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Contents Welcome from the Chairman and Chief Executive

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Our Staff and Volunteers

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About Community Foundation

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Key Services and Activities

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Education Training and Employment Rainbows Day Nursery Job Club Creative English Course Deen Summer Academy Apprenticeship Programme Community Work Programme Organisational Development Training

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Youth and Community Services Community Inspiration Awards Youth Connections Youth Residential Girls Youth Club Commonwealth MP’s Delegation to Birmingham Community Economic Development (CED)

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Community Reissuance and Wellbeing Sahara Womens Refuge Community Warden Scheme Pride in our Neighbourhood Campaign Community Question Time Canal Adoption Scheme Suited and Booted

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Funders and Sponsors

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Charity Information

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Welcome from Chairman And Chief Executive It has been yet another busy year for us, with a number of new projects being introduced into our core services. Staff and volunteers have demonstrated real innovation and dedication in designing and putting the new projects together. We have also revamped our website making it easy for visitors to see at a glance our key projects, and access further info from the home page. We are pleased to present this year’s report to our members, volunteers and partners, detailing the work carried out by the organisation. In particular we want to highlight here four new major projects that we started this year, which have now become integral to the organisation. The first of these projects is the Community Work Programme. We secured a contract with Seetec to support people who have been out of work for a long period. We created a number of new projects to provide a meaningful placement for these people, who were with us for 21 hours per week for 6 months. The projects included the Community Wardens programme and the Handy Person Scheme. Those with office work skills or experience in Early Years were given opportunity to further develop their admin/nursery skills. During this year we supported over 400 people with a work placement. Our next major new project for the year was the Community Economic Development (CED) programme. We were one of the 50 organisation nationally selected by the Department of Communities and Local Government to lead a pilot project to support local people and service providers to look at alternative ways of reshaping their economies for the benefit of local communities, through the creation of a community economic development plan for the area. We also established Rainbow Day Nursery, a not for profit fulltime early years provision for children aged 2-4 years old. We received our OFSTED registration in August 2015 and opened in September 2015. Since opening we have enrolled 30 children providing them full-time free nursery places. The nursery has been well attended and feedback from parents is very positive. Youth Connections, which was launched previously, really took off in 2015. Youth Connections is a platform for young people to work together with other young people from across Europe and surrounding countries to discuss issues of common interest, share experiences and learn from each other and come up with thoughts and ideas to better respond to them.We organised two international youth exchanges with young people participating from across UK and took part in international training programme with a number of other European countries.

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We are very proud to maintain our tradition of adding new projects and services to our existing ones year on year to better respond to the needs of the community. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our generous funders and partners for their support this year. Finally, we would like to thank our staff, trainees, our excellent volunteers and the trustees, without whom none of our set targets could have been achieved. For this reason, we are truly grateful to have the pleasure of working with such a diverse range of individuals who all share one thing in common; their commitment to our aspiration to support the community to help themselves.

Bashir Ahmed MBE Chairman

Nozmul Hussain Chief Executive

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Community Foundation has a unique staffing arrangement. Most of our admin and project staff consists of people who have been out of work for a long time or have not been able to secure a job due to limited experience of work. Through various funding streams we are able to offer short term 6 months to 12 months contracts to those that meet the eligibility criteria. We support all our staff with monthly development training to enhance their confidence, skills and knowledge to better undertake their job roles. Our staff come from diverse backgrounds and there is a real mixture of ethnicity, age, ability and gender. People on work placement go through an intensive on the job training to quickly learn essential work skills to successful carry out their tasks. Quality time is given by the chief executive on a 1-1 basis regularly to all staff to support and motivate them to lead and deliver their projects successfully. We seek to instill a sense of ownership and ‘can do’ attitude in our staff and giving them the platform and encouragement for them to reach their full potential. This approach has received a lot of positive feedback from all the past and present staff who go on to do new and varied work, which without the opportunity at Community Foundation they would not have realised. Community Foundation’s volunteers are major contributors to our projects and services, without whom we would struggle to carry out the range of services we provide. This year, great strides were made to optimise the recruitment processes and volunteer development programme to better match their interest with our projects. As part of this process, a new volunteer agreement has been introduced that outlines the expectations we have of our volunteers and what they can expect from us in return. Our volunteers have helped us in numerous events and projects throughout this year. These include the Community Inspiration Awards, Pride in our Neighborhood Campaigns, Community Wardens Scheme and our summer scheme, to name a few. As in previous years we also have offered work experience opportunities to school children. This year we have had students from Holte School, George Dixon Academy, Washward Heath Academy and Holly Lodge Foundation High School College of Science. We also had one trainee who was on the traineeship programme with Protocol Group.

