Steps forward for Headingley Road

A dangerous mix of domestic and commercial waste fly-tipped to the rear of Headingley Road. After raising the issue of domestic and industrial waste dumped in the lanes to the rear of homes on Headingley Road, I was very pleased to receive notice from Birmingham City Council that the lanes will be cleared on 6th … Continue reading Steps forward for Headingley Road

NHS in crisis

THe UK government has denied that the NHS in crisis. I would like to offer a counter argument based on, well, my experience as a frontline NHS mental health nurse working in Ladywood and Handsworth. You won't be surprised to learn that the truth is a bit different to what the privileged, out of touch … Continue reading NHS in crisis

A Warm Welcome @ Tea & Social

Another wonderful Wednesday session at the Sons of Rest, every week is a new soup recipe! This week we were featured on BBC WM, showcasing the important role of community drop-in and warm spaces, especially as the weather turns colder. You can listen here: Every week we're providing 20-30 lunches, even more cups of … Continue reading A Warm Welcome @ Tea & Social

Tea & Social at the Sons of Rest – six months on!

In May this year, a small band of us got a few supplies from the local shop, and served some tea and coffee to a handful of passers-by in Handsworth Park. Now, six months later, we've expanded to serving upwards of thirty regular and new visitors every Wednesday with home-made soup and snacks, fresh fruit … Continue reading Tea & Social at the Sons of Rest – six months on!

Community Connections in Handsworth

With Kalpana outside the Sons of Rest, Handsworth Park. There are community initiatives that take months of planning, multiple funding applications, steering committees, consultations, business plans and long evaluation. And there are times when you just need to put the kettle on... Today was our third weekly drop-in coffee session at the Sons of Rest … Continue reading Community Connections in Handsworth