Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games launch new community programme

Source: The Birmingham Press

Date: 05-March-2020

The United by Birmingham 2022 programme is bringing together ambitious and innovative West Midlands based community projects that share a common purpose with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

United by Birmingham 2022 is recognising grass-roots organisations that are having a positive impact on the communities they serve across a diverse range of subjects. This includes, but is not limited to, projects that aim to improve skills, offer training, provide volunteering resources, benefit the environment, encourage participation in sport, or deliver youth engagement activities.

To mark Wednesday’s launch, over forty representatives from twelve local charities and social enterprises are coming together in Oozells Square, Brindley Place in Birmingham city centre to take part in a 5km United by Birmingham 2022 run.

The twelve founding projects of United by Birmingham 2022 programme are:

  • Goodgym – Group Sessions – During group sessions, GoodGym members run to visit isolated, older people, to provide friendly contact and to help with practical tasks.
  • The Prince’s Trust – Youth Summit 2021 – Using the United by Birmingham programme to support the 2021 Youth Summit, which hopes to increase engagement with young people across the region.
  • Canal & River Trust – Community Activity and Wellbeing Programme – This programme provides free events and taster sessions in fishing, performing, running, walking, cycling and paddling and works with partners to ensure regular physical activity takes place.
  • EmployabilityUK – Inspiring Young Birmingham programme, which will recruit new volunteers and provide consistent training and online support for young people.
  • Sense, – Connecting communities programme which will help the Sense TouchBase Pears Centre become a centre of excellence for disability arts.
  • Jericho Foundation – awarded for their Equiano project which helps raise awareness of their cause and encourages people to support their work
  • Sport Birmingham – supporting The Daily Mile Commonwealth Challenge, to amplify their influence and encourage more people to take up this challenge.
  • Acorns Children’s Hospice, – for the Gift of Time programme which helps emphasise the urgency and immediacy of the need for communities to rally together for the greater good.
  • Bringing Hope, has been awarded the United by Birmingham mark for two projects – Food Taste and Talk Pots and their‘Sports and Talk Spot events
  • Witton Lodge Community Association – has been awarded the United by Birmingham mark for their Perry Common Games events, to improve health, wellbeing and community relations in the local area.
  • World Against Single Use Plastic – Schools Engagement Canal clean-up programme, a project that helps to make the local environment better
  • Compass Support – sporting development programme, to promote and celebrate their intergenerational activities that reduce isolation and encourage an increase in physical activity.

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