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Community Foundations mission is to improve the quality of life of hard to reach and marginalised communities living in areas of multiple deprivations. We do this by setting up creating new projects to develop communities to help themselves. The concept of helping others to help themselves is an ancient notion; Community Foundations core philosophy from the Chinese proverb: ‘Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.’


Develop projects and services to address underlining issues of social exclusion, crime, homelessness, health OUR VALUES inequality, unemployment and educational under achievement. Community Foundation management, staff and volunteers are all united by a common set of values. Encourage civic participation and engagement of marginalised communities. Build capacity of individuals and organisations to help them improve themselves, their organisation and their community.

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Community Outreach: We engage with our communities, meaning we do not work in isolation. We practice our problem-solving abilities, share our knowledge, and give our time and resources to make concrete, positive contributions to our communities. Empowerment: Choose to empower while resourceful. Instead of simply providing resources, our work focuses on developing an individual’s capacity and confidence. Cooperation & Partnership: We value the opportunity to work together with a common purpose so that we can work towards a common goal. We recognize and value the strengths and expertise of others and seek to work with a diverse range of people to improve quality of life for everyone in the community. Achievement: We value and recognise that when people accomplish something, they have set out to do so through their skills, practice, perseverance or exertion. We value making a tangible difference to our community whilst ensuring that we complete what we set out to do. Creativity: We value dreaming of what is possible. We look for innovative and different ways to do our work more efficiently whilst valuing imagination, experimentation and fun in serving our community.

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Education Training & Employment

Youth & Community Services

Community Reassurance & Wellbeing

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Apprenticeship Programme Rainbow Nursery Deen Academy Employment Training Scheme Job Club Creative English

 Organisational Development  Community Inspiration Awards  Youth Service  Community Engagement & Consultation  Youth Connections  Community Economic Development Programme

 Sahara Women’s Refuge  Community Wardens Scheme  Handy Person Scheme  Community Question Time  Canal Adoption Scheme  Suited & Booted Scheme  Pride in our Neighbourhood Campaign  Tackling Extremism & Islamophobia  Home Fire Safety Scheme ----------------------------------------------------------Page 8 of 29

Education, Training and Employment RAINBOW DAY NURSERY Rainbow Day Nursery is a non-profit early years provision we started this year. This project was made possible with the support of one of our volunteers, who was an early years graduate. She "Since my child started nursery, I feel she volunteered with us for 8 months has improved her behaviour at home. She and helped set up the nursery with appears to be a lot calm and aware of her the support from Birmingham City actions towards others. She is able to sing Council Early Years Team. She then various nursery rhymes and asks me to join went onto secure the role as in. Many thanks for your help." Nursery Manger and continues to Mrs Asia Bi develop the nursery. Our new premises, a former primary school is an ideal location to offer quality learning to children and free up mums to go into training or employment.

"I really appreciate all the hard work put in by Rainbow nursery staff. Every day when my daughter comes from the nursery she has learnt new things like nursery rhymes, months of the year, alphabets and numbers. I really don't know how to say a big enough thank you to all the staff."

Mrs Malalai Shinwari

The nursery received Ofsted registration in August 2015 and was opened in September with 30 children on the register. Our nursery is very unique in that we offer free full time nursery places to children between the ages of 2 – 4 years old, irrespective of whether or not they are eligible for government funding. Children in our nursery come from a broad range of faith and ethnicity including Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Asian Indian, African Caribbean and English.

In addition to EYFS guidelines, we have been developing themes and activities to instill in children from an early age the values and importance of recycling to protect the environment, and also learning about different communities and cultures to foster better cohesion and respect for each other. In addition to learning English, our preschool children also learn French, which helps to strengthen their language and communications skills. ----------------------------------------------------------Page 9 of 29

Education, Training and Employment

JOB CLUB We set up an open drop in Job Club once a week every Monday, to help people find a job by offering interview tips and techniques, job application support, CV writing and opportunities for volunteering. The job club was run by our regular volunteers.

