How you can get involved in Birmingham

'Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth' -   1 John 3: 18

Many churches and organisations are working hard to help people in the area who are facing the challenges that come with poverty. These organisations rely on volunteers to be able to give the help that is much needed.

Below you can see some information about organisations in the area, the work they do and the help they need. If you see somewhere you would like to volunteer, please click on the ‘I want to help’ button to fill out a very short contact form that will go direct to the organisation you want to help.

Please help: we know that when people get involved in helping others they can make a real difference to those in need and to their own lives as well.

If you are an organisation wanting to advertise for volunteers, please either click here to complete an online form or get in touch with us for more information. Follow this link for practical resources and guidance for working with volunteers. 

The Springfield Project

Moseley

The Springfield Project is a charity offering Children’s Centre services to support local families with children under 5. We have recently started a new project 'Springfield Neighbour Scheme' in partnership with local GP surgeries, tackling isolation in adults.

We are looking for volunteers to support us in the new activity programme for our Neighbour Scheme. Roles include: Walk Leaders, Crafting Volunteers, Allotment Volunteers, Men's Group Volunteers. Activities run Mon-Thurs weekly. Please get in touch for further information.

Home-Start Bartley Green & Quinton

Bartley Green & Quinton

Home-Start is a local charity, we recruit and train parent volunteers to support families with young children. Our volunteers support other parents by visiting them in their own homes for a couple of hours each week, helping with issues such as isolation, being new to area, and coping with every day family life.

Parents and Grand Parents needed to volunteer to support local families. Full Training given, our next course starting Thursday 17th September 10 - 2 running one day a week for 8 weeks. All out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.

Safe Families for Children

Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall, Solihull

We are a Christian charity with the aims of stabilising families at times of crisis, preventing child neglect and abuse, and reducing the number of children voluntarily given into the care system. We aim to bring families out of isolation and into community.

We are recruiting volunteers for various roles, to fit with your life experience, passion and availability: Family Friends offer encouragement and friendship support to the family. Host Friends offer short stays for the children (primarily aged 10 and under) – from a couple of nights to a couple of weeks respite. Family Coaches add expertise in managing what the family need (in collaboration with our Family Support Manager) Church Co-ordinators (who hold volunteers together in a Church/cluster of Churches). See facebook: Safe Families for Children West Mids for upcoming information evenings or training days.

Grenfell Baptist Church

Ward End

We are a Baptist Church running a weekly term-time Children's Club which is attended by approximately 20 Romanian children.

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with the club. Romanian speaking volunteers would be particularly welcome but we'd love to have you even if you don't speak Romanian! Volunteer will need a DBS check, which we can arrange if you don't already have one. We are urgently looking for Roman speakers who would be willing to help with craft activities on a Tuesday evening during term time.

Bishop Latimer United Church

Winson Green

The church runs a Community Garden. This garden provides space for people to tend raised beds, a wildlife area & pond for school use and social space for community activities. It is part of the Winson Green in Bloom initiative.

We need volunteers to help us with the basic maintenance of the garden ready for our 4th entry into Winson Green in Bloom , working alongside the other garden volunteers who tend the raised beds. There are tools available to use and people can volunteer whatever time they would like which will be agreed with the Community Minister who co-leads the Garden Project.

WorkShop Ladywood

Job Club for Ladywood and the surrounding area

We have a Job Club running Thursday and Monday mornings, providing help and advice for people looking for work in Ladywood and the surrounding areas. We particularly help people overcome barriers to work, including lack of computer skills, low self-esteem, language/communication issues, mental ill-health and learning difficulties.

We look for people who are friendly, patient, computer literate and have good communication skills. You will help clients use computers , including setting up emails, using job sites and universal jobmatch. Training is available to help with writing CVs and cover letters, completing application forms and practicing interview skills. We hope you will be able to help us help people trying to get into work.

You're Cherished C.I.C, Sutton Coldfield

Building the self-esteem of girls

Cherished is a newly established Community Interest Company that seeks to 'unveil the true potential and unique value of girls, through acceptance, care and love'. Cherished works with young girls delivering courses, mentoring and support groups in order to explore key issues relevant to their lives including friendships, relationships, self-esteem, family and identity. Our aim is to help boost girls' confidence and support girls who may need someone to talk to and journey with them

We are looking for kind ladies who are passionate about building girls' self esteem and working with young vulnerable girls journeying with them to help encourage and support them. Volunteers are given training for this important role and a DBS check is required.

HALOW (Birmingham)

Helping and supporting the families of prisoners

HALOW is an organisation which runs visitor centres in prisons in the West Midlands. It aims to support family members and friends of prisoners with things like advice and guidance, children's activities and hospitality.

We need volunteers to help with the activities and to be prepared to help within the visitor centre and within the prison itself as needed. We are looking for people who are committed to helping offenders and their families rebuild their lives in a positive way.

Falcon Lodge Methodist Church, Sutton Coldfield

Toddler Group, Wednesday Lunches and Job Club

We are a Christian community reaching out and serving our local community: a community that has high needs. Falcon Lodge is the only council estate in Sutton Coldfield and has high levels of deprivation and social needs.

We are looking for people to help with our Tuesday Toddler group (setting up and serving snacks and drinks, organising art activities); Wednesday Lunches (preparing, cooking and serving food) and possibly our Wednesday Job Club (assisting in searching for work and filling out forms etc). If you could help with any of these, please get in touch.

Open Door Community Foundation

Growing loving community in Hodge Hill and beyond

We are a new charity, set up to oversee and develop our flourishing community-building and wellbeing work in Hodge Hill, and to offer wider support to other churches wanting to develop an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) approach in their work.

We're looking for a TREASURER and a COMPANY SECRETARY who are passionate about growing flourishing local communities, and have the particular skills to oversee our accounts (Treasurer), take minutes of meetings and complete annual returns (Secretary).

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1 These organisations are known to, but not part of, Thrive Together Birmingham. The organisations have not been vetted by Thrive Together Birmingham and will have their own systems for working with volunteers. The role of Thrive Together Birmingham is simply to make it easier for you to get in touch with organisations through our website and hopefully to then join in with the important work of tackling poverty

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