Partners

Making Opportunities Possible

Our partners are chosen for all the fantastic opportunities they provide in the Sport and Physical Activity Sector, from training, volunteering and job opportunities to superb projects supporting people across all communities.

Partners

Sport Birmingham

Sport Birmingham is an independent charity that uses the power of sport and physical activity to improve lives. We are the city's strategic sports partnership, working as a leading charity to connect places, people and communities to drive local innovation in the delivery of sport and physical activity.

Check out our strategy in this video!

The Active Wellbeing Society

The Active Wellbeing Society is a community benefit society and cooperative working to build healthy, happy communities living active and connected lives. We are grounded in the communities where inequalities are at their highest, and we work with them to tackle inequality and promote community development. We deliver a wide range of free activities and services aimed at improving wellbeing at an individual and community level.

Sport Structures

Sport Structures CIC is one of the largest training providers in the sport and physical activity sector offering education and training solutions along with both 'on pitch' and 'off pitch' apprenticeships. They seek to develop organisations and people through providing high quality and accessible opportunities for coaches, volunteers, and those that work in sport. This is underpinned by their experience of designing and creating learning.

We specialise in safeguarding and mental health training.

Click this Link to go to the Sport Structures EDI courses

Open Learn

Free learning from The Open University

See where curiosity takes you

Sport 4 Life Uk

Sport 4 Life UK is here to help young people (aged 11 to 29) move into sustained education, training and work through sports-themed personal development. We believe in giving young people the opportunity to create a better future for themselves.

Sense

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.

Aston Villa Foundation

The Aston Villa Foundation is a registered charity that delivers the community and social responsibility work of Aston Villa Football Club. Working alongside key local and national stakeholders, the Foundation delivers projects, initiatives and provides opportunities to achieve its mission of Working Together to Enrich Lives.

Aston Villa Foundation

Uk Coaching

We're here for the COACH. Whatever your role – coach, facilitator, instructor, leader, teacher or trainer – if you're helping people to be active and improve, we're here for you. We develop inspiring coaches to bring #GreatCoaching to the lives of millions. Whatever your role if you're helping people to be active and improve, we're here for you.

Find out more about us HERE

Coach Core

Targeting 16-24 year olds who are not in education or employment, Coach Core delivers an inclusive and impactful sports coaching apprenticeship that develops the talents of young people and provides them with a range of vital skills for sport, work and life.

Coach Core

Roots To Success

Roots to Success is a face-to-face personal development programme that aims to improve the employment prospects and life chances for Young People (16-25) within the Three Estates area, Kings Norton, Birmingham. The programme is based on a multi-partner approach project involving Sport Birmingham, the Birmingham Youth Service……

for more information, contact ben.gutteridge@sportbirmingham.org

Or click on the training tab to see our up to date list of courses.

Kickstart By The Active Wellbeing Society

Under the new Kickstart scheme, The Active Wellbeing Society is hosting 30 young people on a work program to develop skills and experience. The aim is to support young people towards finding a fulfilling future career. Kickstart is a DWP program which places young people with partnering organisations.

Solihull Community Housing

Are you a Solihull Community Housing resident and would like employment support?
Would you like to build your confidence and skills?
Our qualified Employment and Skills Officer Rosie can help you with information, advice and guidance in relation to training, skills and employment. Rosie has lots of opportunities ranging from courses to paid employment to help you achieve your goals.
https://feedback.solihullcommunityhousing.org.uk/employment-and-skills-application-form/
Follow the link above, apply using our application form and we will be in touch shortly to help you be the best you can be!
Get in touch today!

Solihull Community Housing

Mhfa England

We are Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England.
We are a social enterprise, a company without shareholders. We offer expert guidance and training to support mental health, in the workplace and beyond.

Birmingham Mind

We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

Birmingham Mind: Homepage

Inclusive Sports Academy Cic

At Inclusive Sports Academy CIC we aim to enhance the lives of individuals with learning disabilities, learning difficulties and children with SEN by delivering Physical activity & Wellbeing programmes along with maintaining our inclusive approach to meet their needs of our participants. We work alongside key stakeholders across the region to ensure we are maintaining best practice and are maximising the development of our participants attending the programme. We have a strong track record of creating opportunity and raising awareness of Inclusion and continue to strive to remove barriers to sport and physical activity by creating environments that our participants feel relaxed and ready to participate in. We offer a range of services and tailor the programme according to the individual or group's needs. We have developed our services to ensure each of our participants are able to gain the maximum from attending our programme.

