General

Elections This Thursday

The elections are coming up fast! You can have your say in the elections on Thursday 6th May: Cast your vote for Mayor of the West Midlands, and Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

The Electoral Commission has worked with Mencap, RNIB, and United Response, on helpful easy-read guides to voting in May’s elections.

Find out more about the candidates for both roles by entering your postcode here.

Type of voting system: Regional Mayors and PCC’s are elected using the Supplementary Vote system. You make a first and second choice when you vote. If no candidate gets more than 50% of the first choice votes, all except the top 2 candidates are eliminated. If your first choice candidate is eliminated, and your second choice is for one of the top 2, your second choice is counted.

Coronavirus Emergency: If you have Covid19 symptoms or need to self isolate, do not visit the polling station. If you’re already registered to vote, you’ll be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote by completing the form here and sending it to the local electoral registration office to arrive by 5pm on Thursday 6th May:

Birmingham City Council

Electoral Registration Officer

Council House

Victoria Square

B1 1BB

Phone: 0121 303 2731

Email: elections@birmingham.gov.uk

Website: www.birmingham.gov.uk/elections

You can also contact the electoral registration team to find out if you’re on the electoral register, and if you already have a postal or proxy vote.

Moseley Iftar 2021

Join our breaking of fast with the Moseley Iftar during the Muslim month of Ramadan, this Friday 7th May at 8pm. A vegetarian selection of snacks and treats will be delivered to your door and you can engage in our vibrant Zoom gathering to connect and celebrate with our Moseley community.

Packs will include a samosa, fruit, dates and a cake, plus a surprise gift. We have 200 packs to be delivered within B13 postcodes.

The theme for this year’s Moseley Iftar is Hope, Harmony and Happiness. Full details of the virtual gathering can be seen here. Places are limited: please register in advance here. Moseley Iftar looks forward to welcoming you.

This event is made possible through the time, skills and funds of local partners: Near Neighbours; St. Mary’s Church Moseley; SFI; Moseley Community Development Trust; Moseley Together. It would also not be possible without our volunteers – thank you!

 

Caring For a Young person with SEND?

Birmingham’s “Local Offer” website is now live, here, with details of help, advice and information about the services available for children and young people from birth to 25 years with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND).

The Local Offer is the range of local agencies including education, health and social care the Local Authority has available to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities and their families.  Each Local Authority has a duty to publish this information on a Local Offer Website so that it is all in one place.

 

Preventing Garage Burglaries

With the weather warming up, and the easing of lockdown restrictions allowing us to get back to some normality, West Midlands Police asks us to give some thought to crime prevention.

Ahead of the long summer months we need to be making sure we are keeping our garages and garden sheds secure. Many of our sheds contain a lot of high value items such as tools, mowers, bikes etc. We’re reminded that these storage areas are really an extension of our homes and the same level of security should apply. Tools taken from garages and sheds are often used by offenders to further break and enter into our homes, and we must take care to prevent this from happening.

Please make sure you are securing your sheds, garages and outside storage, not forgetting allotments, with strong bolts and padlocks. Ensuring good security lighting where necessary is always a bonus.  All these things will help deter thieves. You can visit the West Midlands Police website here for specific crime prevention please advice.

 

Age-friendly Birmingham

Birmingham is applying to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Age-friendly Cities scheme to be recognised as an Age-friendly City. A questionnaire has been launched as part of the process of designing the application, which is being done in conjunction with older people from all parts of the city and from all backgrounds.

Eight themes essential to growing older in an Age-friendly CIty have been identified and the survey is designed to link with these themes.

The survey accepts responses from people over the age of 40 but is particularly interested in respondents aged 50+. Take part in the survey here.