CREATIVE ENGLISH COURSE Community Foundation has continued to provide free English courses for women to learn practical English for everyday use, such as what to say when wanting to book an appointment, helping their child with their homework or asking for help in a shop. The classes are run by a local volunteer who teaches every Monday and Tuesday morning.

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Education, Training and Employment

DEEN SUMMER ACADEMY In August we set up the Deen Summer Academy which ran four weeks over the school summer holidays to provide a range of social, recreational and educational activities for children aged between 6-16 years old. The first week allowed the children to get creative and arty when they made portraits of what their future career looked like. This allowed the children to get to know one another better whilst motivating them to think about what they want to do in the future. In the second week we worked with ‘the National Citizen’s Service- Challenge Network’ who came in and led a two day sporting event for our young people. They all participated in a mini Olympic styled session where everyone got involved with games and races at the local park. The third week consisted of drama activities where the children participated in our very own ‘CF’s Got Talent’. We had excellent performances from singing and dancing to acting out a crime scene. We also visited Sandwell Valley County Park, where they had lots of fun attempting an assault course as well as playing on the other activities at the park. We also organised a day trip to Weston Super Mare for a day at the seaside, where the kids enjoyed a BBQ as well as getting muddy and splashing in the sea with all their clothes on! During the last week, the children took part in a scavenger hunt around Lozells. They were required to find certain objects hidden in the area and received points for every object that they were able to find on the ‘scavenger list’. This was followed by the final trip to Conkers in Derbyshire where the children learned how to read a map and navigate themselves around the site to gain access to the various trails. Each trail was packed with life skills and challenged the minds of the children to think outside the box whilst enjoying completing the assault courses and crossing wobbly bridges. The grand finale was the presentation and awards ceremony, where parents were invited to hear and see their children perform on stage and receive their certificates of achievement for all the activities they took part in during the summer scheme. ----------------------------------------------------------Page 11 of 29

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Education, Training and Employment

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME Our apprenticeship programme has been successfully running for four years. Each year we undertake a recruitment drive to offer apprenticeships to local young people. This year we offered three apprenticeships in Business Administration NVQ level 3 through Protocol Group, who we have been working in partnership with for a number of years. We also offered one Early Years NVQ level 3 through Learn Direct. The apprentices gained essential practical skills in their chosen career as they completed each module. They also developed confidence and presentation skills through the day to day work they undertook with us. The work environment allowed them to experience the working as an actual member of staff and better appreciate the expectations employers have of employee and prepare them for the real world of work.

COMMUNITY WORK PROGRAM Community Foundation has provided employment and training to over 400 long term unemployed people via the Community Work Program (CWP).

“My self-confidence was low but working on the scheme helped to build up my confidence and to interact with my fellow workers”

We provided a range of support and training along with real work opportunities to long term unemployed people for 26 weeks, 4 days per week. We gave the participants an opportunity to gain experience in a number of work Kevin Williams areas depending on previous “I learnt the importance of experience and team work, working with interest. people from different job backgrounds.“ The positions we offered ranged from administration, Angela Joseph nursery work, Community Wardens, and the Handyperson Scheme.

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Education, Training and Employment

ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING This year we created a range training programme to support new and existing organisations with essential training for Charity Commission standards compliance, as well as business planning and organisational development. We also partnered with Phoenix Training as Xyrius training to offer accredited courses. The courses were either free or subsidised.

Online Safety Workshops for parents Community Foundation joined forces with the NSPCC to deliver a training session on E-safety for parents and practitioners to better understand how to keep children safe online.

