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Donate Unwanted Digital Devices

The Muath Trust are currently accepting donations for unwanted digital devices to support local people to get connected online.

Throughout the pandemic the Muath Trust found many older people in the community isolated and unable to connect with family and friends, but we can make a difference.

Unwanted desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, or smart phones in good condition and less than 5 years old can be donated. Existing data will be thoroughly removed, and the item will be gifted to local people, along with the support needed for them to get online.

To donate a device:

See the flyer here for more information.

Chamberlain Highbury Trust – Trustee Recruitment

The Chamberlain Highbury Trust was set up nearly 6 years ago and some of their original Trustees are coming to the end of their 2 terms.

Do you want to be part of shaping Highbury’s future and sharing this asset with more people?

Will you help run the heritage business and educational visitor attraction, with an ambition to support local start-up businesses, and be a great example of a sustainability hub for a green future?

Do you think you have what it takes to enliven and reimagine the heritage and history of places like Highbury, the family home in Birmingham of Joseph Chamberlain?

Are you up for the challenge of managing a multi-million-pound project to restore Highbury and keep it open for today’s visitors and future generations?

If your answers are “Yes”, Chamberlain Highbury Trust wants to recruit people like you to help run Highbury as a visitor attraction and as the centre for their programme of youth leadership education.

The application process is open from now until 12 noon on Tuesday 5th October 2021.

More information on the role and application process can be seen on the Chamberlain Highbury Trust website here.

Coronavirus Update 01.09.21

England remains in Step 4 of the government’s roadmap, meaning guidance emphasising personal judgement and responsibility takes the place of the majority of legal COVID restrictions. We need to remain cautious and remember that the pandemic is not yet over. We must still work together to continue to carefully manage the virus over the coming months. For more information about Step 4 and how you can do your bit to stay safe, please see the gov.uk website here.

Birmingham City Council’s dashboard of Covid-19 information for the week ending 22nd August can be seen here.  Across Birmingham, the number of cases decreased this week by 179 cases.

Hospital admissions across the city again remained at similar levels to recent weeks, ranging between 29 and 56 new cases a day. There were 18 deaths from COVID-19 reported for the week in Birmingham, which is 10 more than the previous week.

The overall rates of testing decreased again in the past 7 days, as did the percentage of those testing positive. All adults who don’t have symptoms are encouraged to test regularly using the free rapid lateral flow tests. You can order free at-home tests here, and testing kits are also available at our local network of community pharmacies.

Spread appears to be primarily occurring through household, social and workplace interactions, but it isn’t inevitable and www.germdefence.org can help.

People aged 16 and over are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Some children aged 12 to 15 who have a higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, or who live with someone at high risk of catching it, are also eligible for the vaccine.

Adults aged 18 or over can book a vaccination, or manage an existing appointment, here, or can schedule a vaccination by calling 119. Under-16’s cannot use this service and will be contacted by the NHS to arrange an appointment, however some walk-in centres are now vaccinating this age group.

Walk-in vaccination clinics are still taking place at locations across Birmingham and Solihull for first doses and those eligible to receive a second dose, with some offering the vaccine to ages 16+. Walk-in clinic locations, times and age-ranges can be checked here.

 

 

Moseley Farmers’ and Arts Markets – This Saturday! 28th August

Moseley Farmers’ Market and Moseley Arts Market will be held this Saturday 28th August, 9am to 2pm. The markets are “becoming more normal by having stalls closer together”, but the traders may still not be in their usual places so please do ask if you can’t find a particular stall or food.

The markets will be in the centre of Moseley Village and will have as many usual stalls as possible selling a huge range of produce to cater for everyone’s needs; whether it be fruit and vegetables, cheeses and wine, pies, beer or samosas. Everything available is guaranteed to be local and the produce is reared, grown or processed by the stallholders: it’s a certified real Farmers’ Market. There will also be stallholders selling non-local food for the benefit of the community such as olives, fish, unusual cheeses and coffee beans & tea leaves. These are placed on the edge of the Farmers Market area, with the Arts Market stalls across the main street.

Moseley Park and Pool will also be open to the public.

Please remain mindful of the guidelines to enjoy the markets safely; see more information here.

 

Birmingham Welcomes Afghan Refugees

Birmingham is a ‘City of Sanctuary’ and a ‘Mi-Friendly’ (migration-friendly) City.

Cllr John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities, has released a statement on Birmingham welcoming refugees from Afghanistan:

“As a City of Sanctuary and a Mi-Friendly City, Birmingham will of course welcome refugees fleeing Afghanistan and we’ve already agreed to accommodate 80 Afghan interpreters and their families, the first of which are now starting to arrive. This is a compassionate city and we will work with partners to ensure that the new arrivals are made to feel welcome as they start to build new lives here.”

The full statement can be read here.