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The Guild of Students has teamed up with the University of Birmingham for a second year running to deliver the Junkbusters initiative. The junkbusters, a team of student volunteers, will collect unwanted items from homes within in Selly Oak; these items are then donated to the British Heart Foundation (BHF) – the nation’s heart charity. Last year, a staggering 1,128 bags were donated raising in excess of £9,000 for BHF. To see pictures and information from last year click here.
The Community Wardens, students employed by the Guild of Students to make the local area safer, cleaner and greener, will post bags through student letter boxes from Thursday 14th March. Students are encouraged to fill these bags with their unwanted items: clothes, shoes, CDs and DVDs, kitchen accessories and crockery, stationery, books, small electrical items in full working order e.g. kettles, lamps, hairdryers, audio equipment, and toasters (no rice cookers).
For more info and to find out more go to the Junkbusters web-page – guildofstudents.com/junkbusters
PODNOSH and Birmingham City Council, along with local volunteers are providing the opportunity for some one to one and group practical help and advice with any social media queries, ideas, projects etc. that you might have. The surgeries also provide an opportunity to develop further links with people from your area who also want to develop a social media presence and skills.
The dates and details of the surgeries are:
To register your attendance at any of these surgeries and for more information about them you can go to http://socialmediasurgery.com/surgeries/edgbaston-harborne-and-selly-oak.
A bit more about Social Media Surgeries:
PODNOSH and volunteers are offering social media help to voluntary organisations, community groups, charities, clubs, BCC, WMP and WMFS staff, as well as societies in a relaxed, informal setting.
No boring speeches, no jargon.
Tools like blogs, podcasts, video and social networks can give a real boost to campaigning organisations, often for no or little cost. So these experts are offering you approachable one-to-one help and support because they believe it can help. You might just want to see what is possible and go away and think about it. You might be itching to set up a blog and start using it. Perhaps you think video might help you tell your story but don’t know where to start? All is possible.
There’ll be no lectures, just people with knowledge, ideas and a passion to help you make best use of the internet for your group or organisation.
If you’re coming along to offer some help don’t forget your laptop!
Thanks to everyone who followed and supported the hyperlocal web chat with Selly Oak constituency inspector Simon Inglis yesterday evening. The webchat, a first for Selly Oak, was really useful with more than 600 people viewing it live. There were a further 250 have viewed it on replay despite and it was also featured on the BBC Local website and can be found online on our website.
It was fantastic to have a record number of live views (even more than our forcewide Counter Terrorism web chat!) and it was even more fantastic to see that almost all of the 50 questions asked were from local people.
The web chat will remain archived so that people who weren’t able to view it live can still see what was said. We are extremely keen to build links with all our hyper local bloggers and websites as you guys really are at the heart of the community. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.
The web chat should now be archived and to view the replay/transcript just click here.
Today staff from West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, University of Birmingham, Guild of Students and Birmingham City Council will be back on campus and in Selly Oak welcoming students back to Selly Oak after the Christmas and New Year break.
There will be a stand outside the Grange Road entrance to campus from 11am-3pm where students can pick up advice and literature about anything from burglaries to fire safety, housing rights and advice to refuse and recycling collections. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the wheelie bins coming to Selly Oak later this week (for more info click here).
There will also be a number of free and practical items to take away such as timer switches, property marking kits and safe-cans for instance to help protect your home, as well as the opportunity to sign up to Selly Watch and register your phone and/or laptop onto the national property database (Immobilise)
From 4-8pm officers and staff will then be out and about in Selly Oak door-knocking and speaking to students at home to provide advice, particularly where issues are picked up on the doorstep.
You can follow the day on twitter via:
The free Birmingham City Council app for iPhone and all other web enabled smart phones is now available. A couple of councils in the UK have already got apps however this is the first app of its kind which is fully integrated and enables people to report a problem on their phone which then automatically generates a job for officers in the back office.
Currently included in the ‘report it’ portion of the app the top 10 most requested services (with the exception of Housing Repairs) are covered and providing it becomes a success more options will follow.
Using this app you can:
For iPhone users search for “Birmingham City Council” in the app store.
For non-iPhone users use the following link to download / access the app.
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