Balsall Heath Forum
Balsall Heath Forum was started in 1994 when local residents were given a piece of land by the council that used to be a drugs den. This place is now a welcoming site with allotments where residents can grow vegetables and plants.
What is Balsall Heath Forum?
In the past, Balsall Heath has experienced problems with high crime levels, drug dealing and prostitution and it was decided, as a community, that something had to be done about this. Through a street watch campaign, crime levels dropped within 6 months. This, in turn, spurred the beginnings of Balsall Heath Forum as residents were committed to continuing to improve the area.
Members from the local neighbourhood are elected to join the forum each year, which empowers local residents by promoting and encouraging neighbourhood associations. The forum provides residents with the tools to be able to deal with issues they might face such as safety or environmental concerns. The forum also acts as a link between the neighbourhood and service providers. Currently, there are 10 active residents’ groups working closely with Balsall Heath Forum to help create a service that can be tailored to the needs of different projects as one size does not fit all.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
The money would go towards helping to deliver the Youth Zone project, focused on providing young people in the area with somewhere safe to go as this does not currently exist. Balsall Heath Forum have found that young people are feeling less a part of the community. Employment levels amongst them are low and there is a noticeable skills shortage too. Despite this, there are no schemes being offered locally to give young adults a good start. This leads to isolation, identity crisis and the community is at breaking point.
Balsall Heath Forum wish to give young people a louder voice through the already successful Dynamic Youth Awards and show them that their opinion is valued by consulting with them throughout the evening. Balsall Heath Forum will use every opportunity to hold sessions and obtain the views and aspirations of young people, helping to create Youth Zone with them in mind.
Cost of project
Where can people go to find out more about Balsall Heath Forum?
Abdullah Rehman, CEO and Coordinator
Tel: 0121 446 6183