGM
Don't foget our AGM on Thursday 15th April 2021 at 4.00pm

As a result of the COVID pandemic we have to hold this years AGM on line via Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85734492958

We are always looking for new members to come and join our committee and trustees, so please let me know if you are interested and also if there are any items of business or motions that you would like included on the agenda.

We will be sending out the Agenda prior to the meeting.

Please contact Sarah at info@bosf.org.uk to add anything to the agenda or to send your apologies.


If you have any questions about downloading or using Zoom, then please contact Mat on communications.bosf@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you there!

Naturally Birmingham - The Learning So Far!

In 2019 Birmingham won a place on an initiative called the Future Parks Accelerator Programme and became one of only eight places across the UK selected by the National Trust (NT), The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and Ministry for Communities, Housing and Local Government (MCHLG) to take part in its ground-breaking Future Parks programme.

PLEASE JOIN US
For one of our free online FPA Webinars on Zoom
  • Tuesday April 20th 2021 starting at 15:00 (1.5 hours)
  • Thursday April 22nd starting at 18:00 (1.5 hours)
  • Saturday April 24th starting at 10:00 (1.5 hours)
 
There will be lots of opportunity to tell us about your group and ask the Team questions about the project.
 
Please book your place via Eventbrite by clicking here

THE AIMS OF THE FPA PROJECT
1. Promoting a step-change in how people engage with their parks to maximise public benefit, local potential, and innovation.
2. Enabling new cross-sector partnerships that bring together knowledge and expertise from outside the traditional parks sector, embedding new skills.
3. Catalysing and blending new sources of funding to enable diversified and sustainable business models that are attractive to new donors, funders, and investors.
4. Adopting a systemic approach so that a whole place’s portfolio of public green space is protected and enhanced, delivering a fair, quality, and free service to all.

WHY DO UK’S PARKS AND GREEN SPACES NEED AN ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME?
Whether our green spaces are parks, allotments, nature reserves, country parks, public open spaces, part of our home, cemeteries, wildlife corridors, woodlands, playing fields, community gardens, the bit of grass at the end of the road or two planters greening a grey street, their importance has always been recognised by the individuals that use them and by the network of Friends Groups who do such amazing work across Birmingham. But over recent years the funding available for the development and care of green spaces has been reduced. What can we do over the next 25 years to turn this around, we would like to hear from you and tell you more about what has been developed so far building on the excellent work already happening.
 
Birmingham’s parks and open spaces provide residents and visitors to Birmingham with a range of services and benefits that go far beyond what is easily visible. The Future Parks Accelerator Project for Birmingham – “Naturally Birmingham” is trying to make the invisible or hidden services and benefits – visible to those that need to see them. Join us to find out what we have learnt so far, what the plans are going forward and how you can help shape design and delivery over the next 25 years, we know people need parks and parks need people.
 
To find out more about the Future Parks Project please visit our webpages: Naturally Birmingham Future Parks Project

NNS - Neighbourhood Network Scheme

Neighbourhood Network Schemes (NNS) are designed to support older people in Birmingham to connect with individuals, groups, organisations, activities, services and places in their local neighbourhood.

They are locality and constituency based networks which enable the engagement with and investment in community assets. This approach is integral to a new community social work model, and the overall investment by Birmingham City Council’s Adult Social Care & Health in “Prevention First”

See list below for your local contact!

NNS Microgrant Scheme
The ethos of the Neighbourhood Network Schemes is to enable groups to maximise their ability to support those over the age of 50. With this in mind, we are aware that there are many smaller groups working in our communities for whom a small contribution would make a big difference to the work they do and the people they support.
 
The NNS Microgrant Scheme is designed for just this very reason. Grants are available for up to (£500) to aid those smaller groups to purchase equipment, run activities or support the work of their organisation.
 
The fund aims to support projects that enable older people to:
  • Remain engaged with social activity
  • Live healthy lifestyles
  • Increase their financial capability
  • Retain their independence in their home, whether it is their own home, rented accommodation or independent sheltered housing
  • Aid families and carers to help them feel more supported 

No11 Arts in Parks

No11 Arts Ltd is an umbrella organisation created to support, enrich and advocate for our city-wide network of 10 Local Arts Forums (LA'sF). There are 10 LAF's across the whole of Birmingham, one in each constituency.

Through the LAF's, No11 Arts encourages people to take an active part in the creation of their own cultural production and works with communities across a range of cultural backgrounds, celebrating diversity; and comments to the creative ecconomy through both employment and capacity building.
 
We are looking to collaborate more widely and in particular with Birmingham Open Spaces Forum (BOSF) who also work across the city’s ten constituencies. We would welcome an opportunity for the Local Arts Forum leads to meet their counterparts in the localities to share and exchange ideas in order that local people have a wider arts offer.