Buddle

Your place to experience the wonders of community sport and physical activity

We provide free learning and support resources to inspire and strengthen clubs and community organisations offering sport and physical activity - and the professionals that work with them. So huddle up because we're here to be your best buddy.

Buddle

Cimspa

The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity

CIMSPA is the professional development body for the UK's sport and physical activity sector, committed to supporting, developing and enabling professionals and organisations to succeed and, as a result, inspire our nation to become more active.

Together we're developing a vibrant, UK-wide sport and physical activity sector, with the highest standards of service delivery.

Saheli Hub

Saheli Hub is an independent organisation that does things differently in the city of Birmingham! Saheli Hub's main focus is to break down stereotypes of women and participation - especially in sport and physical activity. Over the years Saheli Hub has led the way, when it comes to the engagement and support of its local communities and the women in our communities to access physical activity and participation locally.

M.a.d

The Make A Difference (M.A.D) Birmingham project is a Sport Birmingham open access youth development programme. M.A.D Birmingham works with community partners, residents, parents and schools to provide a sustainable offer that has evolved from open access youth clubs and outreach services, to a tailored sports-driven mentoring programme for young people aged 11-16

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mad+birmingham

Witton Lodge Community Association

Witton Lodge is a Community Association and Community Landlord based in Perry Common, in the North of Birmingham. Witton Lodge offer services with Jobs and Skills, deliver a wide range of Environmental Projects and promote local good health and wellbeing through our Living Well work.

Witton Lodge can help with Jobs and Skills, deliver a wide range of Environmental Projects and promote local good health and wellbeing through our Living Well work. Their group sessions are designed to help you learn and develop employability skills. Witton Lodge deliver free training and development sessions on Tuesdays and cover a wide range of topics such as:

  • Importance of CVs,
  • Interview and presentation skills,
  • Employers expectations,
  • Team working and leadership
  • Effective communication in the workplace.

If you are interested in Environmental Projects; there's lots to get involved in with Witton Lodge and their Living Well Team can help you improve your health too!

We have our very own Perry Common History Project, recording the interesting history of Perry Common and the surrounding area and if you want to volunteer, well, there lots of opportunities too.

Colebridge Trust

Colebridge Trust is registered charity and recognised as a community development trust for Solihull, in the West Midlands.

Colebridge Trust have supported people who live in one of the most deprived areas of the country since 2002. Supporting community residence in North Solihull who are often marginalised through disability health conditions and other limiting social circumstances. Colebridge Trust deliver projects that support employment and skills and health and wellbeing interventions, from the Colebridge community centre, Around Again Social Supermarkets, Assembly and Packing Social Enterprise and other outreach locations.

Nechells Pod

Nechells POD acts as a resource for the Nechells community by providing a safe and welcoming space in which residents can get together to participate in a wide range of activities and access services that empower them to lead self-determined, fulfilled lives and feel a sense of belonging to their community regardless of age, gender, race, faith or social background.

Go-Woman! Alliance Cic (Goal)

Go-Woman! Alliance CIC (GOAL) is a social enterprise working in the heart of the community on a wide range of projects.

GOAL strives to work with individuals, to provide provisions in both formal and informal learning opportunities throughout their lives, in order to foster the continuous development and improvement of the knowledge and skills needed for employment / self-employment and personal fulfilment.

Our aim is to provide holistic support to individuals who wish to become economically active through employment and/or self-employment.

We work with all ages including seniors in our community (women over the age of 55) via DOSTI (friendship) group to address mental health issues, through reducing social isolation and developing resilient communities and young people through Parent & Toddler and Bumps & Bundles groups.

GOAL specialism lies with working with disadvantaged communities, including women and young people developing and delivering range of courses including:

- English classes (Basic to Entry Level 3)
- Computer classes
- DOSTI group (seniors in our community)
- Internet Cafe
- Parent & Toddler group
- Bumps & Bundles group
- Walking group
- Exercise classes
- Arabic classes

and much more.

Cava In Solihull And Warwickshire

CAVA in Solihull and Warwickshire promotes, develops and supports a vibrant voluntary and community sector to enable local people to shape and influence their communities.

Mental Health And Wellbeing Resources

This resource pack aims to support both organisations and individual users in developing a knowledge and understanding around Mental Health. The aim of this resource is provide you with knowledge around all things mental health and wellbeing. for example; if you are working with individuals who are experiencing mental illness, how to provide support as an organisation or individual, how physical activity and sport and enhance your wellbeing and how to improve your mental wellness, to name a few.

