Networking event highlights impact of Erdington NNS

Community groups meet to showcase new activities.

Organisations from across the district attended the latest networking event run by Erdington Neighbourhood Network Scheme.

An informal presentation last week at the GRS Lions Club in Erdington was attended by organisations from a range of different sectors which included representatives from Birmingham Voluntary Services Council, The Aston Villa Foundation, St Chads Church, Erdington Litter Busters, West Midlands Fire Service and Sutton Coldfield Archery Club.

Hosted by Witton Lodge Community Association; in partnership with Compass Support, the event provided visitors with an update on the instant success and impact of approved applications, delivery of the scheme’s Small Grants Programme and an insight into the benefits of the NNS Assets Register.

Debbie Bates, Health & Wellbeing Transformation Lead for Erdington NNS, said: “It was wonderful to see so many people attend this event, which was all about getting people to connect and explore ways of improving the lives and wellbeing of older people living in Erdington.”

During a brief presentation; which showcased the number of new activities which have been launched through Erdington NNS since the turn of the year, Derek Smith, from Sutton Coldfield Archery Club, described how the funding had enabled his group to increase the support it offers local people and the positive benefits this has had on individuals.

“We have been able to attract more people and put on more activities and this is helping people to meet others, make new friends and enjoy new experience,”
he said.

Erdington Neighbourhood Networker, Laura Grigg, said it was key that residents shape the services and activities being provided.

“We are working hard to cultivate a support network of organisations that will help establish a portfolio of resources, which can deliver the solutions that older people require to overcome challenges like poor physical and emotional health,” she said.

“It is important that we understand the needs of residents so we can provide them with what they need and where.”

To that end, Erdington NNS has established a Citizens Panel where local people can liaise with scheme workers to inform and shape what is required in their communities.

The panel meets bi-monthly with the next meeting due to take place next month. Full details on this will be issued shortly.

For more information on Erdington NNS and how can apply for funding, call Chantelle Holmes on 0121 382 1930 or email: [email protected]