School-Community Partnerships Could Coproduce Better Outcomes for SEND Children

Children’s Quarter is promoting the case for formalising and supporting the school-community partnerships that some of our members – both schools and community groups – have been coproducing for years.  What we mean by a school-community partnership is an arrangement between one or more schools and one or more community groups to collaborate to support…Read moreRead more

Spring Into Action with Fit for All

Fit for All springs into action over the Easter holidays with inclusive play and youth services and healthy meals for disabled and vulnerable children at locations across Birmingham. Thanks to support from Government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme, Children’s Quarter members will be running sessions during the Easter school holidays. The sessions make up part…Read moreRead more

Green Light for Inclusive Easter Holiday Clubs

Inclusive play and youth services for disabled and vulnerable children will be running in Birmingham during the Easter school holidays.  The Fit for All programme run by Children’s Quarter members successfully bid for just over £50,000 to run holiday activity and healthy food sessions across the city during the two week school break.  The sessions…Read moreRead more

CQ Members Serve Up Holiday Help

Our Members provided more than 12,000 meals and thousand of hours of inclusive sessions for children and youth people during the Summer Holidays.  In Birmingham, 19 CQ Member groups worked together through our Fit For All project – part of the city’s Bring It On Brum programme of holiday activities and food.  In Solihull, Meriden…Read moreRead more

Celebrating Communities Grants

Celebrating Communities is a £2m fund run by Birmingham City Council which provides small grants (£100-£10,000) for projects to help mark – and connect communities to – next year’s Commonwealth Games in the city.  The deadline for round 1 proposals is 1 June 2021 for projects starting from October 2021.  There will be a further…Read moreRead more

HAF Fund Members’ Update 2

Thursday  6 May 2021 10-11am online Children’s Quarter has been campaigning to make sure government-funded holiday clubs are inclusive and  that groups with commitment and expertise in inclusive services are involved in delivering them.  This session is an update for members and supporters on the progress we have made in making sure: there can be…Read moreRead more

Develop Local Potential to Serve SEND Children Right

Councils are working out how to spend an increase in the higher needs block funding they get to provide education to SEND children.  In Birmingham, the Council is encouraging mainstream schools to improve the way they serve vulnerable children through partnerships aimed at developing local potential.  In the light of widespread off-rolling of SEND children…Read moreRead more

Make Holiday Clubs ‘Fit For All’

Children’s Quarter wants SEND children to be able to take part in inclusive holiday clubs funded by government and organised by local councils.  These services are being funded for the most vulnerable young people through government’s Holiday Activities and Food Fund.  We say they should include disabled children and that groups that are committed to…Read moreRead more

It Takes A Village, Birmingham Nov 20 9.30-12.30

introducing asset based commissioning and community investment… It Takes a Village… is Children’s Quarter third annual conference.  We’re focusing on making more of what we share – community assets: families, networks, communities, grassroots groups and schools – making the whole community a classroom.  The event takes place at Edgbaston Community Centre, Woodview Drive, Birmingham B15…Read moreRead more

Welcoming New Members!

Warm welcomes to new members joining the Children’s Quarter co-operative this month: Highbury Orchard Community, the Inclusive Sports Academy CIC; and Charlotte Slater of Urban Heard CIC. Highbury Orchard Community is a community interest company which aims to bring people into contact with Nature through projects, including Forest School, working together and underpinned by Permaculture…Read moreRead more