Pat Benson Boxing Academy

Pat Benson Boxing Academy is more than just a boxing club. Our community and education projects have a positive social impact, utilising the power of sport for positive change.

Get Grants

Get Grants provides practical support in the form of training, information, and advice that fundraisers with all levels of experience can take away and put into practice.

We share our insights and experience from inside the world of grant funding, setting you on the right path and arming you with the information you need to make the best use of your time and energy spent fundraising.

Whether you are a charity, community group, sports club, or school, Get Grants can help you increase your grant fundraising success.

Activity Alliance

Activity Alliance is the leading voice for disabled people in sport and activity. Established in 1998 as a national charity, we were previously known as the English Federation of Disability Sport.

https://www.activityalliance.org.uk/

Life Skills Created With Barclays

How LifeSkills can support you

Are you ready to think about the areas you might like to develop in further? Spin the Wheel of Strengths and reflect on not only your skills, but your interests and personality traits, and how to develop them further to support your future.

Below you'll find just a few of the interactive tools, films and activities available for you to use from age 14+, right now on your own, with family, or other support.

Sports Key

Sports Key is a Birmingham based not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC), which exists to improve the wellbeing, cohesion and life opportunities of the community but in particular those from low socio-economic backgrounds. We utilise physical activity as the tool to build the health, skills and cohesion of the local community; endeavouring to support our community in their development using physical activity and culture as a vehicle for improved health and connectivity.

More Than A Dream

Looking at current issues affecting young people in our community we have developed a sport, training and educational package to act as a solution or aid to these current problems. Our aims are to develop young people enhancing there

educational and physical skills offering exceptional career development and invaluable opportunity whilst building their character to be an asset to society.

Our programme is aimed at young people between the ages of 15-25 not in education, NEET, those not in employment, vulnerable young people known to government statutory bodies affected by gang crime and other issues affecting our young people in inner city Birmingham, also those in pupil referral units and excluded from school.

Eco Birmingham

EcoBirmingham exist to affect that social change and the transition towards a low-carbon and sustainable lifestyle. By inspiring and supporting communities and organisations across Birmingham to take positive action, we will demonstrate that building low carbon communities brings benefits, opportunities and well-being to everyone, whilst protecting our environment.

Matt Hillman Tennis

MattHillmanTennis runs Tennis coaching programmes at three tennis clubs in Birmingham which focus on inclusive grassroots tennis for all. Matt is a self employed Level 3 LTA tennis coach.

Ki Taekwondo

We are a 'not-for-profit' taekwondo club operating in Birmingham, delivering martial arts sessions for 4-16 year olds. The club is part of the Ki Taekwondo Association based in Stockport but also including the University of Birmingham Taekwondo Club.

Our aim is to engage young people in structured, meaningful martial arts sessions that are engaging, fun and teach courtesy, respect and self-control.

Midland Mencap

Midland Mencap is a charity which works and campaigns for accessible and inclusive services and a better quality of life for everyone with experience of learning disabilities and additional needs.

Harts Community Adventure Cic

Who Are We

Harts Community Adventure Cic are a 'not for profit' organisation that was formed during the lockdown pandemic. We are a small group of family and friends who are passionate about bringing people in the community together and hope to encourage as many people as possible - old and new - back out into the community spaces we have.

Simply put - We want to encourage people to reconnect and spend more time outdoors!

Out there in the outdoors you can focus on yourself and work on your own positive mental health and well being!

You can also meet new friends and learn some new skills along the way as well.

Diamond Academy

Diamond Academy has grown from a weekend kick about to structured club with training delivered by FA Level 2 Coaches, and teams competing in the Midlands Junior Premier League (MJPL) and the Walsall Junior Youth League.

With children and young people participating from ages 6 – 18, Diamond Academy Sports CIC, is the expansion to providing the same opportunities in other sports, as Diamond Academy FC is enhanced with educational options, leading to employment opportunities.

Diamond Academy can also support and provide opportunities for adults still interested in playing sports like football recreationally, for physical fitness and for the goal of a football career.

The Dolphin Centre

The Dolphin Women's Centre is based by the lake in Ward End Park, in the Wash-wood Heath area of East Birmingham. An area with a rich diversity of cultures but which faces a significant number of social and economic challenges. Our services are designed to support women to overcome challenges and access a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

The Dolphin Centre is the heart of this area. Providing education, training, employment and health and wellbeing support to women in the local community.

