Harborne, Edgbaston & Moseley Life, May 2020

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Front Line Safety is the Key Turning Talent to Support NHS

Left: Terry Williams, Rudell’s in Harborne

Tony Harris, Lockfit Birmingham South

To support the incredible work carried out throughout this period by the NHS and our Emergency Services Lockfit have decided to offer their services completely free of charge to these keyworkers if they find themselves locked out of their property, the service offered covers the cost of non- destructive entry. “They can call 24/7 and one of our locksmiths will be with them within the 1hr to get them in the property, this free service will run throughout the period of lockdown, all that’s

required is identification for this offer.” says Director Tony Harris, Lockfit Birmingham South. During the current climate Lockfit Birmingham South are continuing to trade for Emergency callouts as required. While working full PPE is always used with social distancing in place to ensure safety of both their employees and customers to prevent the spread of this virus. For details on how to get in touch with Lockfit see page 3

Terry Williams, a goldsmith at Rudell’s in Harborne, has found the perfect way to keep himself busy during lockdown and offer some much-needed support for the NHS during this extremely demanding and uncertain time. Using his 3D printer, Terry has been able to make PPE masks for his local doctor’s surgery and their health visitors, crafting an impressive 16 per day. These masks protect the mouth, nose and eyes of the wearer, minimising the risk of infection, and are crucial

for front line health workers amid the current global health crisis. We are seeing shortages of this type of equipment across the world, which is why volunteer initiatives like this are providing such a lifeline. Terry would now like to extend his services to any care homes in Harborne that may be in need of PPE masks, and will do his best to meet the demand. If this selfless gesture could help you or someone you know, please get sharing and get in touch .

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Stories about tremendous acts of kindness like this make us so proud of our communities.

Thank you, Tony and Terry Angela, HEM Life Get in touch: email Terry at: terry@rudells.com Call Tony on: 07368508936 or email tony@lockfit.co.uk

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Hello and Welcome to May 2020

COVID-19 update:

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First and foremost, I hope you are safe and healthy. Coronavirus Update: As things stand, we were unable to print and distribute the April issue and uploaded a front page cover only. Going Forward: We are publishing online only (albeit less pages) As soon as we can distribute we will get back to printing however, we would like to keep our readers updated on all the great things that are happening within our communities, and to keep you in the loop as to who, where and what businesses are still open serving community needs within the current health and safety requirements. It’s tough for everyone, we are also offering cost effective advertising to all business sectors and will repost this issue throughout May on: 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th on Issuu, Website, Twitter, LinkedIn and FB community groups within our geographical areas. Spread the word! - Tell us and we will share with our readers what is happening where you live. If you have a story, don’t keep it to yourself, we’d love to hear from you.


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Pupils Sing Song of Hope


Photograph: Looking to the Rainbow Choir

Just as a beautiful and bright rainbow brings hope of things getting better after a storm, pupils at The Blue Coat School, Harborne, have come together to spread a message of hope at a time when the news is filled with sadness and worry due to the Coronavirus pandemic. ‘Looking To The Rainbow’ is an original song, recently penned by Becky Drake, Chaplain at The Blue Coat School features members of the Blue Coat School Chapel Choir aged 9 to 11 years. It was written to bring some joy and remind the school community that although they are separated at the moment, pupils, teachers and parents are still united as one school family. The song has already attracted the attention of the Church of England and has been showcased at the launch of its National Faith at Home campaign. Schools are being inspired to get on board and create their own version. All Saints Academy, just down the road from Blue Coat, has already recorded its own rendition of the song,

and the Church of England hopes that other schools will also join in and spread the message of hope far and wide. The idea is for schools elsewhere around the country to download the backing tracks and record their own version. School Chaplain and writer of the song, Becky Drake says, “The rainbow

has become a symbol of hope and joy during this difficult time and I want the children to remember every time they see rainbows in windows, or paint their own rainbow, that there is hope of a new day coming! I hope many other schools will adopt the song as a reminder of this hope for their communities too!’ Video producer and Director of

Music at The Blue Coat School, Jeremy Nicklin, added, ‘The children were really keen to be part of this project and were excited to learn the lyrics and record themselves in their homes. At this unprecedented time of lockdown, it was lovely to be able to do something positive and get everyone singing!”

