We Want Your Unwanted Items

Junkbusters BHFThe 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.


Community Wardens JBThe 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).


JB CollectionsBags will then be collected from student doorsteps by the junkbusters,  riding on ECO1,  the environmentally friendly milk float, from midday on Friday 22nd March.

For more info and to find out more go to the Junkbusters web-page – guildofstudents.com/junkbusters

Interested in networking in Selly Oak or Edgbaston? Need social media advice and help? Come to the Social Media Surgery at Pritchatts Park on 6th March

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:

  • Selly Oak – These will be taking place on Wednesday 6th March and 3rd April.  They will be held from 3-4:30pm at the Pritchatts Park Social Centre, UoB campus, Edgbaston, B15 2TT
  • Edgbaston – Thursday 7th March, 4th April and 9th May.  They will be held from 5-6:30pm at the Church of the Redeemer, Monument Road, Edgbaston, B16 8UU

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!

Webchat success and thanks – over 600 people follow live Selly Oak Constituency webchat with Inspector Simon Inglis

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.

Selly Oak Multi-Agency Day Today – meet and greet, questions and answers, advice, useful freebies

Welcome to Selly Oak/Welcome Back Stand on University Campus 2011/12Today 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:

Birmingham City Council App for Smartphones now available – information and reporting on the move

BCC Smartphone App


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:

  • Browse council jobs
  • Find and get directions to any leisure centre, library, school, museum, or household recycling centre in the city
  • Keep up with BCC news and any disruption to services
  • Get contact details for your councillor
  • Check school term dates
  • Report a problem with rubbish bags or recycling boxes
  • Request street cleaning
  • Report faulty street lights and street name plates
  • Request rubbish bags and recycling boxes if you are a new occupier
  • Report dumped rubbish (fly-tipping)
  • Report a missed rubbish collection
  • Report a pot hole

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.

New household and waste bin collections coming to Selly Oak/Bournbrook – Look out for your new wheelie bin from Thursday 31st January

Wheelie BinsLook out for your new wheeled bin being delivered on Thursday 31st January and Friday 1st February with the first wheeled bin collections taking place from Wednesday 6th February.

Why is the area getting new household bins?

  • It is in response to the long-term concerns of local residents and to improve the cleanliness of the area.
  • We will review the new collection method after three months.

Who are getting these bins?

  • Dawlish Road, Tiverton Road, Hubert Road, Teignmouth Road, Exeter Road and Dartmouth Road will receive the new bins.  This is specific to your area and not to be confused with any other waste management pilot programmes in the city.

What size is the new bin?

  • If you live in a house of multiple occupancy (e.g. student flats or housing) you will receive a 360 litere bin (equivalent to 4.5 black sacks).
  • A smaller 180 litre bin is available for those residents who would prefer it (equivalent to 2.25 black sacks), see contact details below.

Benefits of your new household waster collections:

  • Reduces untidy front garden problems.
  • Safe from animals tearing black sacks open.
  • Helps keep the streets clean.
  • Your new wheeled bin is for all household waste apart from paper and cardboard.

How often and when?

  • The weekly waste collection on Wednesday will not change.
  • Fortnightly paper recylcing collections and garden waste will not change.
  • Due to low take up of mixed recylcling in the area, plastic bottles, tins and glass will not be collected from Wednesday 6th February.  We have improve the street-based recylcing centres – Wheeled Bins_Map & Useful Info_Jan2013.

All we ask is if you could please:

  • Leave your bin at the point of storage but clearly visible and accessible for collection.
  • Keep your bin clean.
  • Use your existing blue or green recylcling boxes for cardboard and paper only for fortnightly collections from Wednesday 6th February.
  • Take your glass, cans and plastic bottles to the local recylcing facilities shown on the map – Wheeled Bins_Map & Useful Info_Jan2013

If you do not receive, lose or damage your wheeled bin or need a replacement paper and cardboard recycling  box, please contact:

  • liffordcustomer support@birmingham.gov.uk
  • 0121 303 6926

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