Community Enterprise Growth Cic

Empowering and supporting the needs of individuals across all communities. Providing a better understanding of health, well being, education and employment.

Goal - Driven

Goal - Driven CIC.

Our mission is to educate, inspire, and connect people from all backgrounds, providing them with valuable tools for life and guiding them on the right path to brighter and more positive futures. Working with clients through challenging life circumstances by delivering life coaching, engaging sports activities, educational presentations, and recreational workshops.

Billesley Ark Volunteers Cic

We share Malachi's vision for improving life for our community. We do this by helping families get involved in events and activities to encourage young ages to spend more time outside the home.

Billesley Ark: Community Centre

Street Games

Street Games are a National Charity working to support community organisations using sport to achieve social impact

Birmingham City Community Trust

We are a charity who use the power and passion of sport to provide opportunities and experiences for our local people with an aim of inspiring , educating and making a difference.

Birmingham City Community Foundation

Fox Hollies Community Association Cio

The Association provides vital services to residents based around social, educational, and wellbeing programmes. We cater for all ages from pre-school age, through to senior citizens with a thriving children and youth programme.

Fitcap

We use physical activity to engage with children and young people in Solihull and Birmingham.

Get active, feel great.

Sport & physical activity sessions for the community ran by the community. Join our weekly sessions of your favourite activities or sign up for activity packed programmes with FITCAP.

Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club

Athletics club based in Sutton Coldfield. We have over 300 members from age 9 upwards

Kinmos

Kinmos are community-based charity supporting people with lived experience of mental health become the best person they can be. We offer services from community-based activities, social connection enabling, early intervention strategy, and much more.

The Albion Foundation

Charitable arm of West Bromwich Albion Football Club

The Albion Foundation is the official charity partner of West Bromwich Albion Football Club. Our vision is to create a Proud Albion Family, Engaged, Inspired & Achieving its Potential.

We use the power of football to deliver excellence in Wellbeing, Behaviour Change and Active Lifestyles.

We Care About Making A Difference

Street Futures

We are a community organisation run by individuals who are aged 16-30, born and bred in the inner city areas of Birmingham. Our staff have the passion to ensure each and every kid achieves their potential. Using sport as a mechanism we aim to support them.

Find out more about us HERE

Hands Of Infinity

Embracing the community and giving young people a voice to make a better change

Hands of infinity is a CIC founded on 13th of October 2021 with a goal to becoming amongst the leaders in a sustainable network of organisations that provide support, guidance and healthy activities to all that are disadvantaged through inequality providing a space, resources and skills to become the architects of their own destiny.

We want to change this narrative and we can do this by working together as organisations that want to make that change

We know that sports is a big part of our life's whether it be watching or being part of it staying healthy and just overall enjoying the social aspect it brings when coming together as a group and being part of something bigger.

OUR AIM

our aim is to focus on bridging gaps in the community and bring people together to make better and stronger communities.

We know in ourselves how passionate we are on delivering projects and how we can change and make a positive impact on the life's of the youth, families and the community.

Our mission is to continue recognising and celebrating ( in the form of awards, certificates etc) talent, vibrancy and the energy that the youth bring. We aim to champion the much important legacy that we envisage having an impact on those most at need, to create more opportunities for disadvantaged communities, particularly young people.

What is our USP

Our USP is that we have lived experiences, values and honesty and a commitment in helping others'

Spark Active

We are a not-for-profit organisation. We believe that PE and Sport can change lives by not only improving physical and mental wellbeing but by developing social and personal skills essential to succeeding in future life.

Find out more about what we offer HERE

Birmingham Community Matters

Birmingham Community Matters (BCM)

Everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to teach

When setting up, running or growing a small community group, we know it can be hard to find the information you need. BCM is a charity, started in 2016, which helps to overcome this problem for groups across Birmingham.

At our events and one-to-one sessions, you can work through questions with people who have lots of experience (our volunteer 'BCM helpers').

Maybe you want to explore the best structure for your group? Or find effective ways to secure funding, recruit volunteers or develop policies? Perhaps you have a vision for a brilliant community activity, and need support to get started?

By listening to your ideas and challenges, and coming up with simple next steps with you, BCM can boost the success of your Birmingham group.

BCM helpers always discover something new too. That's why we call BCM a 'peer learning network' and have the motto: Everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to teach.

