February 2011

CITIZENS Advice Bureau offices across Birmingham are to stay open after a bitter row between the city council and Bureau managers was finally resolved.

Citizen's Advice Bureau

Offices in the city centre, Kingstanding, Tyseley, Handsworth and Northfield were all set to close their doors last Friday.

But the battle appeared to be over, following a meeting attended by CAB Chief Executive Yvonne Davies, Coun Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, and city MP John Hemming (Lib Dem Yardley).
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Porsha Ellis (3), Arther Ellis, D'Andre Rochcester (9), Jordan Sinclair (17), Eunique Ellis (7), Nakila Rochcester (7), Ryan Butler (15) and Thelma Perkins.

Porsha Ellis (3), Arther Ellis, D’Andre Rochcester (9), Jordan Sinclair (17), Eunique Ellis (7), Nakila Rochcester (7), Ryan Butler (15) and Thelma Perkins.

A GROUP of inspirational mums whose lives were devastated by gun crime have won funding to develop a new project – about missing fathers.

Mothers in Pain is a voluntary organisation that aims to deter young people from getting caught up in gang life.

It was set-up in 2005 by Beverley Thomas and Barbara Sawyers, who lost children to fatal shootings, and Thelma Perkins, whose son was shot but survived.

The group has now received £1,000 from West Midlands Police to educate young people on the importance of having dads around.

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If you would like any information concerning the Mothers in pain voluntary organisation please use the link below:


Rubbish collectors in Birmingham could take more strike action over a contract and pay dispute after rejecting the latest offer from the city council.

Up to 95% of the 500 workers rejected the offer, unions said.

Binmen have staged strikes and also been working to rule for several weeks over a pay dispute which unions said would see them lose £4,000 per year.

The council said it was disappointed as its proposed agreement offered “a positive way forward”.

Strikes were suspended during the talks – held over the past few weeks – but now further action could be taken after the binmen rejected the offer, the GMB said.

Roger Jenkins, from the GMB, said it was trying to arrange an emergency meeting with the council on Friday.


The next Hands on Handsworth Resident Network meeting will be held this coming Monday 14th Feb at 7pm @ Handsworth Community Fire Station, 41 Rookery Rd, Handsworth.

New members welcome!

Great time to get involved as the group will be becoming a constituted resident network focusing on environmental issues. See agenda below;

Hands on Handsworth Resident Network Agenda Monday 14th February 2011 Chair Selwyn Clarke

 1. Update on actions from last meeting

2. New flyer & poster to advertise meetings

3. Setting up constituted group

4. Bank account

5. Minuets, agenda for future meetings & circulation

6. Action plan meeting with Sarah Royal in March

7. Funding

8. Local Government Challenge 17th Feb

9. AOB


MORRISONS’ bakery staff helped deliver 100 loaves of bread to a good cause while preparing for their big store opening.

The new supermarket in Handsworth opened on January 31 and in preparation the store’s ovens had to be fired up to check they were working.

All of the day’s baking was donated to the Handsworth Salvation Army.

General manager Chris Hampton said: “I am delighted that our first bake is going to such a worthy cause

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2 February 2011

POLICE in Handsworth have presented a cheque for £1,000 to an organisation that strives to deter young people from a life of crime.

Mothers in Pain is a voluntary organisation that offers support and guidance to victims and families of those affected by gun and gang-related crime.

It was set-up in 2005 by three mothers who have all been affected by the consequences of gun crime.

Officers from the Handsworth Wood neighbourhood policing team have a strong relationship with the group and regularly attend drop-on sessions at St Andrews Community Centre on College Road.

The team suggested that Mothers in Pain apply for funding from the Police Property Act fund after hearing about a ‘Missing Fathers Project’ that the organisation wanted to set up.

This project will enable the organisation to provide additional support and practical parenting skills to young parents.

PCSO Sara Rolleston, who presented the cheque, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside Mothers in Pain and hope that this contribution makes a real difference to the lives of local people.”

Thelma Parkins, founder of Mothers in Pain, commented: “We are extremely grateful for this contribution and work closely with the Handsworth Wood neighbourhood policing team on a regular basis.”

“These funds will enable us to continue offering advice and support to the local community.”

The Police Property Act fund is made up of cash raised through the sale of property that has been in police possession for over 12 months – including items seized from criminals – where the rightful owner cannot be found.

Police donate cash to Mothers in Pain

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