VISION TAGLINE HERE

Sub Header
Full vision/intro paragraph

 
 

STAY & PLAY @ GAS STREET

Stay & Play provides a fun and welcoming space for under 5's and their Grown Ups. An encouraging community where families can find support and friendships, all within a great environment for children to play.

BIG BREAKFAST

The Big Breakfast is an opportunity to love, support, and 'do life' alongside children and families in the local area of Ladywood by creating a space for food, fun and friendship.

URBAN DEVOTION

Join Urban Devotion as they seek the transformation of communities in and around Erdington, one life at a time, through working with children, young people and families.

LET'S FEED BRUM

Let's Feed Brum is a city-wide charity who support our friends living on the streets. Providing food, drink, encouragement and friendship; they aim to step up to the plate and help tackle homelessness!

ELAYOS

A community interest company working in Birmingham offering doula services to vulnerable & isolated women. Elayos offers antenatal, birth & postnatal support so there are so many ways you can get involved

STAY & PLAY @ GREAT COLMORE STREET

Stay & Play @ Great Colmore Street provides an encouraging environment for undr 5s and their Grown Ups; full of friendship, support & fun for the local community of Lee Bank in Central Birmingham

NEWBIGIN COMMUNITY TRUST

Newbigin is an embedded urban mission based in Winson Green. Their vision is to see God’s transforming power at work in the lives of the poor and forgotten in our society.

THE LIGHT PROJECT

Text TBC

 

STAY & PLAY @ GAS STREET

Volunteer Opportunities: Wednesday’s 9:30—12:15pm (term time only) (people can volunteer weekly, biweekly or monthly)
Location: Gas Street Church
Contact: stayandplay@gasstreet.org

We provide a fun and welcoming space for under 5's and their Grown Ups. An encouraging community where families can find support and friendships, all within a great environment for children to play. Each week we have toys, games, stories, songs & great treats provided for everyone.

We would love to hear from you if you can:

  • Easily connect with grown ups who are attending with their child

  • Work brilliantly with children who have additional needs

  • Prepare snacks and make tea & coffee

  • Don’t get tired setting up or packing down toys & equipment 

We will be running DBS checks as part of our commitment to safeguarding children.


URBAN DEVOTION

Volunteer Opportunities: Various Times & Locations - weekly or occasional
Location: Erdington
Contact: andy@urbandevotion.org

Join us as we seek the transformation of communities one life at a time. Come and build genuine relationships with children, young people and families, demonstrating God’s love in a variety of ways.

People’s postcodes should not determine their possibilities. We believe that everyone has enormous value and we want to help remove the obstacles that prevent potential from being realised.

Practically this looks like youth clubs, prayer spaces, mentoring, sports, crafts, street outreach, schools work, family feasts and community fun days. We work with people from so many different ethnicities and backgrounds, including Looked After Children and young people caught up in gang and drug activity.

All we do is underpinned by prayer from a belief that God can do so much more than we could ever ask or imagine. We believe that everyone has something to contribute and we’d love to help you play your part.

Projects

  • Mentoring
    What if every child or young person in our city had a caring, supportive adult listening to them and encouraging them? If you can spare an hour or so a fortnight you could be part of making this happen.

  • Youth & Children’s Work
    More than ever, children and young people need spaces where they are safe to be themselves. We have after-school drop-in clubs and street outreach every weekday. Whether you are sporty, creative, chatty or can make a great cup of tea - we need your help!

  • Schools Work
    Lessons, assemblies, small groups, one-to-one support, prayer spaces, tea in the playground (yep…we serve 150 cups of tea in school playgrounds each week)… If this sounds like your kind of thing – whether in primary or secondary schools – then come and spend a couple of hours a week with us.

  • Admin, Creative & Practical
    Can you tow a trailer, take a photo, cook a meal, mow a lawn or write a report? If you can’t imagine yourself involved in our face-to-face work there are so many other ways to get involved!

  • Prayer
    We could deliver the best activities and provide exceptional support but it is God who makes the difference and brings hope to hopeless situations. Whether from our Prayer Room or from a distance could you cover our team and activities in prayer?