Sported

We are the UK's largest network of community groups supporting half a million young people to overcome barriers to reach their full potential.

The 2,900 groups which Sported supports are deeply rooted within their communities and led by highly committed, passionate local people who often give up their time voluntarily to run initiatives that help young people from their community to succeed.

However, grassroots groups are often under-funded and under-resourced.

Our role is to empower the local heroes running these groups by providing much-needed professional expertise, resources and operational support, free of charge, to help their group survive and thrive.

Find out more about what we do HERE

Bvsc - Community Champions

BVSC: Community Champions

There are many individuals doing great work to address issues, increase awareness and bring about changes for the better of communities and society at large. In doing so they are often building great skills and experience. However, there are those who are less experienced and would benefit from some training that would help them in leading change and championing a cause. On the other hand, you may simply want to refresh your skills and share your experiences with other like-minded individuals doing similar work.

If this is you, BVSC will be running a training programme for the VCFSE sector that in the New Year.

BVSC is supporting Birmingham City Council to develop the role of champions and their community connections.

Training will help community leaders to:

  • Increase capability to interact and communicate information and guidance that is accessible to diverse communities
  • Build stronger relationships and engagement between communities, groups and the local authorities
  • Encourage more mutual aid

The Training Programme will be aimed at:

  • Community leaders across Birmingham
  • Diverse participants in terms of age, ethnicity and cultural background, and socioeconomic demographics
  • Existing Bolder Healthier Champions, as well as other key community members who would benefit from the training.
  • Wards within Birmingham that require greater involvement of community leaders.
  • Existing champions willing to transition to becoming community connectors, helping to reduce health inequalities that exist throughout Birmingham.

Learn My Way

Learn My Way is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.

Reed Couses

Reed offers a vast selection of high-quality courses to provide you with the right learning opportunities

Skills To Succeed Academy

Brought to you by Accenture.

Skills to Succeed Academy can help you plan your career, get a job and build skills for the future with this free and interactive training.

Created specifically to meet the needs of job seekers, Skills to Succeed Academy offers 36 bite-sized, interactive modules. Jobseekers will be guided on the entire journey, from choosing the right career and finding a job to achieving success in the workplace.

The training is interactive and features engaging and relatable characters. It focuses on building the skills and confidence to empower jobseekers to take ownership of their job search. Innovative simulations provide a safe environment where learners can practice real-life scenarios, such as job interviews, and instantly see the impact of their decisions.

Empowr-U Cic

Empowr-U started in March 2018 and began working to transform young people's lives with outreach projects in areas such as Spon End, Stoke Aldermoor, Manor farm, Tile Hill, Canley and more.

We also worked in collaboration with Coventry Boys and Girls Club to transform it into a modern and exciting organisation in the city centre of Coventry, which now serves hundreds of young people from various parts of Coventry.

Strike9

Strike9 CIC is a not-for-profit organisation providing multisport training sessions for young people (aged 5-24 years) across the West Midlands, with a particular focus on children from under-represented groups such as disabled children, BAME, NEET, and youth who are at risk of entering the criminal justice system.

We believe that physical health through a variety of sports can give youth the start they need in life to help choose a healthy happy life. The organisation was set up by Dele Adebola (former professional footballer), in 2016 as a limited Company, and became a CIC in 2019, Strike9 Training runs sessions within term time throughout the week, as well as HAF Programs during each holiday period throughout the year.

Sporting Elite

Sporting Elite CIC was formed in 2015 with the vision of supporting the Birmingham Community using the power of sport in a fun, inclusive, positive and professional environment. We aim to deliver age appropriate activities that help participants to be confident in all aspects of sport and life, as well as understanding the health benefits of an active lifestyle.

Our team of coaches want to help the next generation the same way sport has helped them and develop their skills in their chosen sport, our mentors are using their knowledge and understanding to support young people off the field to live a positive lifestyle and our youth workers are supporting families and young people through a range of activities from youth clubs to community foodbanks.

Open House Youth Cic

Open House Youth CiC are Committed to enriching the lives of young people & their families

We are a not for profit organisation with over 25 years' experience in mentoring, mental health & working in the community.

We provide youth clubs, well-being workshops, allotment sessions, mentoring, sports and activities whilst providing a safe environment for young people to socialise, make friends and develop valuable life skills.

Things can seem uncertain at times. We are here with support and positivity to help young people and their families get through anything life brings and seek the best opportunities for the future. Our door is open to all and we can't wait to meet you!

