Careers Fair February 28th 2014

The Centre for the Aston Family will be holding a Careers Day on February 28th from 10am to 3pm. This is in partnership with the National Careers Service and is open to all age groups. See the poster below for more info:


Aston Voice Residents’ Association

The Aston Voice Residents’ Association will be holding a meeting on Wednesday 12th February 2014 from 6.00pm to 7.30pm at Cherwell Gardens Common Room, Cherwell Gardens, Mansfield Road, Aston B6 6BJ.

All residents from the area bordered by Victoria Road, Birchfield Road, Trinity Road and Bevington Road are welcome to attend. Encourage your neighbours to come along too.

For more information see the flyer below or visit

Linx Youth Service Providers Day

On Saturday 26th October, the Linx Event will be taking place at the The Lighthouse, Alma Way, Newtown. It has been organised by Aston Neighbourhood Police Team to showcase to all young people and parents in Aston, Newtown, Lozells and surrounding areas what opportunities there are for them during the October half term week and beyond.

Come along from 11 am till 4 pm for free activities, check out the stalls and have some cake or a drink. The Birmingham Settlement Children’s Centre will also have a stall there so pop by to have a chat and see what services we have to offer you!

Could you become a digital inclusion volunteer and help build your community?

We are looking for volunteers to get involved in our work as  UK Online centre.  UK online is a new campaign to bridge the ever widening digital gap that prevents some members of our community from reaping the full potential of the internet from sopping safely online, learning about health to reconnecting with loved ones.  This is a very flexible project and we want our volunteers to feel free to contribute their own ideas and approaches.

The main role for our volunteers is to train others in some basic IT skills right through to more challenging aspects such as email and navigating government websites for job searches.   Some volunteers may want to teach a whole class, others may want to provide 1:1 support.  You may not be interested in training at all and want to be a part of the project in a way we haven’t thought of  yet and might not do until you get in touch.  Part of the project is about building an awareness in the community that free IT training is available and could improve their lives and could pioneer our aim of generating an online community conversation.  We need your help to get Birmingham online accessing the services they have a right to.

Are you worried you haven’t got enough computer know how to take part?  You could be trained and become a trainer yourself and your progress would serve to inspire others.

UK Online offer basic training….

  • How to use a keyboard and mouse
  • How to search and explore the internet
  • How to keep in touch with email
  • How to stay safe online
  • The basics of using online public services

As well as more training on….

  • How to complete online forms
  • How to find and apply for jobs online
  • Shopping online
  • Using Facebook and socialising online
  • Understanding public services online
  • Making the most of your money, and budgeting
  • Online banking

There is no place in our city for messages of hate

With protests planned for the city centre this weekend, we, the undersigned wish to make it clear that Birmingham is not a city that tolerates extremism in any shape or form.

Together we are committed to a progressive, safe and inclusive city, free from discrimination and all forms of extremism.

This is a city of many communities, nationalities and creeds – all harmoniously living and working side by side. Any attempt to disrupt that harmony will not succeed and will merely have a detrimental effect on the city economy, damaging shops and businesses as people opt to stay away.

We support and defend everyone’s right to free speech. But to any individual or organisation promoting messages of hate and intolerance, our collective response as a city is very clear: You will not create divisions and you will not destroy our unity.

There is no place in our city for messages of hate. There is no place for intolerance and there is no place for violence or extremism of any kind.

Signed by:

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council

Cllr Mike Whitby, Leader, Conservative Party, Birmingham City Council

Cllr Paul Tilsley, Leader, Liberal Democrats, Birmingham City Council

Right Reverend David Urquhart – Bishop of Birmingham

The Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham

Rabbi Yossi Jacobs, Singers Hill Synagogue

Mr Abdul Rashid, Treasurer, Birmingham Central Mosque

Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi, Birmingham Progressive Synagogue

Major Samuel Edgar, West Midlands Commander, Salvation Army

Bhai Sahib Bhai Dr Mohinder Singh, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha

Mr Sewa Singh Mandla, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha

Bob Jones – Police and Crime Commissioner, West Midlands Office for Policing and Crime

Information About Town Centre Protests

Dear Sir / Madam,

As you may already be aware, there is a protest taking place in Birmingham city centre on Saturday (20 July).

The English Defence League (EDL) will be protesting in Centenary Square and have agreed with police to be there from 2pm to 4pm.

A counter demonstration will also be held in Chamberlain Square by groups opposed to the EDL at the same time.

Both parties have conducted protests previously in the West Midlands and across the country at which a number of people have been arrested.

West Midlands Police have no powers to ban such events but our officers, along with our partners at Birmingham City Council, will be striving to ensure the city centre is open as usual for people unconnected with either event.

We are committed to facilitating lawful and peaceful protests, but we understand that communities, locations or individuals may feel vulnerable.

We have spent many weeks planning for today’s protest, talking to community representatives, businesses and organisations that may be affected.

Significant resources will be on hand to provide visible reassurance to all those visiting the city centre and we aim to ensure that the good reputation of the city is not tainted.

Birmingham is a harmonious city with many different cultures living alongside each other in peace. Our policing operation will strive to ensure it remains that way.

If you have any concerns or questions relating to the operation, we urge you to contact West Midlands Police by calling us on 101.

Updates regarding the policing operation on the day can be found at: or by following @WMPolice on Twitter.

Yours faithfully,

West Midlands Police

Aston Ward Committee 18 June 2013

The next Aston Ward Committee for local residents will take place on Tuesday 18th June 2013 at 6.30pm at the Newtown Community Centre, Newbury Road, B19 2SW. This is your chance to meet your local Councillors and hear reports on City Council Services and local issues. You will also be able to raise items on the local area that are important to you. For more information take a look at the document below.

Aston Ward Committee 18 June 2013