Birmingham Gangs and Violence Commission – Supporting Community Development and Access to Funding

BVSC is one of the partners working in response to the Birmingham Gangs and Violence Commission set up by David Jamieson, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.

Funding from the Commission has enabled BVSC to engage a Strategic Fundraising Manager, Ian Henshaw, to support the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and VCSE organisations to access funding opportunities. Over the past 12 months Ian has delivered training on funding to more than 100 learners from organisations across Birmingham. Follow up with organisations who attended has demonstrated the effectiveness of the training. New organisations like FORM180 CIC have been supported to access funding through the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Building Blocks Charity.

Success in securing Home Office Early Intervention Youth Funding (EIYF) has provided £2.1 million of project activity in the West Midlands. In Birmingham, funding from the Commissioner and EIYF is supporting more than 25 projects across the city that are engaging young people in a wide range of activities including mentoring and diversionary projects. The cul-de-sac project in Erdington and Castle Vale is delivered by Compass Support and is helping raise awareness of the impact knife crime and violence has on the local community and help provide support for young people at risk of becoming a perpetrator or victim.

BVSC has also secured funding to employ two Community Development Coordinators. They are working closely with the Gangs and Violence Commission to help develop community-led approaches to engage and support their communities.

The Community Development Coordinators’ main role is to offer practical support for small Voluntary and Community organisations who are delivering activities to young people or have ideas to engage young people. The sorts of organisations being targeted include those utilising sports and arts-based approaches; faith-based; offer health and wellbeing support; provide education and employability support, or simply have an interest in young people.

If you would like further information please contact:

South Birmingham – Trevor Walsh: [email protected]

North Birmingham – Ann Strachan: [email protected]