To hear ‘Looking To The Rainbow’ by Becky Drake featuring The Blue Coat School Chapel Choir go to: https://vimeo.com/412881668 To download the backing track, and for information and instructions on how to create a similar project in your own school, visit: www.worshipforeveryone.com


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£5m support package for care providers A five million pound package of financial support for care providers across the city was approved by Birmingham City Council in April. The focus of the funding is to support hospital discharge and to recognise the additional costs providers are incurring due to the pandemic. The city council will reimburse reasonable additional costs that could not have been anticipated, particularly in relation to PPE, staff sickness and agency costs. Care homes facilitating admissions from hospitals that meet certain conditions around referral and assessment will receive a one-off additional payment. Councillor Paulette Hamilton, cabinet members for health and

social care, said, “We are living in unprecedented times and we know that care providers across the city are working incredibly hard in really difficult circumstances. “They are the people who support the most vulnerable in the city and it is only right that we support them financially. However, it is important that we put in place the right support to address the issues given the care market in Birmingham is complex. “Although as a council we only fund around 50% of places and support for any given provider, we recognise that in this current crisis, regardless of whether services are funded by the council or others, we must ensure they are supported and remain viable.” These measures are in addition to an inflationary fee increase of 4.5% for home support/supported living and 3.6% for care homes from this month as part of the city council’s usual fee increases, investing around £8m this year. There are approximately 300 care homes in Birmingham and 200 home support and supported living providers.

Picture courtesy of Birmingham Design Festival

The West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Cultural Leadership Board is joining a specially formed taskforce to support the post pandemic recovery of the region’s arts and cultural organisations. Led by Culture Central, the West Midlands Culture Response Unit will develop and deliver an action-orientated, sector led response to the Covid-19 outbreak to ensure the visibility, viability and recovery of the cultural sector in the West Midlands. The Unit was created last 10 days in partnership with more than 100 Cultural organisations, freelancers and stakeholders. Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said, “The WMCA’s Cultural Leadership Board is made up of people from all backgrounds and representatives from cultural organisations to help drive forward the West Midlands’ vibrant cultural and creative economy. “Right now, the Board is needed more than ever and will work with the West Midlands Cultural Response Unit to help the sector prepare for its short, medium, and long-term future when the ongoing pandemic begins to subside.” The WMCA’s Cultural Leadership Board (CLB) was

founded in late 2019 to bring together local people from all backgrounds and representatives from cultural organisations to place culture at the heart of sustainable and inclusive growth in the region, enhancing quality of life for its citizens. As well as the WMCA’s Cultural Leadership Board the initiative has support from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 (CWG2022) Coventry City of Culture 2021, Arts Council England, Local Enterprise Partnerships, regional local authorities and many of the leading cultural organisations and independents in the region. The unit will focus on strategy, planning, communication and campaigns as well as offer support and development to help deliver a region wide coordinated response from the sector as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. The unit will celebrate the role that culture is playing in the current crisis along with its role in the regions civic and economic recovery as we welcome back audiences and artists from our region and around the world.

Comfort in the community:

how strangers are supporting the bereaved

Where saying goodbye means everything

At Mortons we recognise that the present difficulties brought about by coronavirus serve to amplify the anxieties bereavement brings; that’s why we’re on hand to help you through. We pride ourselves upon our professionalism, whilst maintaining a warm and courteous approach. Taking care of the smallest details to make a big difference. Supporting at times of loss, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year For the latest information on how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting funerals, please visit our website. If you need to arrange a funeral for a loved one, let us help with what happens next.

