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Birmingham is Our Home speaking at a Swansea Seminar

08 October 2010

Birmingham is our Home will be presenting at Tai Pawb's Equality in Housing Seminar: Housing and Community Cohesion in Wrexham on 12th October 2010: They will talk about the role that housing organisations can play in promoting community cohesion and tackling hate crime. David Cusack CEO of Moseley & District Churches Housing Association will be speaking about the project along with Blondell Maynard and Mashruka Begum who will be taking part in the seminar and speaking about their experiences and involvement.

The seminar will be attended by representatives from housing organisations, local authorities and third sector organisations working across Wales. Other speakers presenting include representatives from the Welsh Assembly Government's Community Cohesion Unit, Caia Park Partnership, North Wales Police, All Wales Hate Crime Research Project and Learning Disability Wales.

Housing Rights Website

08 October 2010

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has revamped a website designed to give clear guidance on the housing rights of new migrants. Read more

National Housing Federation

20 September 2010

Birmingham is Our Home at the National Housing Federation Conference and Exhibition 2010

Birmingham is Our Home this week will be display at the National Housing Federation Annual Conference and Social Housing Exhibition 2010 held 22nd September to 24th September 2010 at International Convention Centre, Birmingham. The three day event is the most important event in the housing calendar and is the event for influencing the Social Housing Agenda. Speakers at the conference include Grant Shapps, Housing Minister, Jon Snow, Broadcaster and many more. For more information and to book on line please click on the following link www.housing.org.uk

Social Breakfast interview with Lord Bill Morris

17 August 2010

Sunayna Bungar interviewed Lord Bill Morris at the Birmingham is our Home launch event in June, asking him about his experience of migration, for an article on the 'Social Breakfast' website. She is interested in the issues that the UK will face when it cuts numbers of migrants in 2011, and how the changes will effect the lives of people who have already migrated here.

Social Breakfast is a company linked to Ashram Housing Association. Its website is a forum for young people to express their ideas and concerns, and to connect with decision makers and politicians. It wants to help young people to "make their life, their community and their world better".

Take a look at Sunayna's article and a You-Tube clip of the interview with Lord Morris: click here

Migrants tell their stories

25 June 2010

Migrants from around the world have told their stories as part of an exhibition for Refugee Week. Please see this recent article in the Birmingham FreePress for more information. click here

Birmingham is Our Home launched at the Town Hall!

21 June 2010

Laurice Ponting, Methuseli, Lord Morris of HandsworthBirmingham is Our Home has been a labour of love for the Birmingham Social Housing Partnership. The project has aimed to demonstrate to the public and housing association residents that migration has made a positive contribution to Birmingham and its communities. A dozen housing association residents were interviewed and their stories of migration and settling in Birmingham provide the foundation for the project.

The launch event on June 18th showed invited guests from the housing sector and local government not only the dedicated website, but also the exhibition display, which will tour Birmingham locations until February 2011. Lord Morris of Handsworth was the guest speaker on the night providing a picture of his experiences of migration, and his support for the project?s messages, ?this is only the beginning,? he stated.

The project was successfully managed by Laverne Bennett of Mercian working in co-ordination with David Cusack, CEO of Moseley & District HA. Funding was achieved from Birmingham Social Housing Partnership members, the Big Lottery and Birmingham City Council.

Photo above courtesy of Vicky Marshall. (L-R) Laurice Ponting, MD of Mercian Housing Association with Methuseli and Lord Morris of Handsworth, Guest speakers at the launch on June 18th

David Cusack interviewed by Carl Chinn on BBC WM

13 June 2010

David Cusack

David Cusack, Project Executive and CEO of Moseley and District Churches Housing Association was interviewed by Carl Chinn on June 13, 2010 about Birmingham is Our Home.

For a limited time, please see the link to the BBC WM iplayer

Click on Listen now, and on the play screen move the cursor to 1:49.48 if you would like to hear the interview directly.

Press Release - Stories from across the world

08 June 2010

A unique project telling the amazing personal stories of more than a dozen Birmingham folk who came to settle in the city from across the globe will go on tour from next month.

?Birmingham is Our Home? features photographs and interviews with about a dozen people about moving to the city from places as diverse as China, Somalia, St Kitts, Bangladesh, Poland, Iraq and Pakistan.

The travelling exhibition will be launched in the City during Refugee Week June 14-19th and will tour venues until early 2011. A dedicated website is also being set up.

The project focuses on people?s own personal stories and explores how immigration has enhanced social and economic fabric of the city and made it one of the most culturally diverse in the country.

?Birmingham is Our Home? has been organised by Birmingham Social Housing Partnership (BSHP) and also illustrates the work housing associations have done in helping to create safe and settled communities here.

David Cusack, Chief Executive of Moseley & District Housing Association, said: ?Birmingham Social Housing Partnership wanted to raise awareness of the positive impact migration has had on Birmingham for more than 40 years.

?This amazing exhibition will show through first-hand accounts how people have contributed to the city and been largely welcomed by the people of Birmingham.

?It also shows the crucial role social housing landlords and Birmingham City Council housing department have in providing quality homes to ensure people feel safe and secure in our neighbourhoods.?

Mashkura, who is 32 and living in Perry Barr, originally came from Bangladesh and was eventually housed by Midland Heart. She said: ?Birmingham is Our Home gave me the opportunity to share my family?s experience of living here after migrating from Bangladesh.

?More importantly, it allowed me to explain what I love about Birmingham; one of the most multi cultural cities in Europe. It?s vital that through opportunities such as this we share the positives and celebrate our diversity.?

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing at Birmingham City Council said, ?Birmingham has always been a safe haven for refugees fleeing persecution.

?Large numbers of refugees settled in this city following the Second World War and I am proud of the role the people of Birmingham played in ensuring their safety and making them feel at home. These people have added to the prosperity of the city and become true Brummies, and long may this continue.?

www.birminghamisourhome.org.uk is live on June 18, 2010.

The project has been jointly funded by a £10,000 Big Lottery Fund grant and contributions from BSHP. It is also supported by Birmingham City Council. The photographs have been taken by well-know local photographer Roy Peters from Moseley.

BSHP brings together housing associations to ensure a strategic approach to housing and provide a forum for sharing of ideas, issues and Best Practice, as well as a co-ordinated forum for discussion with Birmingham City Council and the National Housing Federation regionally.

The Big Lottery Fund distributes half of the National Lottery good cause…

Launch event confirmed for Town Hall

06 June 2010

Plans for the Birmingham is our Home launch event are falling into place with the confirmation of the launch at the renowned Town Hall. With this location, it is hoped the launch will appeal to invited guests, provide the right forum for celebration of our case study individuals contributions, and get the exhibition off on the best footing possible!

More news soon....

Lord Morris of Handworth confirmed as guest speaker

06 June 2010

We are happy to announce that Lord Morris of Handsworth has agreed to be the guest speaker at our upcoming launch for the Birmingham is our Home project during Refugee Week 2010!

Sir Bill Morris OJ was born in Bombay, Jamaica and grew up in Cheapside, attending school in Mizpah. He arrived in Birmingham, England in 1954 and worked his way through the ranks of the Transport and General Workers Union to be elected as Britain's first black General Secretary in 1991 and re-elected in 1995. He retired from that post in October 2003 after 12 years.

Bill Morris is continuing his public role in a variety of ways, including being Chair of Midland Heart Housing Association since 2007.

More news about this soon....