Managed by the Community Development Foundation Supported by HM Government’s Office for Civil Society, Community First is an England-wide programme which has run for nearly 4 years. Two funds of money, worth £80m, have been created to help communities come together, become more resilient, and make their local area a better place to live. The funding comes to an end in March 2015


Each eligible Birmingham Ward had the opportunity to apply for this community funding scheme. Each ward had a Community First Panel, made up of 4 to 8 local people who would represent their community to produce a Community First Plan and to recommend local projects/activities for funding. Panel members were all volunteers and no individual received any financial advantage for their work.

It was also necessary to identify and work with a Panel Partner, who were able to offer support and advice to the panel and ensure that all was fully accountable and transparent in carrying out their responsibilities. Acocks Green Ward Panel received excellent support throughout this period from the Birmingham based Chamberlain Forum who were also a member of the panel. The Acocks Green Community First Panel was ably chaired and administered by Jon Morris of Fox Hollies Neighbourhood Forum with support from the Chamberlain Forum and panel members. They were collectively responsible and facilitated near £90,000 funding being made available for local community organisations over the 4 years. The Neighbourhood Forum are very grateful to the team of volunteers involved for this valued and much-appreciated work, on behalf of the community of Acocks Green.  To give you an example of some of the organisations that received support from the Community First funding, here are just a few of the beneficiaries:

  • Friends Community Centre
  • Fox Hollies Skills Club
  • Acocks Green Carnival
  • Sport 4 Life
  • House of Play and Education
  • ReCom
  • Churches Together Acocks Green
  • Jericho Job Club
  • Westley Vale Millennium Green
  • Acocks Green Focus Group
  • 219th Birmingham Scout Group
  • C de Vision
  • Gospel Oak Community Centre
  • Acocks Green Village in Bloom
  • From Zero to Hero Steering Group

Many of our local organisations, working with dedication and passion for the local community, rely upon external funding such as Community First. The fairness and management of the allocation of these funds is an essential part of the process. The community groups have subsequently benefitted many people. As representatives of Acocks Green, once again we say a Big Thank You!

Arts in the Yard (Yardley Arts Forum) and Blakesley Hall are working in partnership to offer a free arts weekend at Blakesley Hall in Yardley. It has been kindly funded by South Yardley Community First, through the Community Development Foundation.

Blakesely Hall   photo: Birmingham Heritage Forum

Blakesley Hall           photo: Birmingham Heritage Forum

It will include music workshops, drawing and painting, dance performances, storytelling, craft activities, group sculputre a treasure hunt and art gallery

It runs on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March from 12 til 4pm. It is easily accessible by no.11 bus, about 2 miles walk from Acocks Green.

For further information you can contact Blakesley Hall on 0121 464 2193

Grants of £250 to £2500 are available for community groups and not-for-profit organisations who want to make a real difference in Acocks Green.

Westley Vale Millennium Green in Spring

Are you interested in starting a project that will do any of the following?

  • Improve the environment of a local park, green space of public realm
  • Improve the range of positive activities for young people
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of residents of the Acocks Green Ward
  • Bring different communities within the Ward together
  • Help local people gain employment

If you have something in mind, apply as soon as you can.

The application form and everything you need to know is on the Community First website:




For all the information you need please click on the link.


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