We’d love you to be involved! We’ll provide relevant training for all of our activities and will support you through our application process which includes a DBS Check. Whether you can join us on a weekly basis, for school holidays, or on a more ad-hoc basis, we are so excited to welcome you to UDB.


THE BIG BREAKFAST

Volunteer Opportunities: Saturdays 9am—1pm (21 Sept, 12 Oct, 16 Nov, 14 Dec)
Location: Ladywood
Contact: thebigbreakfast@gasstreet.org

‘The Big Breakfast’ is an exciting opportunity to love, support, and ‘do life’ alongside children and families in the local area of Ladywood by creating a space for food, fun and friendship. We believe this is a fabulous opportunity to be Light for the City in a part of Birmingham where many families face the daily challenge of food-insecurity.

Last academic year, a team of volunteers ran events where hundreds of children and families came through our doors, ate a hearty meal, and engaged in fun activities for all ages. The response from the local community has been overwhelming, and at The Big Breakfast in June, we had queues of people waiting to come onto the school grounds and be part of the fun. Already, the Ladywood Big Breakfast has served over 1,500 sausages, 900 pancakes and 300 ice-creams!

  • Kitchen Team
    This team ensures that a great selection of food is available for anyone that comes through our doors. They will be preparing and serving a full English breakfast and manning our infamous pancake station. No previous experience is required – just enthusiasm and a serving heart! 

  • Host Team
    This team welcomes everyone, makes people feel at ease and facilitates conversations. This job is so important as our vision is to create a space where relationships and community can thrive - this is why the host team is so integral to everything that we do.

  • Kids Team
    This team facilitate play, leading activities and bringing fun to the event. The Kids Team will be there to ensure that everybody is having a great time, from manning a slime station, painting and crafting, or leading sports outside. The activities are low key to run and will just require enthusiasm!

We will be running DBS checks and full training is provided as part of our commitment to safeguarding children.


LET’S FEED BRUM

Volunteer Opportunities: Various Times & Locations
Location: Birmingham City Centre
Contact: letsfeedbrum@gasstreet.org

Let's Feed Brum is a city-wide charity who support our friends living on the streets. Providing food, drink, encouragement and friendship; we aim to step up to the plate and help tackle homelessness!

Homelessness is a major problem in Birmingham. There are hundreds of people in our city without a place to live. Instead, they will be in hostels, squatting or on the streets. Join us to help some of the most desperate and vulnerable on the streets of Birmingham.

Everyone is welcome to join, no experience necessary – all that is needed is a smile and maybe a flask of tea or coffee, maybe even hot chocolate!



ELAYOS

Volunteer Opportunities: Various Times & Locations
Location: Across Birmingham
Contact: hope@elayos.co.uk

We are a new Community Interest Company working in Birmingham offering doula services to vulnerable & isolated women. In practical terms what that means is that we offer antenatal, birth & postnatal support by providing advocacy, accompanying to medical appointments, birth support and postnatal support. We also are committed to working with other voluntary, statutory & local organisations and as such we signpost to other specialist agencies & groups.

We have several opportunities to get involved! We offer training to all our volunteers for whatever role they choose to do as well as ongoing support.

  • If you can drive a car you could accompany our clients to their antenatal appointments. Many of whom are homeless & don’t have easy access to the various hospitals. Once in the appointment, having another pair of listening ears absorbing the information given can be invaluable.

    You don’t have to commit to the same number of hours each week. You simply view the Elayos Google calendar & book out the appointments that you’re available for.

  • If you have medical experience you could be on hand to be birth support. When a client is 38 weeks pregnant we go “On-Call” for her 24/7 which means that we are on standby in case she goes into labour. When we get the call we either pick the client up & take her to the hospital or we meet at the hospital & remain with her, providing both physical & emotional support for the duration of the labour & delivery.