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In these incredibly challenging times, one area of daily life sadly affected by coronavirus is funerals. As a result of necessary social distancing restrictions, bereaved families are tragically being denied a chance to say goodbye in the way in which people are accustomed. In the past few weeks, we have witnessed some incredibly humbling and moving moments. For example, we recently directed a funeral at Lodge Hill Crematorium for an elderly gentleman who lived with his wife Derek Case Company Chairman in sheltered housing in Kings Norton. As we drove the hearse very slowly out of the complex, residents stood in their doorways and on the pavement (all maintaining social distancing rules) and applauded in tribute to their dear friend and neighbour. It was such a moving experience to witness this public display of love and respect for a clearly popular and well-liked man. His family were touched by this act of kindness too. As we journeyed together passing through Kings Norton, Cotteridge, Bournville and Selly Oak, people paused or removed their hats as a mark of respect. At another funeral, we left from a Northfield address with a coffin draped with St George’s flag. Friends and neighbours were gathered on the pavement with flags and red roses; as the hearse passed by someone placed a red rose on the roof of the hearse. Other family and friends gathered at two strategic points en route to Lodge Hill Crematorium as we passed slowly by; they waved, waved the flags and blew kisses – all acts of thoughtfulness and respect for the one they have loved and lost and yet, in these difficult times can’t join with others to honour through their funerals. To those who contribute by bowing their heads, waving their flags, clapping and paying their respects, I want you to know how much it means to the families who are being prevented from having the funeral they’d have hoped for. Your support, presence, respect and remembrance is worth more than you’ll ever know in these most challenging of times for all of us.

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Now more than ever the best home to be in is your own These are unprecedented times but at Home Instead Senior Care hand-picked, well trained CAREGivers are continuing to provide daily companionship and care to their clients. With minimum 1-hour visits clients and CAREGivers build strong trusting relationships. Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Edgbaston, Terry Cheung, said, “Never has the need for home care been so much in the spotlight. We are incredibly proud of our team. Every day they support their clients– whether it’s collecting shopping and prescriptions, helping with personal care or simply having a chat. With families and friends unable to visit, the reassurance of knowing that their CAREGiver will be there for them makes such a difference to our clients.” The office team, now working from home, ensure that there has been no interruption to the vital training of new and existing staff which is now

delivered via video link. Terry said, “It is really important that our staff continue to get the support and training they need to deliver outstanding care.” Obtaining supplies of PPE has been a wellpublicised challenge but Home Instead UK have set up a consistent supply chain to ensure that clients and staff are kept safe. “We have regular contact with Public Health England and the government to make sure that we communicate the latest guidance to our team.” said Terry. “We are working closely with hospital discharge teams and health professionals to help get clients out of hospital as soon as possible, freeing up beds for more critical cases.” “One good thing to come from this situation is a new appreciation for front line workers such as those delivering care to vulnerable people in their own homes. Our CAREGivers have been applauded in supermarkets as they shop for their clients and this has given them such a boost.” said Terry One review of Home Instead reads: “Home Instead is the best care provider we have ever used. The staff are friendly, professional, efficient and just lovely. They have made a huge difference to our lives as we can totally rely on them. Would highly recommend.”

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Missing out on business COVID-19 grant funding? Up to 5,000 businesses in Birmingham could potentially miss out on grants of £10,000 or £25,000 if they do not provide up-to-date details for payments to be processed. In response to COVID-19, the Government allocated £231 million to Birmingham City Council to make payments through the Small Business Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. The grants, which do not need to be repaid, will be automatically processed by the council but are dependent on businesses ensuring they have provided all the accurate, up-to-date information required. Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said, “These grants from the Government have been introduced to help those businesses which have been identified as being most impacted by COVID-19. It doesn’t need to be repaid and businesses do not need to apply – they just need to supply us with the most up-to-date details so we can process payments. “As of 29 April, we have paid out over £102.2 million to 8,240 businesses but we estimate there