Essential Training for Trustee and Staff The government’s new out of school inspection duty, encouraged over 20 organisations to get in touch with us to support them become complainant with policy and practice. We provided policy and training on child protection and safeguarding, setting up balanced syllabus and promotes British values, staff recruitment and classroom discipline management. All participants will be presented with an in-house certificate after attending the course. ----------------------------------------------------------Page 14 of 29

Youth and Community Services

COMMUNITY INSPIRATION AWARDS The Community Inspiration Award now in its 6th year is a unique initiative of the Community Foundation, to recognise outstanding contributions made by staff from public sector organisations and ordinary members of the community who have made extra ordinary contributions. The judges chosen to judge the awards shortlisted 80 nominees from the hundreds of high calibre nominations received this year from West Midlands and surrounding areas. Awards were presented to the 48 finalists by a host of MPs, Council Leaders and chief officers from public sector bodies, including The Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Ray Hassall, Shabana Mahmood MP, Jess Phillips MP, Councillor Robert Sleigh, Dave Thompson Deputy Chief Constable and Gary Taylor Assistant Chief Fire Officer. The finalist and winners of last year’s Community Inspiration Awards were announced at the award ceremony on 27th of July 2015.

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Youth and Community Services LIST OF AWARD CATEGORY AND WINNERS Award Category



Mohammed Altaf Sharif and Sons Todd Wesley & Lakhvir Rellon B’ham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Handsworth Fire Station West Midlands Fire Service Sunny Dhadley SUIT Rachel Turley Dotcom Children’s Foundation Salma Ilyas Asian World Newspaper Anna Freeman The Birmingham Crisis Centre Jalal Uddin Birmingham Council of Faith Cllr Jess Philips Birmingham City Council Ann Poynton & Rita Hicken : Yew Tree & Tame Bridge Community Centre Razia Tariq Hadait Small Heath Community Forum


Chantal Lockey The Foundation for Infant Loss Training Gregg Efesop City Fryers Peterborough Environment City Trust Karen Lawrence Mishti Desh Ltd Mohammad Ashikur Raihman Asim Khan Attock Cricket Club

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Youth and Community Services

YOUTH CONNECTIONS We set up Youth Connections as a platform for young people in the UK to work together with other young people from across Europe and surrounding countries to discuss issues of common interest, share experiences and learn from each other and come up with thoughts and ideas to better respond to them. Youth Connections is open to young people between the ages of 18 -30 years old, and are UK citizens and hold a valid passport. Costs for travel outside UK will be reimbursed. Free accommodation, activities and food is included in all programmes outside UK. Community Foundation organised a team building session for around 50 young men between the ages of 18 35 years old at the Youlbury Scout Activity Centre. Participants took part in many fun activities to learn more about each other and work together as a team.

Community Foundation partnered with Remembering Srebrenica, an organisation which offers a unique opportunity for people to partake in an educational visit to Bosnia to learn about the genocide that took place in 1995. On our first visit in April we took 22 people from across the UK from as far Scotland in the north, down to Southampton in the south and cities in between. We took 19 people for the second visit in December. For both programmes we were inundated with hundreds of applications from people across the UK. As the places were limited, we could only select the lucky few who were able to join us in the delegation. The aim of the visit to Bosnia was to inspire people to take action in their UK communities that will help to create a better, safer and stronger society. Remembering Srebrenica in partnership with organisations such as Community Foundation aims to motivate people of all ages to strengthen their communities by challenging hatred and intolerance. We do this by remembering the worst crime in Europe since the Second World War – more than 8,000 mainly Bosnian Muslim men and boys systematically murdered, just for who they were. Srebrenica is a dark stain on humanity that happened on our doorstep in living memory within a seemingly well-integrated society. Delegates in return for their place on the educational trip, pledge to do something proactive in the UK to help educate others on the events that took place in Bosnia.

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Youth and Community Services

YOUTH RESIDENTIAL Children from across Birmingham benefitted from a four days residential in the Peak District which took place from 29 March - 1 April 2016. We took 23 Children who were selected from hundreds of applications we received to join Community Foundation in its annual residential supported by SACH. During the day children took part in outdoor pursuits including; ice skating, climbing, abseiling, cross country walks, night walks and archery. In the evening, children took part in workshops and role plays looking at bullying, peer pressure and drugs.

GIRLS' YOUTH CLUB During the school summer holiday we organised youth sessions for girls aged 10 to 16 years old. The girls took part in fun indoors and outdoors activities including cooking, nature scavenger hunts, going to the parks, health and fitness classes and day trips.