  • Do you have a couple of hours to spare during the week to become one of our postnatal support workers? This where we need the most help. Lots of ladies have had beautiful babies recently and we just can’t get round to see & support them as regularly as we’d like. We need volunteers to come alongside our new mums to help in practical ways; make them a cup of tea, hold the newborn so that mum can have a hot drink, put a washing load on, be a listening ear, walk round the corner with them to the local Stay & Play etc.

    Ideally this would be a regular slot that you take each week.

If you’re signing up to help with antenatal care then you need a full, clean driving licence & access to a car. As we are working with vulnerable adults, everyone is required to have a DBS which can be provided through Elayos.

NEWBIGIN COMMUNITY TRUST

Volunteer Opportunities: Various Times & Locations
Location: Winson Green
Contact: anji@newbiginhouse.uk

Newbigin House is an embedded urban mission based in Winson Green. We value inclusion and participation by all, however we actively work at trying to connect with those who are often excluded from mainstream society. Our vision is to see God’s transforming power at work in the lives of the poor and forgotten in our society. We love seeing the gifts that God has given to all those who live in our community and providing support so that those gifts can be used to make dreams come alive for the transformation of our neighbourhood. We passionately believe that as you build relationships here God will use you to share his love to the people you encounter.


Projects

  • Prison Visitor Centre

    Every day we run a Café in the HMP Visitors’ Centre (Winson Green Rd, Birmingham) at the heart of our community. Volunteers from the area work in the Café providing a hot meal and drinks from 10am-2pm. The Café is the perfect place for asylum seekers to gain work experience, so they have employable skills to put on their CV when they gain their right to work. The Café has a fun, lively atmosphere and is a great hub for the neighbourhood.

  • Community Meal 

    On Tuesdays Newbigin House is open to anyone who wants to join us for an evening meal. Our community meals are a great way to serve our neighbourhood not only by ensuring they are fed well but also by providing a vibrant, fun space for those that may otherwise be living or eating alone. You can help serve by preparing the meals, playing with the kids or simply showing up to chat and eat with the lonely in our community.

  • Homework Club

    Many of the parents in our neighbourhood don’t speak very much English and therefore when their children ask for help with their homework, they are unable to help them. Homework club is a space for kids from our local primary school to bring their homework and for volunteers to help them with it. We would particularly love university students to get involved in volunteering. However, we think it would be awesome to inspire the children to ‘dream big’ academically for their futures so anyone is welcomed! If you don’t have a DBS number on the update service, we will provide you with a DBS.

  • Swimming with kids with additional needs (SEN)

    There is little support for children with special educational needs in our area and specifically for their parents/careers. Because of this once a week we take a group of SEN kids to our local swimming pool where we hire out a pool for 30 minutes so that they have complete free reign to splash, play and work on their communication skills with the volunteers and other children.Due to the ratio of adults to children needed at the swimming pool, we would love more volunteers - this means we would be able to take more children with us! If you don’t have a DBS number on the update service, we will provide you with a DBS.

  • Ministry in the local Primary School Parent Hub 

    Based at the heart of Winson Green is Benson Community School; a three-form entry primary school in which Newbigin Trust has been invited to start a parent hub. The school have provided us with a building to gather parents once a week for a parents’ morning. We have weekly events/trips on Wednesdays to create a sense of community amongst the parents. Previous events have been trips to IKEA, Edwardian Tea Rooms and jewellery making mornings. If you have any particular skill (baking, sport, art etc.) and would like to come and teach our parents at the hub please let us know. We provide an advocacy service that further assists parents on the Thursday mornings where we help by taking people to doctors’ appointments, filing out benefits forms etc. If you don’t have a DBS number on the update service, we will provide you with a DBS.

  • Kids Club 

    Kids Club was an idea birthed by one of the mums in our neighbourhood who saw that many kids from the local primary school only ate a hot meal at school and often had nothing when they went home. As well as this she noticed that kids would have to play on the streets for hours after school due to lack of space in their overcrowded houses. Because of this we began our kids club; we collect around 20 kids from school, bring them back to Newbigin House and provide a hot meal and a fun activity. Activities range from crafts to sports to outings/trips. We run kids club on Thursday and Friday afternoons, and we need volunteers for either or both days. If you don’t have a DBS number on the update service, we will provide you with a DBS.