are still around 5,000 businesses who are entitled to this money but won’t receive it because we are missing vital information. We are working hard to identify these businesses and make contact, but ideally we need them to come to us.” To help consolidate the necessary information, the council has created an online form where businesses can input the required details including bank, business and correspondence details. Once submitted, the council will make the payment within 21 days or contact the business if they do not qualify to explain the reasons why. Cllr Ward added, “Before we make any payments, we need to verify all eligible businesses which is why we need all the necessary information in order to progress. There may be some businesses out there who are unsure whether or not they qualify; if that’s the case we would encourage them to review the criteria on our website or get in touch directly, as they have nothing to lose but potentially a significant grant to gain.” The Government announced payments of £10,000 through the Small Business Grant, and funding of either £10,000 or £25,000 through the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant, depending upon the business’s rateable value. The council has been working to promote the form through its digital channels, stakeholder partners and targeted messaging but is urging members of the business community to share the message among contacts. For more information on the grant funds, or to submit business details for payment, visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk and search Government Business Grants. To contact the council directly call 0121 303 5509 or email: business_rates@birmingham.gov.uk

Bringing families closer together The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire has made an incredible donation of £34,500 to University Hospitals Birmingham Charity in response to the Charity’s urgent COVID-19 appeal. This generous donation will help to fund tablets for patients across the Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 University Hospitals Birmingham Charity has been urgently appealing for funds to provide a range of support to staff and patients across its four hospitals. Due to the pandemic, patients cannot receive visitors at the hospital. Being in hospital is rarely easy but being unable to see their loved ones has left patients feeling low, which in turn can delay recovery and discharge from hospital. To combat this, University Hospitals Birmingham Charity has been funding tablets for patients across its hospitals so that they can communicate with their loved ones via video chat, helping to bring families closer together - albeit virtually - at this difficult time. The Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire, Right Worshipful Bro. David F. Macey, said, “At this challenging time it is crucial that we all do our part to support our NHS hospitals and the patients who are treated there. “As the Head of Freemasonry in Warwickshire I

Above: Charity team with the new tablets

am proud of the generosity shown by our members at this difficult time. This donation will make a great deal of a difference to patients across University Hospitals Birmingham, helping to give them contact with their loved ones whilst they are in hospital.” Laura Power, Fundraising Manager at University Hospitals Birmingham Charity, said, “On behalf of all of the staff and patients across our hospitals I would like to thank the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire, and in turn all of the Warwickshire Freemasons for this generous donation. “This donation will help us to support our patients by funding tablets for use across our hospitals. The tablets that we’ve already distributed across our sites have already made a huge difference, and the further tablets that this donation will fund will help even more of our patients to speak to their loved ones.”

Passionate about your Garden Adrian Badham’s love of gardening began as a teenager, he then moved to London to train as a chef under the Roux Brothers before returning to Birmingham to set up a catering business, but a request to help with someone’s garden lead him to start a college course in Horticulture and Amenities. That was back in 1994.

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With his first NVQ under his belt he left catering behind and started a new gardening business, Ashcroft Gardening Services. Adrian’s passion for horticulture and his love of all things green fingered has earned Ashcroft Gardening Services the reputation of being professional, friendly and very reliable, offering customers specialist gardening services to suit their needs, “Everything except bricklaying and slabbing.’’ says Adrian

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For those who want to enjoy their garden throughout the year, a regular maintenance garden service on a fortnightly basis from the second half of March until the end of November ensures that you can sit back, relax and enjoy. This may include planting shrubs and plants, creating a rockery, sorting out hedges or topiary work. Lawn mowing, weeding, and tidying. Edges are kept neat and tidy; borders are weeded, and lawns can be treated.

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May is a good time to be hoeing weeds and feeding the lawn. Adrian holds a spray certificate

Adrian Badham at work

and a waste license, ensuring he works in an environmentally friendly way. Lawns may be treated with moss killers or by scarifying, aerating and top dressing. As the season comes to an end, Adrian provides an autumn clear out, picking up leaves, cutting plants back and getting the garden ready for winter.

Does your garden deserve to be loved?

