Making change in Druids Heath
Making change: Councillor Eva Phillips at the Druids Heath event with (left to right) NatWest’s Lee Currier, Steve McCabe, MP for Selly Oak, Jadeial Millwood from Maypole Youth Centre and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Mike Leddy.

Young People In Druids Heath Set To Make A Change

UnLtd is working with a group of organisations in Birmingham to provide new opportunities for young people in Druids Heath to make a difference in their communities and make money.

The ‘Make Change’ initiative is the brainchild of local councillor Eva Phillips. UnLtd set up a joint fund with RBS & NatWest to fund young people aged 11-21 from the area to set up community projects and social enterprises.

Lots of young people attended a launch event at the Maypole Youth Centre in Druids Heath on 31 January, which was attended by local dignitaries including MPs and The Lord Mayor. The Princes Trust, Birmingham Leadership Foundation, UnLtd, NatWest and Birmingham City Council provided advice and guidance as part of the initiative.

Young people pitched their ideas to a panel of experts on board the NatWest Business bus for a chance to pick up support from UnLtd and NatWest, and grant packages of up to £500 each towards their projects.

Adam Bradford, Development Manager at UnLtd, said: “Make Change is the start of a new lease of life for Druids Heath and the people who live in the area. We were really pleased to be involved in the event and to show how social and community enterprises can make a difference and make money.

“Young people from the area who we’ve jointly awarded with RBS will be able to tackle important social issues and start to earn a living for themselves because of this project.”

Ideas being funded include:

  • A community programme to bring old and younger people together in the area
  • A youth-led music production including an album to take into schools, tackling knife crime
  • Motivational workshops and sports programme to increase young people’s self esteem

Lee Currier, regional enterprise manager for NatWest, said: “At NatWest, we’re passionate about inspiring enterprise and entrepreneurial spirit in our communities. This project is all about making a real difference to local people. Together with our partner organisations, we are determined to make a positive change in Druids Heath for the benefit of the community.”

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