Acocks Green Boxing

boxing and fitness centre

Volunteers Collective

Commonwealth Collective

The platform is currently open to former Birmingham 2022 volunteers, and they can use the platform to sign up and hear about volunteering opportunities from one-off events to regular volunteering openings within their community, Birmingham, and the West Midlands.
Whether it's volunteering within sports, arts, culture, community, local charities, or something entirely different this is your chance to be a part of Birmingham's 2022 legacy!

Community Games

The Community Games are a series of sporting events run across the West Midlands and South Staffordshire.

We bring together families and local sports clubs in a friendly community setting, to create opportunities for families to try different sporting activities regardless of age or ability. The aim is for both children and their parents to be able to experience clubs and sporting activities that are on offer in their local area; all in a safe, fun and friendly environment.

At each event both adults and children can collect stickers for trying different activities which earns them their very own medal to take away with them. Buddy, our Community Games mascot, is also on hand to make the day as fun as possible.

The aim of each day is simple – to bring a community together to get active, have fun and be inspired!!

Community Games events are supported by our group of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers give up their time make sure the day is as enjoyable as possible. From setting up the event, welcoming visitors, taking part in activities and handing out medals – our volunteers are there to ensure you are able to soak up every second of fun on the day.

If your interested in volunteering contact laurieanne@inspireactivity.co.uk

Canal And River Trust

A  network  of more than  2,000 miles of stunning canals and rivers runs through our landscapes. From our countryside to our bustling cities, canals are a place for everyone to connect with nature and our past.

However you use them, we all deserve open spaces where we can feel happier and healthier, and where wildlife can thrive. But the future of canals and the habitat they support is threatened by changing temperatures, unpredictable rainfall and the tests of time.

Together, we can make sure they continue to be here for tomorrow and beyond. Join us and let's #KeepCanalsAlive.

With the help of our growing community of supporters and volunteers, we've come a long way since we became a charity in 2012.

Follow this link if you're interested in volunteering https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteer

Skills To Go

Helping people to develop skills for a changing world

'Skills to Go' by Google.

Digital skills have fast become essential everyday skills. Time and time again, we have seen them enabling people to unlock new potential and be more resilient. That's why Google is committed to helping people grow their digital skills, careers, or businesses using technology.

Since 2015, Google has helped train 800,000 people across the UK, working with governments and industry experts to develop tools and training tailored to the needs of local communities. We believe that by working together we can help our communities prepare for the future, adapt to changing landscapes and build stronger digital economies.

Learn at a time that works for you

If you'd like to upskill in your downtime, Google can help. Get free training for your career or business. You can learn during your commute, on your lunchbreak, over a cuppa, or any time in between.

National Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Children (Nspcc)

The NSPCC is the UK's leading children's charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover.

Our services support children and families throughout the country. We provide therapeutic services to help children move on from abuse, as well as supporting parents and families in caring for their children.

Safeguarding children and child protection

All organisations that work with or come into contact with children should have safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, has a right to equal protection from harm.

Setting up and following good safeguarding policies and procedures means children are safe from adults and other children who might pose a risk. This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports clubs.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children's health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

Nimble Elearning

Nimble offer a range of professional and engaging eLearning courses.

Future Learn

Progress your way with Future Learn

Fuel your professional progression with tailored learning to help you take each step towards your future.

Volunteer It Yourself (Viy)

We help young people do #SomethingConstriuctive, challenging them to learn trade and employability skills by helping to fix local community spaces and places in need of essential repairs and improvements.

How does it work?

Volunteering with VIY is like a free work experience opportunity.

It's pretty simple – young people volunteer on a VIY project, where we're renovating a vital community space in need of maintenance or improvement. They're mentored and supported to work alongside professional tradespeople to complete the project as a team on site, as well as developing key life skills together.

They also have the opportunity to gain City & Guilds Entry Level 3 accreditations in skills like carpentry, painting & decorating, health & safety, tiling and brickwork.

We generally work with young people aged 14-24 (some age ranges may vary per programme), who may be NEET (not in education, employment or training), or deemed at risk of becoming so, including young people with special educational needs and/or a disability.

Why volunteer with VIY?