Adrian will bring a garden centre to your door working on any sized garden, from a small plot at a terraced house. Ashcroft Gardening Services are working to government health and safety requirements during the current climate. PPE is used, social distancing will also be in place to ensure safety of both our customers and staff to prevent the spread of this virus. Please contact us for further information: Tel: 0121 559 5377 Mobile: 07721 502 985 Website: ashcroftgardeningservices.co.uk

Life Stories


NHS - major new study


A new four-year research project, awarded £1.4 million funding from the Wellcome Trust, will explore the past, present and future of charitable fundraising for health care. The study, which will be led by the University of Birmingham, will look at how health policy has understood, and sought to influence, the role of charities in the NHS by looking at the amount and distribution of charitable fundraising for NHS charities over time. The grant was awarded before the outbreak of COVID-19. Its subject matter has become unexpectedly timely in recent weeks, as charitable fundraising for the NHS has been thrown into the spotlight through the efforts of Captain Tom Moore and many others to raise money for the NHS to support staff and volunteers dealing with the outbreak, and NHS patients during their recovery. Professor John Mohan, Director of the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham comments: “During a national health crisis which affects all of us, it is unsurprising that citizens are voluntarily giving

time and money to support the NHS on an apparently unprecedented scale. “However, this is just the latest episode in a long and neglected history of charitable initiative in the NHS. In this project, we want to research that history, in order to put contemporary efforts in their proper context and enable evidence-based reflection on the relationship between charity and health care in the future.” The NHS is famously a state-run health service, yet it has always made space for charitable activities. Some NHS hospital charities number amongst the country’s wealthiest charitable organisations. The boundaries between state-

run and charitably-run activities have shifted over the decades and have often been politically controversial. The research will generate a new account of the effects – both positive and problematic – of charitable fundraising and charitable organisations in the UK health system. This will change our understanding of the NHS and inform discussions about the future of charities in the health service. The project is a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award in Humanities and Social Science, and the team comprises Professor John Mohan (University of Birmingham), Dr Ellen Stewart

(University of Edinburgh), Professor Martin Gorsky (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), and Professor Bernard Harris (University of Strathclyde). The project will engage with non-academic audiences through witness seminars, public lectures and an annual conference, while individual work packages will actively involve external stakeholders. As well as a website, regular project briefing notes and articles, the project will generate a book bringing together the main findings into a comprehensive reassessment of the complex relationships between charity and the NHS.

It is (almost) business as usual

The newly opened, brand-new school building is unusually quiet! Noticeably absent are the students themselves, many of whom would be getting ready to sit their GCSE exams. In spite of this being a very challenging and difficult time for everyone, including parents, the staff and students are committed to continuing with their education and getting to grips with online and remote ‘home-learning’.

Lordswood Boys’ School is going from strength to strength There has been a year-on-year increase in outcomes for Year 11 students with 2018 and 2019 setting records in almost every measure of school performance, topped by the latest 2020 outcomes that have been submitted to the DfE. Lordswood Boy’s School is now one of the highest achieving schools in the region and this year was set to be another recordbreaking year in student outcomes. Even though learning is now taking place remotely, students and staff continue to work together to maintain routines and provide structure for families, including parents, who now find themselves taking on a very different role at home. In partnership with the Sikh Channel, the school are taking part in their weekly television programme, ‘Education Show’, where they will be providing advice and guidance on ways to encourage children to continue learning during this time, as well as providing updates on the latest education news in response to the school closure period. Headteacher, Mr Lee Williams, says, “We realise that this is a very unusual time for our students and their families and not everyone will have the same access to online materials and resources. We want to reach out to our community through our website, social media and now, television, to reassure them that it is ‘business as usual’ as far as the education of our students is concerned. We also recognise that many parents will be worrying about securing places in September for their children who are currently in Year 6. If you are concerned about any aspect of the admissions process or don’t yet have a place for your son in September, we’d like you to get in touch. Our staff in school are ready to support you in any way we can. It is all part of supporting our wider school community”.

To read more about this remarkable journey and secure a place in Year 7, please visit: www.lordswoodboys.co.uk or call 0121 464 2387.