Welcome to the Birchfield 'Our Bigger Story' website. This is part of the multi media evaluation of 15 Big Local areas in England. The website is an opportunity to follow what is changing in Birchfield as a result of Big Local over a ten year period.

The aim of the website is to share the learning from everything that is happening in Birchfield with other Big Local areas and highlight what works in communities with a wider audience of practitioners and policy makers.

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  • April 21, 2017 Film

    ATHAC and Big Local – 21/4/17 This film introduces the work of ATHAC (Access to Heritage, Arts and Culture) in Birchfield. ATHAC is a locally run social enterprise which supports children with disabilities to access creative and environmental activities which have enhanced their educational attainment.

  • November 14, 2016 Film

    This film records Christmas Celebrations at Birchfield Big Local. On addition to Christmas carols, music and poetry readings certificates were awarded to participants in the English Conversation and IT classes – as well as celebrating the work of Big Local volunteers.

  • October 6, 2016 Film

    Andrew Simons looks back on a year in the life of Birchfield Big Local. The highlights include the work of the Birchfield Environment Group, the Secret Garden development, Birchfield in Bloom, playschemes and family fun days – and much more.

  • October 6, 2016 Film

    Shaida Nagis talks about how a Birchfield Big Local small grant helped to develop the School+ project. The project provides additional homework support for children from local primary schools and, in particular, supports newly arrived children with learning English.

  • October 6, 2016 Film

    Yunus Memi talks about how a Big Local small grant helped get young people involved in litter picking and improving the environment in Birchfield.

  • October 6, 2016 Film

    This film introduces the work of Birchfield Big Local. It focuses particularly on the use of small grants, and support from UnLtd, to develop sustainable local social enterprises. These include Hope Acupuncture Clinic, School+ (homework club), Eco Gardening Services and holiday playschemes

  • October 5, 2016 Film

    Out of School provision – 5/10/16 In this film Dorothy Dixon talks about developing nursery provision and picking up a closed down out of school club for children in Birchfield – and the support received from the Big Local.

  • September 6, 2016 Film

    Dr Rhonda Lee talks about developing the Hope Acupuncture Clinic as an affordable social enterprise service for local residents – and supported by Birchfield Big Local. Some of those attending the clinic also talk about the health benefits of the services provided by the Hope Acupuncture Centre.

  • June 2, 2016 Film

    In this film members of the Birchfield Big Local partnership talk about what Big Local has achieved in the community and their hopes for the future. In particular they highlight the role of volunteers in delivering local services against the Big Local’s objectives and efforts to promote social enterprise as a means of strengthening the local economy.

  • April 22, 2016 Film

    In this film local residents talk about the benefits of volunteering with Birchfield Big Local: the skills and knowledge they have ganed and how they hope this will lead to employment.