If you are interested in knowing more about our work, please contact:- 
 
Gurminder Sehint is a Trustee and a Coordinator of No11 Arts and liaises with the LAF’s to deliver it’s arts programme.
Contact details:
Email : gurminderopw@gmail.com  Mob: 07867541330
Website:https://www.number11arts.co.uk

Celebrating Communities Small Grants Fund

BCC’s Commonwealth Games legacy team recently launched the Celebrating Communities small grants fund.

Grants will be available to run initiatives which deliver against one of three themes: ‘Getting Active’, ‘Ready, Steady, Fun’ and ‘Celebrating Culture’ - which are described as follows:

  • Getting Active – encouraging communities to get out and get active by participating in sports and recreational activities. The overriding aim should be to encourage residents, of all abilities and ages, to engage in physical activity and improve their health and wellbeing.
  • Ready, Steady, Fun – delivering community projects to ensure a local area is Games ready (e.g. by improving communal space, and hosting community celebrations to develop active citizenship and reduce loneliness and social isolation).
  • Celebrating Culture – developing community-led cultural events and initiatives that encourage intergenerational activities. Proposed schemes must harness the power of culture to bring people together, celebrate their identities, and the culture, heritage and stories of their communities.

The grants will be available to people and communities in all 69 wards across Birmingham and open to application in 1 March 2021 to 1 June 2021 and from 1 October 2021 to 1 January 2022.

Click here to find out more!

Wild About Gardens

Wild About Gardens is back for 2021 and this year we're wild about... beetles!

Working in partnership with The Wildlife Trusts, Wild About Gardens aims to get the nation gardening for wildlife and this year we're asking you to help Bring Back Beetles.

There are over 4,000 species of beetle in the UK alone! Beetles are a vital part of any wildlife garden. They will munch on garden insects like aphids and snails, whilst acting as food for our larger garden visitors such as hedgehogs and birds, but sadly they are under threat. Read the Wild About Gardens booklet to learn more about our brilliant beetles, and take a pledge to support them in your green space. 

Head to the Wild About Gardens website to find activities, advice and the chance to win some RHS gardening prizes, by clicking here!

The Great British Spring Clean 28th May to 13th June

This spring, join Keep Britain Tidy and their community of #Litterheroes on their #MillionMileMission to clear litter from our streets, parks and beaches. Because what is good for our environment is good for our mental and physical health too. 

In the past 12 months our outdoor spaces and places have mattered to us more than ever before. So join in and show some love for those special places that helped us through lockdown.

They have got all the advice and information you need to get started, and their Covid-19 guidance is updated regularly. 

To find out more, vist their website by clicking here.

Liverpool City Council Commitment to Protect All Parks Forever!

In a unique partnership with Fields in Trust, Liverpool City Council have today committed to become the first local authority to protect all of their parks and green spaces forever, ensuring they will never be built on or sold off. This commitment will see 100 green spaces, covering over 1,000 hectares, secured in perpetuity ensuring a tangible legacy for local communities.

 

Take Action for green spaces near you

Fields in Trust need you to join them in calling on other local authorities to follow Liverpool’s pioneering lead and legally protect their own parks and green spaces.

 

The importance of parks and green spaces has never been highlighted more than in the past year; they have been places to exercise, relax, reflect and stay socially connected whilst physically distanced. They will continue to be an important part of our coronavirus recovery.

 

They believe the everyone should have access to a high-quality green space no more than a ten-minute walk from where they live. Liverpool City Council’s commitment today will enshrine this for the city’s residents, ensuring the health and happiness of future generations.

 

Sadly, many people across the rest of the UK do not enjoy similar assurances.Take action to help change that: share the story with your local councillors and MPs and ask them to commit to a similar vision.

Click here to find out more.

Covid-19 Green & Open Space Use

A report published by the Medical Research Council/Chief Scientist Office Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow reveals there was a marked increase in use of green and open spaces following the initial 2020 lockdown, with greenspace users reporting that it benefited their mental health. However, the survey found there continues to be underlying socio-economic inequalities in use of greenspaces.
The report highlights the importance of green and open spaces for population health and wellbeing. It concludes greenspaces are an essential resource for community wellbeing, which must be protected and prioritised.
Key findings:
  • During November 2020, nearly two thirds of adults (63%) reported that they had visited a green or open space in the previous 4 weeks. 
  • There were sharp inequalities in visiting green and open space; 71% of those classed as high socio-economic status visited in the previous 4 weeks compared to just 53% of those of low socio-economic status.
  • 9 in 10 individuals agreed that being in green and open spaces benefitted their mental health.
Click here to read more
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