  • Youth Group

    Every Friday night we run a youth group for the local teenagers in our neighbourhood. The aim of our youth group is to engage with teenagers in Winson Green that get little support at home and therefore we try to plan fun/active outings. Previous trips have been to places such as 'Bounce' trampoline park, laser tag, farm visits and kick-boxing. If you know of any other places we could take our youth group for low cost but high-energy then don’t hesitate to let us know! We welcome as many volunteers as possible (we are in particular need of male volunteers at the moment) as the more volunteers we have the easier it is to have one on one conversations, and therefore making it easier to build lasting relationships with our youth. If you don’t have a DBS number on the update service, we will provide you with a DBS.

  • Fresh Expressions Church

    Everyone is welcome to join us at our 'Fresh Expression' church on Sunday. We gather for lunch at 1:30pm at Newbigin House then move to our beautiful yurt where we look at a short passage from the bible. We then have accessible and open chats about what it means, how it can be applied to our context and what it means to be followers of Jesus in our neighboured. We end with a time of worship and prayer together.

  • Prison Visits

    We have the amazing opportunity to help with prison visits every Thursday (between 9am and 11:30am) in the Winson Green prison. We are looking for people with particular skills to help run various actives including; workshops for the male prisoners, interactive 'father and child play', pampering and group craft sessions for mothers.

  • Church Services in Winson Green Prison

    We have an exciting opportunity twice a month to run chapel services within Winson Green prison. We are always looking for volunteers to help lead worship or to share in any way. 


We would love volunteers to get involved in some of the one-off community events we put on such as Easter and Christmas celebrations, summer BBQs, school sports days, holiday outings, Eid parties etc. These are great ways to connect with and meet more people from the neighbourhood.

We will provide full training when required.

We are so excited at the hope that more people will join us in bringing God’s kingdom to Winson Green by actively loving and raising up the lost, last, and least in our society.

Weekly Timetable

Monday

  • Prison Visitor Centre (10am-2pm)

Tuesday

  • Prison Visitor Centre (10am-2pm)

  • Community Meal (5pm-7pm)

Wednesday

  • Prison Visitor Centre (10am-2pm)

  • School Parents Hub (9am-12pm)

  • Homework Club (3pm-5pm)

  • Swimming with SEN Children (5:30pm-7:30pm)

Thursday

  • Prison Visitor Centre (10am-2pm)

  • Prison Visits inside the Prison (9-11:30)

  • School Parents Hub Advocacy Service (9am-12pm)

  • Kids Club (Aged 5-11) (2:30pm-5pm)

  • Homework Club (Aged 5-11) (3pm-5pm)

Friday

  • Prison Visitor Centre (10am-2pm)

  • Kids Club (Aged 5-11) (2:30pm-5pm)

  • Youth Group (Aged 12+) (7pm-9/10pm)

Sunday

  • Fresh Expressions Church (1:30pm-3:30pm)

  • Church services in Winson Green Prison (9:30am-10:30am)

STAY & PLAY @ GREAT COLMORE STREET

Volunteer Opportunities: Friday’s 9—11am (term time only) (people can volunteer weekly, biweekly or monthly)
Location: St Luke’s Great Colmore Street
Contact: martha.goshawk@gasstreet.org

Each week we meet with toys, games, songs and snacks for under 5s and their Grown Ups. We aim to provide an encouraging environment, full of friendship, support and fun! We love our local community, and hope to build relationships & connections, and share the light & love of Jesus too!

We would love to hear from you if you’re good at:

  • chatting and engaging with parents and carers, particularly families who speak English as an additional language

  • playing and interacting with children under 5

  • encouraging and supporting families

  • making and serving drinks and snacks

  • setting up and packing down toys and activities

We will be running DBS checks as part of our commitment to safeguarding children.

THE LIGHT PROJECT

Volunteer Opportunities: TBC
Location: TBC
Contact: lightproject@gasstreet.org

TBC