Aims and Objectives
The main objective of the Forum is to enhance and maintain the quality of the area in which we live, by:
Discussing and influencing issues affecting the local community
Informing the public of social developments
Undertaking research for public benefit
Advancing education and doing other such things that encourage people to show an interest in the area and to bring together residents and others on a regular basis in order to address community issues of common interest and concern.
Promoting the active involvement of residents in decision making.
The Forum’s background
The Forum came into existence at the start of 2006 following a decision by the officers and members of its predecessor, Selly Park Central Residents’ Association, to join the neighbourhood forums structure in Birmingham. Neighbourhood forums are community groups run by and for local people. There are more than 70 neighbourhood forums based throughout the City. Many forums, including ours, are affiliated to the Birmingham Association of Neighbourhood Forums (BANF). Each forum has a written constitution and copies of our constitution are available to residents on request.
Area covered, membership and finance
The area covered by our Forum extends from Priory Avenue in the north to Dogpool Lane in the south and from the western side of Pershore Road to the River Rea in the east, a total of over 700 households. Membership to residents is free and open to all people aged 16 and over who live within the neighbourhood. Free membership is possible thanks to an annual grant provided by Birmingham City Council. Our Forum also seeks funding for special projects through a range of discretionary grants.
The work of the Forum
Birmingham City Council has devolved much decision-making, many budgets and some services to local level. Neighbourhood forums and the local knowledge they represent can make a big difference by ensuring that the districts' and wards’ spending and priorities reflect the needs of local people. The Council’s local meetings are held regularly and are open to all members of the public. Our Forum Management Committee always ensures that we are represented at these meetings. Equally we always invite our local councillors to our open meetings. We are in regular contact with the councillors and officers of the City Council and thus provide a direct link between the community and the City administration. We also have direct links with other public agencies such as West Midlands Police and also with neighbouring community associations.
As a response to the flooding of part of Selly Park South in 2008 the Forum formed Selly Park South Flood Action Group as a satellite organisation. The Group operates the Selly Park South Flood Action Plan, has some 13 voluteers to assist residents in a flood situation and works closeley with Birmingham City Council and the Environment Agency in managing the flood threat in the neighbourhood. The Group Coordinator is John Clayton
To get in touch with the Forum or the Flood Action Group please refer to the CONTACT US page of this website.
Our public open meetings
Our open meetings are held quarterly in October, February, May and July (AGM). At the AGM members of the Management Committee and officers are appointed. Our meetings are held at Christ Church, 953 Pershore Road, B29 7PS and we are very grateful to the Church for the use of the building. However we are independent of the Church and also strictly politically neutral.
The Neighbourhood Forum Management Committee
We are very pleased to announce that at a Special General Meeting held on the evening of Tuesday 1st October 2020, 75 voting local residents attened and a new Management Committee was elected, enabling the Forum to continue it's work as the local community association. Many thanks to all who attended and to the 14 local residents who have formed the new Management Committee.
Chair: Derren Cresswell
Secretary: Chris Hasler
Treasurer: Clare Lewis
Members: Mandy Barrett, Lesley Cowley, Lydia Glanville, Malcolm Hancox, Andy Isherwood, Jennifer Maher; Kevin Mason, Gordon Parr, Janet Weston, John Williams, Jo Willis.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE FORUM, its work, its achievement and what being a member of the Management Committee involves please click here.
Your forum's meetings
All public meetings are currently held online following Government guidance and for the safety of our community members. We will resume meetings at Christ Church as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so. In the meantime, do get in touch if you have any questions.
Next Open Forum Meeting
Community Funding Policy
Do you have an idea for a project which would enhance our community? Do you need financial support to make it happen? We might be able to help. Read our community funding policy here
Minutes from last open forum
Minutes from last management committee