As well as boosting young people's skills, all through free volunteering opportunities, we're also passionate about the power of volunteering at any age. Volunteering on a local project, from just one day, to multiple days/weeks, in your community can help to:

  • Build better places and spaces to help local people and communities thrive
  • Share skills and experience with young people looking for positive next steps in their lives
  • Boost your health and wellbeing (volunteering is proven to bring a whole load of benefits)
  • Build on your own skills (and maybe learn new ones!)
  • Meet and have a great time with new people and in new places

Volunteer with us

Click this LINK to go to the VIY volunteer registration form, to demonstrate your employability skills all whilst gaining trade specific skills. You can also find us on the 'Volunteering and Paid Work' tab on Skills 360.

We also encourage adults from the community we're supporting to volunteer their time with us – you may be a parent of a VIY learner, a member/volunteer of the community space we're renovating or simply looking for volunteering opportunities in your area.

Mental Health Champions

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Research shows that being active improves our mental health and reduces our risk of developing depression by up to 30%, as well as playing a big role in supporting mental health recovery.

Over the past 2 years Sport Birmingham have been working closely with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust and our evaluation partner, Newman University to deliver Moving Lives Healthy Minds, a social recovery project for over 25's, diagnosed with Severe/Enduring ill mental health. Initial findings from the evaluation show the positive impact that participation in physical activity within a community setting has on service users confidence and social skills, as well as providing a sense of achievement and feeling of acceptance and normality within a group setting.

With our partners, Birmingham Mind, Sported, Living Well Consortium, Places Leisure, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust and Aston Villa Foundation we are launching the Mental Health Champion Programme:

  • To help raise awareness of Mental Health across Clubs/Organisations in the City.
  • Support clubs/organisations to increase their knowledge, understanding and confidence in having positive conversations around Mental Health.
  • Support referrals from professional organisations into local sport and physical activity opportunities and provide clubs/organisations with the knowledge to refer into professional services if required.
  • Advocate the benefits of Sport and Physical Activity for maintaining and improving mental health.

What is a Community Mental Health Champion?

An individual who actively promotes and is an advocate for the benefits of sport and physical activity for maintaining and improving mental health in our local communities.

Birmingham School Games - Volunteers

This Group is for our amazing volunteers, supporting the Birmingham School Games.

Here we have a community made of of people from the volunteers collective, sharing all the wins from the Birmingham School Games events across the academic years. Our volunteers embody the essence of the events and are key to supporting the young people participating to have great experiences. As well as being advocates for employability skills and role models to the next generations of young leaders.

Birmingham School Games is part of the national School Games which is a government led programme designed to inspire young people to be physically active for life through positive experiences of daily activity and competition. The School Games is funded by Sport England National Lottery funding.

Check out the School Games Handbook HERE

Careers-In-Sport

Careers in Sport is the go-to organisation for young people embarking upon their sporting career.

Our 175,000 unique visitors annually and growing, contains a number of key elements:-

Careers – with the help of organisations such as the Premier League, the Football Association, Rugby Football Union, English Cricket Board, Radio 5 LIVE, Youth Sport Trust, UK Sport and many more leading sports organisations our Career profiles provide an overview of the diverse careers available and the experience and qualifications required.

Leading professionals provide the inspiration a young person might need with regard to which type of sporting job/career they would really like to pursue.

Jobs – a comprehensive round-up of the latest job opportunities in the sporting and health/fitness worlds.

Universities – our detailed and unique directory highlights the Universities who offer undergraduate and postgraduate sports degree courses.

University & School and College Events – Careers in Sport have successfully run almost 30 live events at colleges and Universities all over the UK, providing information and inspiration for young people seeking a rewarding and fulfilling career in sport. The day includes inspiring talks and presentations from leading sports and fitness professionals plus practical taster sessions from professional sports clubs and National Governing Bodies of sport.

Additionally, you can learn all about how to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle in the Health and Fitness Zone, while in the Sport Zone there are hands-on opportunities to look at learning a new sport that you might not have considered before.

The Careers in Sport staff all share a passion for helping young people to embark on their own sporting career path, and ultimately get their dream job! We pride ourselves on having a personal approach and any of the key team members below would be delighted to hear from you if you wish to discuss your particular needs.

Sports Work

SportsWork is an aggregator of career opportunities throughout the world of sport.
A one-stop shop for people working in sport, or who want to work in sport.

The Well Hq

We're Baz, Bella and Emma – the coach, the GP and the scientist. Independently, all three of us have worked with women for decades – training athletes, teaching body literacy and trying to smash the taboos that block progress. Serendipity brought us together in 2018 and we joined forces.

