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Warren farm community project Birmingham

New Heights Community Project provides wide-ranging support to people throughout the Kingstanding area of Birmingham.

/media/community-projects/library/newheights2.jpgIt was initially established by a group of people from Christ the King parish in Kingstanding when Father Michael White moved into the area in 2003. Their aim was to play a key part in empowering a socially deprived community with complex problems to find and manage solutions to their difficulties. They wished to help create a community that would be vibrant and have high aspirations.


Over the years the charity has achieved a remarkable transformation. They purchased a local shop and transformed into a Community Café, staffed by volunteers. After a few years the Café was extended to include several meeting rooms, offices and counselling rooms. Not content with this, the charity developed and opened a new purpose-built community centre, St John’s.

Thanks to the dynamism of the staff and the support of the Board and volunteers, a remarkable range of services have been provided through the hub of the Community Café and St John’s.

The Café allows local people to meet and socialise, and also provides a base for training, counselling, advocacy and much more. Older residents can take part in a Silver Surfers group and attend social clubs to socialise and have fun. Various youth groups use the centre, allowing young people to meet and take part in a wide range of activities. The centres also host carers groups, mental health drop-in services, debt advisory services and support groups that serve the local need.  

New Heights is committed to working with other statutory and voluntary agencies and local councillors to bring in whatever services can be provided to the local community. 

Father Hudson’s Care became involved in the New Heights project at the invitation of Father Michael White. He asked Father Hudson’s to fund initial research into the needs of the area, which was then used in funding bids.

Subsequently, when they were in a position to employ a member of staff, Father Hudson’s oversaw the recruitment of first the Community Development Worker and then the Volunteer Manager. 

Over the last nine years the support has continued, with regular line management supervision. When the project became a charity in September 2007, they invited Father Hudson’s Head of Community Projects to become part of the New Heights Board. This involvement has continued ever since, as has the HR support.

The work of the project has been recognised by many bodies and New Heights has received many awards including:

  •          The Queen’s award for Voluntary service
  •          The Prime Minister’s Big Society award
  •          The RegenWM Best Community Engagement of the Decade in the West Midlands award
  •          The Everyday Impact Award for Long‐term Enterprises at the DSC Social Change awards

It is also been a finalist in:

  •          The National Lottery’s award for Best voluntary group
  •          The BIFFA  award for best Community and Culture  building 

To find out more, visit www.new-heights.org.uk or call 0121 386 4345 for the drop in centre or 0121 384 2333 for the Community Café.

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