The Community Service provides a wide range of facilities, activities, and advice and information to support Birmingham's diverse communities.
The service provides 40 community facilities across the City, typically community centres or tenants halls. These facilities are directly managed by the Service or by voluntary organisations. You can find out the Community and Play facilities that are in your area by following the links below.
Community centres act as a first point of contact for residents seeking local advice and information, or a way to find other services or opportunities. Each centre runs its own programme of activities, developed in response to local needs.
Typical programmes at community centres include: parent/carer and toddler groups, playschemes, youth clubs, over 60s clubs, gardening groups, arts and drama classes and productions, healthy living activities, sports clubs, bingo clubs, community festivals, fun days, and environmental projects. Programmes are delivered in partnership with residents and local agencies, both statutory and voluntary/community.
Activities make a contribution to key targets and outcomes for the city:
- community safety and environmental targets
- promote healthy lifestyles
- improve cultural, sporting and leisure facilities
- strengthen the voluntary and community sector
- people have a greater say on local decisions
- promote greater understanding between communities, faiths and generations
Community centres aim to provide a welcoming, accessible environment for all sections of the community to use. Rooms can be hired at affordable rates by groups or individuals for parties, functions and community activities.
Community workers are based at community centres, neighbourhood offices or local projects. They support residents and voluntary/community groups to get involved in (or organise) local activities, have their say on the issues that affect them and take action themselves.
Community workers are a good point of contact if you want to get more involved in your community (for example, volunteering), or are concerned about something happening in your area and want to know where to go or what to do next. They can also give you advice and information if you are already involved in a group and want to find out about funding, or your local community's needs, or how to develop your group.
Community workers work according to national occupational standards, core values and the key purpose of community work. This involves working with communities to:
- build active and sustainable communities based on justice, equality and mutual respect
- identify and resolve local issues
- remove barriers that prevent people from participating in issues that affect their lives
If you want to find out about centres in your area, or want to contact your local Community Work team, then follow the links below.