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Youth and Community Services

COMMONWEALTH MPS DELEGATION TO BIRMINGHAM Members of Parliament from four Commonwealth countries visited Community Foundation on Wednesday 6th May 2015, to speak to people who live and work in the area about their thoughts and engagement in the 2015 UK general election. The delegation brought over by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) is conducting an Election Assessment Mission monitoring the electoral process in six different UK constituencies over the week of the 2015 General Election. Nozmul Hussain, the Chief Executive of Community Foundation welcomed the Commonwealth MPs Anthony Agius Decelis MP (Malta), Stephanus Bezuidenhout MP (Namibia) Raghav Lakhanpal MP (India) and Justine Mukobwa MP (Rwanda) to hear the opinions and concerns of local electorates about their level of engagement and involvement in the election process. The delegation listened to participant’s thoughts and feelings about this year’s election and their reasons for taking part or disinterest in the political system. The delegation also heard from participants what it politically means to be from a minority or marginalised group and whether or not their vote will count.

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Youth and Community Services

COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (CED) The Community Foundation proposal for the Community Economic Development (CED) programme for the East Handsworth area was selected as one of the 50 to run the pilot in England. This was a new DCLG initiative designed to encourage local communities to look at how service providers, local organisations, and businesses can work together to put together an economic development plan which will assist in shaping and strengthening the local economy for the benefit of local communities. The idea behind this programme was to develop a bespoke plan which will identify practical opportunities to develop the local economy and boost engagement so the communities are actively shaping the economic future of the local area. A Steering Group co-ordinated by The Community Foundation was set up with local key partners who have a good working knowledge and insight into the needs and aspirations of the community. The partners included the Nishkam Centre, Helping Hands Community Group, Midland Heart Housing Association, South & City College, Birmingham City Council, Lozells and East Handsworth Neighbourhood police and Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Dojo Community Project, Lozells Methodist Community Centre, Soho Road Business Improvement District A number of meetings, community discussions and consultations, and workshops were held between September and January 2015 to develop the CED plan. We went through a process to identify the key issues, gaps in services and provisions, priority setting, and project planning. The workshops were facilitated by an external consultant from Localise West Midlands, who worked with us to agree upon some of the core economic needs, challenges and opportunities for the area. In order to achieve these outcomes the priority objectives are to develop or extend local facilities for personal access to finance, financial education, micro-enterprise loans and grants. The plan was approved and signed off by DCLG in March 2016. As part of the campaign to improve financial education, The Community Foundation teamed up with the Pay Ahead Stay Ahead and organised two workshops in February and March to support social housing tenants to manage and get the most from their money, stay out of debt and start saving. Participants took part in fun interactive workshops where they learnt about informative online guides and directories. A similar course was run by The Money Shop on 25 th May and attendees were shown useful tools on how to manage their money. We hope to organise more of these workshops in the future.

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Community Reassurance and Wellbeing SAHARA WOMENS REFUGE The Sahara Women’s Refuge was a new project of Community Foundation to offer vulnerable women safe and supportive accommodation in a culturally sensitive environment, women who are no longer able to safely continue to live in their home due to domestic violence or fear for their wellbeing and safety. We devised a range of support, advice, guidance and training to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for victims to regain the confidence necessary to rebuild their life and live on. Unfortunately the project has been delayed due to Council funding issues which meant that we have been unable to obtain Accommodation Exemption Status, this has had repercussions for our funding streams and we have unfortunately been unable to continue to subsidise the existing tenant. Community Foundation was invited to become a member of the newly formed West Midlands Police Domestic Violence Independent Advisory Group. We attended several meetings and took part in discussions to look at ways to address Domestic Violence.

