Let us paint the picture for you – almost 25 years ago, in the heart of Balsall Heath, a few intrepid locals came together to forge the “Build A Better Balsall Heath” campaign. Passionate about making positive changes and improving the lives of people in their little corner of Birmingham, these volunteers from various subsections of the area’s diverse culture, quickly became the forefront of social change.
Fastforward to present day, and the Balsall Heath Forum is as strong as ever. Now headed up by a team of dedicated staff and supported by many passionate volunteers, this neighbourhood lead organisation acts as voice for residents and community members. As an organisation, their key focus lies around safety issues, youth culture, and environmental issues – you know, all the important stuff! They bridge that sometimes wide gap between the local people and the authorities, act as link to service providers, improve the image of the area across wider Birmingham, build a strong sense of community. So basically, the benefits of Balsall Heath Forum is endless!
We think Birmingham needs more organisations like the Balsall Heath Forum – keep doing what you’re doing!
Keep up to date with their amazing work on Facebook here.
The arts are a powerful, and often underestimated, positive tool to steer social change – that’s why we love what Some Cities do. This not for profit Community Interest Company focuses on how the arts can unite communities, and specifically the power that photography has to bridge social gaps here in Birmingham.
Their vision is to see Birmingham become the UK centre of photography, working with organisations and individuals, regardless of photography skill or personal background, on a variety of exciting projects across the city. With a whole programme of high quality training, seminars, exhibitions and inclusive participatory photographic opportunities on offer, as well as an affordable and easily accessible Dark Room, Some Cities is changing the way the people of Birmingham interact with the arts, each other, and our amazing city.
Not only does it allow amateur photographers greater exposure, but it offers a unique insight into our diverse, vibrant city, creating an extensive digital archive of life and culture in the region, and encouraging it’s people to share their untold stories and personal lives. From our urban city streets to stunning panoramic landscapes, the images shared via SomeCities really will change the way you see Birmingham and unleash a whole new level of appreciation and love for our town!
SomeCities proves that everyone can get involved with and enjoy the arts opportunities on offer in Birmingham, and that gets a huge thumbs up from us!
Check out their incredible work and get involved here.