Puberty and menopause, biology and psychology – data and research on how women work and function are largely missing from the health and fitness disciplines. As a result, societal understanding isn't where it needs to be. It's a situation we need to rectify. Yesterday.

The Well is built on cutting-edge science, expertise and experience. Through community, resources and support for women and those who work closely with women, we can bridge the knowledge gap. We can become the architects of our own health, happiness and performance.

Find out more about what we do HERE

Retrain To Retain

he ReTrain to ReTain programme was a £5 million job retention and support package that ran from November 2021 through to March 2023.

The programme was funded by Sport England through the National Lottery and delivered by CIMSPA alongside a consortium of partners including UK Coaching and EMD UK.

It was designed to support up to 25,000 sports and fitness coaches who have had to find work outside the sector during the coronavirus pandemic, prioritising those living and working in areas of economic deprivation or supporting under-represented groups. 

Access Sport

- Who We Are:

Access Sport is a national charity formed in 2004.

We believe that no one should be excluded from the transformational benefits of community sport. The benefits we focus on are:

  • Physical and mental health and well-being
  • Personal development (including life skills/ prospects)
  • Sense of belonging
  • Community engagement.

https://www.accesssport.org.uk/

- What We Do

We train, equip and support community sports clubs, organisations and volunteers to provide inclusive programmes, unleashing their potential to transform the lives of underserved young people in their local communities.

This work is either place based (Changing Places) or sport focussed (Changing Sports). All the clubs we support are invited to join our Inclusive Club Network.

We then use the expertise gained through this work to effect system wide change.

Digital Unite

Digital Unite are an award-winning social enterprise. We've worked with hundreds of organisations that have supported thousands of people to achieve digital inclusion and enable change.

When Emma Weston set up the company in the 1990s, the internet was only available on dial-up and "digital exclusion" was a niche problem thought only to affect the elderly who hadn't grown up with the technology. Over the decades, we've seen it become more crucial and complex, as our society increasingly becomes "digital first" and more people are at risk of being left behind by this transformation.

Working to end the digital divide

We bring:

  • Experience: we've spent more than 25 years in digital inclusion. From big picture theories to small, practical solutions, we know this area through and through.
  • Expertise: we've spent decades honing and refining what makes Digital Champions programmes succeed. We know our products deliver, how to tailor them to fit your needs and how to support you to make your project happen.
  • Innovation: we're always looking at how to build on what we do, from the sectors we work with, to the way we deliver. If your project doesn't fit our current models, get in touch and we'll see if we can work together to create something that does.
  • Commitment: we want your project to succeed, and we'll do whatever we can to make that happen, in a friendly and collaborative way.

About Digital Champion Programmes

Our training is based on a model that helps your staff or volunteers learn how to help others.

How does it work?

It's hard to generalise as the programme is so adaptable. But in general:

  • We train people in your organisation to become Digital Champions.
  • They get the confidence, skills and resources they need to teach digital skills.
  • The Champions then help other people to learn digital skills, so they can thrive in a digital world.

We don't train your end learners. We train your Champions. And each one can go onto help hundreds of other people.

Birmingham Children's Trust

Who we are

Birmingham Children's Trust exists to make a positive difference for children, young people and families in the city.

We used to be called Children's Services and be run by Birmingham City Council. For a long time Birmingham needed to do much more to support disadvantaged children and young people in the city and make sure they were safe.

We have made many important improvements – listening to and learning from others, improving our social work practice and supporting our staff to do their jobs well. We became a Children's Trust in April 2018 to help us accelerate these changes.

We were last inspected by Ofsted in 2023. In April 2023 we were recognised by Ofsted as 'Good' (see news release here).

Our Trust is owned by, but independent from, Birmingham City Council.

Our success will mean:

  • healthy, happy, resilient children living in families.
  • families able to make positive changes.
  • children able to attend, learn and achieve at school.
  • young people ready for and contributing to adult life.
  • children and young people safe from harm.

What we do

We work with more than 10,000 children and young people in our city every day. It is our job to work with the most disadvantaged children and young people of Birmingham and keep them safe, happy and healthy.

We work with care and compassion to listen to what they need and involve them in the decisions that affect them. We focus on the strengths that exist in every family and use them to bring about positive change. We understand, too, that everyone's needs are different. So we structure our services in a way that means we can adapt to what's right for every person.

We only spend money where it counts. And we do all we can to encourage schools, health professionals and the police to work together.

When we work as one team in our city, young people are most likely to thrive.