COMMUNITY WARDEN’S SCHEME Community Foundation has set up a Community Wardens scheme which will seek to improve people’s quality of life and help reduce crime, by reducing fear of crime and tackling low level antisocial behavior and environmental crime. Building on the government’s ‘Big Society’ and the localism agenda, our Community Wardens scheme is a new innovation on community involvement and social action to keep the streets and estates eco-friendly and safer. We initially piloted the scheme covering Lozells, East Handworth and Aston. Community Wardens patrolled their target areas in uniforms and operated Monday to Friday between 10.30am – 3pm. Over time the warden’s scheme became our biggest manpower intensive to date. The number of people registered and trained as Community Wardens at its peak was 89. Due to the increase in numbers, we expanded across all wards in north. The Community Wardens scheme has received positive feedback from residents and businesses alike. Wardens have undertaken the following activities: • Community Reassurance • Work with local residents, young people and businesses to develop a community spirit • Community Needs Survey • Patrol the neighborhood on foot wearing uniforms • Report fly-tipping and vandalism to street furniture • Undertake monthly enviro-crime audit of streets and estates to identify hotspots • Undertake litter picking ----------------------------------------------------------Page 23 of 29

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Community Reassurance and Wellbeing

PRIDE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD CAMPAIGNS Our Pride in Our Neighbourhood Campaign is a programme designed to involve the community in improving the appearance of their area through a co-ordinated clean up in targeted areas with a build-up of rubbish and dumped household furniture. We organised a number of clean up campaigns this year in partnership with service provider and members of the local community. Local residents came out to say how happy they were with the initiative and provided much positive feedback. Residents also benefited from greater awareness of the importance of having pride in their community by keeping the area clean and tidy.

Aston residents benefited from a big spring clean of their area. Our clean up was supported by staff from Tesco, Birmingham Settlement, Birmingham City Council and volunteers from Aston Residents Association along with Aston Ward Councillors. Residents also took benefit of the skip we sited at Tesco car park to deposit large items. The residents of Heathfield Road benefited from our Estate Clean-Up Campaign in June. Lead by our dedicated group of Community Wardens, the clean-up was supported by Birmingham City Council’s Fleet and Waste team, Handsworth Helping Hands and Handsworth Wood Residents Association, as well as Councillors and local residents. Our volunteers and Community Wardens joined hands with local volunteers for a litter pick campaign in Handsworth organised by Shabana Mahmood MP in August 2015. Community Foundation took part in the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign where we ran a series of weekly clean ups across Birmingham to get the area spick and span in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday. The “Clean for the Queen” campaign was established with our Community Wardens helping to clean and tidy roads, parks and the canals in partnership with Canal and River Trust. ----------------------------------------------------------Page 25 of 29

Community Reassurance and Wellbeing

COMMUNITY QUESTION TIME Community Foundation organised a community Question Time event in November 2015 with local councilors and members of parliament as part of Parliament Week. The event was well attended by members of the community, Community foundations own volunteers and community wardens. Councillor Ziaul Islam District chairman for Ladywood, Councillor Nawaz Ali and Councillor Mohammed Afzal attended with Shabana Mahmood MP and Khalid Mahmood MP to share their experiences in the world of politics and take questions from the Public.

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Community Reassurance and Wellbeing

CANAL ADOPTION SCHEME In our aspiration of bringing the community together to make our neighborhood cleaner and safer, Community Foundation has adopted a stretch of Birmingham Fazeley Canal between Aston Lock and Cuckoo Wharf. Working in conjunction with The Canal and River Trust, we aim to improve the appearance of the canals and encourage more people to use them. Our volunteers also took part in the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign to remove rubbish along the canal. With Community Foundations help the iron bridge at Aston Lock has been painted, where we also plan to remove graffiti and replace it with a large mural and art work with the help of local young talent.

SUITED AND BOOTED As part of the Job Club, Community Foundation launched a new initiative to support unemployed people secure employment. This new service provided people with clothes to wear to interviews to look smart and professional. Most long term unemployed people do not have smart clothes to wear to interview and thus fail to make a positive first impression, limiting their chances of success. Individuals were asked to donate their good quality suits/dresses/shoes/ties they no longer wear or need. Local retailers were also encouraged to donate off season clothes to the project.

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Funders and Sponsors

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Charity Information

Company Registration number: 7199617 Date of Registration: 23rd March 2010

Charity registration number: 1155455 Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England

Registered and Principal office: 20 St Silas Square Birmingham B19 1QW Tel: 0121 238 3282 Email: info@thecommunityfoundation.org.uk Web: www.thecommunityfoundation.org.uk Facebook: communityfoundationuk Twitter.com/comm_foundation

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Profile for Nozmul Hussain

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