My Guides for Birmingham

Eleanor Stephens from the Guide Dogs charity has been in touch with us. The charity are looking for volunteers (over 18yrs), in our area as ‘My Guides’  As Eleanor says about the role:

a rewarding and flexible volunteering role – even giving a couple of hours once a fortnight can make all the difference, particularly if someone has just lost their sight! No previous experience is necessary and full accredited training is provided.

My Guide

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Watering Duties

Village in Bloom Team have been working hard to keep planters alive around the village in this exceptionally hot and dry weather. They have worked out a watering system with the use of a large water tank on wheels to pull through the village.


George with the Village in Bloom’s Watering tank.

In this continued hot weather think about the planters and trees in your neighbourhood. If you have a tree on a grass verge by you, especially a young tree, give it some water. Most have a pipe in the ground that you can see from the surface this goes down to the roots. You might help keep it alive and help keep Acocks Green Green!

You can read a lot more about the work of Acocks Green Village in Bloom on their page on this site Village in Bloom

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Summer Reading Challenge at the Library

Kids – what a great way to enjoy the free time of school holidays than to lose yourself in a book – whether you like great stories or facts and figures, the choice is yours – the Challenge – to read 6 books over the holidays. Are you up for it? Call in at Acocks Green or South Yardley Library to join in. All the info is HERE




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Summer Activities for Young People and Children in AG

Thanks to the Acocks Green Youth Project for this very useful document showing all the great things to occupy local young people and children during the summer holidays. The activities are helpfully grouped in age order. Check out the links to Facebook, instagram and Twitter too, so you can find out updates.

4 to 1211 to 1813 to 18

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Help Local Children with their Reading

Everyone knows how important reading and writing is, if children have difficulties with these basic skills, without extra support their futures can look bleak.  But all around the country volunteers are helping children overcome their struggles and setting them on a path to a successful life. What a difference the Beanstalk Volunteers can make to young lives! If you feel inspired to help children with their reading and have some spare time Beanstalk are looking for people to help out in a primary school in nearby Hall Green.

Prospective volunteers would need to give 3 hours of their time each week, split over two afternoon visits to school to support 3 children with reading. Beanstalk requires a 12 month commitment. Training will be given and a DBS would be arranged.

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Bike Haul !

Thanks to all the volunteers who came out on this blistering morning to help clean up our adopted waterway with the support Canals and Rivers Trust.  It was actually nice and shady on the water’s edge. As well as the usual litter-picking the towpath and floating rubbish on water, the guys got the grappling hooks out and in a short space of time had pulled out 8 dumped pushbikes, 3 shopping trolleys and a motor scooter!

Canals and Rivers Trust sent a truck over to take away all the old bikes and trolleys, the metal will be recycled.

We painted the canal signage on Lincoln Road and swept and tidied the access steps.  The local police turned up by chance and took the motorcycle off to their compound to check it out to see if they could locate the owner.

A good and rewarding morning’s work. If you would like to help next time just get in touch to go on the mailing list.

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Acocks Green Foodbank Call Out

This is a message from our friends at Acocks Green Foodbank

“During the last two months the local Acocks Green Foodbank helped over 200 people, in some desperate situations from single men who are homeless with no income at all, to families with unexpected bills to pay and growing debts.  Every person leaves with at least one bag of shopping and many with several.  This month we will have been working for two years with an amazing team of volunteers and heard countless stories of hunger and desperate need.  We are determined to see an end to hunger and poverty in Acocks Green. foodbank2


The closing of Sainsbury’s in the Green after Easter has made a serious dent in our stocks and ability to provide the kind of help we would like to provide. We are calling on everyone who has previously helped and anyone in the local area to donate whatever they can afford to help us to keep helping others.You can help in a few ways:

  • Donate food and bring in to the Acocks Green Christian Centre, Rear of 100 Westley Road, Acocks Green, B27 7UL on a Tuesday or Friday 10-12pm.  As much as you can spare.  If you can’t deliver it, please think about making an order online and ask a supermarket to deliver it!  Any dried or tinned goods are more than welcome.
  • Pop in to Iceland in the Green and add a few items to the collection basket in there.
  • Pop in to Westley Road and donate money if you don’t have time to shop.  Every penny will be used for Foodbank.  The church does not charge the foodbank for operating in its premises.
  • If you are a community group, you can collect food for us and deliver it once a fortnight or perhaps hold a fundraising event.  We are more than happy to connect with you and provide feedback about the difference you are making.   We desperately need people willing to partner with a shop or school and deliver food to us when you’re free.  All you need is a car and half an hour.
  • We’re always on the lookout for volunteers who can commit to attending one day a week for 2.5 hours.  Training will be given and the team is great!

We really do rely on the generosity of the local community to help us to keep going.  Please help support your local foodbank.”

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