Could you be a Shared Lives carer?

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Training and work opportunities with Birmingham City Council

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Optimum Skills

Are you over the age of 19 and seeking work or an apprenticeship?

Do you want to learn valuable work related skills and gain new qualifications?

Do you want to gain valuable work experience with Birmingham City Council with opportunities to progress onto an Apprenticeship or direct employment within the Birmingham City area?

Birmingham City Council in partnership with Optimum skills Limited have numerous work placement opportunities and are now recruiting.

The twelve week programme will consist of:

  • One week’s employability skills induction training (including completion of a Level 1 Certificate in Employability Skills) in the classroom to prepare you for your work experience within the council environment, where you will gain valuable life skills and qualifications;
  • Work experience placement in your chosen pathway (over four days a week); part of this placement will include study towards a Level 1 Certificate in Customer Service
  • Proactive work preparation support, references, and interview opportunities for apprenticeship and job progression.

The opportunities are available immediately and enrolment will be on a monthly basis.

Business Administration work experience will include supporting Landlord Services and other city council departments with day to day duties including answering phones, data inputting, customer queries, filing, collating information etc. This opportunity will give you sufficient work experience to build your competencies to prove to potential employers that you are capable of an apprenticeship in a similar field or for direct job vacancies that exist.

Property and caretaking work experience will be working outdoors. You will work within Landlord Services in small teams throughout Birmingham City Council undertaking duties that will include painting, cleaning, environmental maintenance, garden clearing and maintenance, snow clearance and gritting and supporting Housing Supervisors ensure that resident’s satisfaction remains high and customer requirements are met.

In partnership with Birmingham City Council, Optimum Skills have developed this programme to progress your personal and social development, improving your work related skills around attitude and behaviour in a work environment. This is a pioneering new opportunity, with the full support of many major employers that are working locally.

Are you?

  • 19 years of age and over?
  • Currently unemployed and claiming job seeking benefits?
  • Committed to updating your skills and knowledge through completion of qualifications and work experience placement?
  • Able to commit to a 12 week programme?

If you are interested please call 01325 311832 and ask to speak to someone about Traineeships or text Ian Barnhurst on 07850493995.

Get Active in Shard End and Tile Cross


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Post Offices on the move

I’ve received word from Post Office Ltd that two of our local Post Offices are on the move to new locations, albeit just a short distance away from their current homes.

The Heath Way branch will move just a few doors up from 209 Heath Way to the Costcutter supermarket at 197-199 Heath Way, with effect from 19 March.  The office will be open from 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday, providing the same wide range of services available at the previous branch, but with the addition of a Car Tax service.  Some Post Office products will also be available from the main shop counter, each day of the week (including Sundays) from 6am to 11pm.

Meanwhile, the Lea Village branch will be crossing the Kitts Green Road and relocating to the Loco store, opposite its present location.  Post Office products and services will be provided from the main retail counter each day from 7am to 11pm, with effect from 23 March.

Enjoy a Welcome Change!

There’s a whole range of activities for people of all ages at the Welcome Change Community Centre and Cafe on Ownall Road. 

Please take a look at their programme of winter activities by following this link.

Shard End is active!

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Christmas and New Year refuse collection

A number of  residents have contacted me regarding arrangements for collecting refuse over the festive period. I’ve had an email from the Council setting out the details, which I’ve reproduced below.

I hope all residents and readers have a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!


Subject: Refuse and Recycling Collections over Christmas and New Year

Dear Councillor

I am writing to you to let you know about the collection schedule for refuse and recycling collections over the Christmas and New Year period.

As usual, scheduled household collections will not take place on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. All other collection dates will remain unchanged.

Refuse Collection

  • Collections due on Thursday 25th December will be made on Thursday 1st January 2015
  • Collections due on Friday 26th December will be made on Friday 2nd January 2015

and weekly thereafter.

Paper and mixed recycling collection

  • Collections due on Thursday 25th December will be made on Thursday 8th January 2015
  • Collections due on Friday 26th December will be made on Friday 9th January 2015

and fortnightly thereafter.

Household Recycling Centres

  • The five Household Recycling Centres will be closed only on 25th and 26th December.

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It is recognised that additional waste is produced by many residents over the Christmas and New Year period (and other Festive periods) and side waste may be presented by households for collections between Monday 29th December and Friday 9th January.

Yours sincerely

 Tommy Wallace
Director of Fleet and Waste Management

Annual Police Report

Our Shard End Ward Police team have published their annual report.  Click here to download a copy.


Christmas comes to Tile Cross

Following successful Christmas lights events in Shard End and Lea Village, this week the festive spirit is coming to Tile Cross.  Hope to see you there!

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Help brighten up Bell Lane!

The new Tile Cross Residents Neighbourhood Forum have arranged a Bulb Planting Day for this coming Sunday, 12 October, at the Tile Cross shopping area on Bell Lane.  See below for details. Hope to see you there!

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