A New Year short for the Grassroots Channel podcast containing the condensed passions of people associated with the Birmingham Community Empowerment Network.
Birmingham Passions 5: Democracy and the NHS, ancient Athens and modern Birmingham and a better life for Yemeni families. Contributors are Peter Tinsley of the Selly Oak Constituency Strategic Partnership, Niall Livingston from the University of Birmingham and Dalal Olewa who is Chair of the Yemeni Women and Children’s Society.
“Play is a every child’s human right”
After a decade or more working with after school clubs and play schemes Laura Watts established a new organisation in Birmingham called Dens of Equality. She wanted to help the families who found their children effectively barred from the pleasure of full blown play because they had some form of disability.
Dens of Equality is a central hub which helps groups of parents create their own autonomous organisations. With these the families can apply for funds and also approach play workers directly, encouraging them to find new ways to include all children in their play schemes. They create tight new relationships which work for professionals, parents and children, all using a system which hands power to the people closest to each child.
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Links – mentioned in this episode:
Written version (pdf) of this story with more information (dead link)
Dens of Equality
Birmingham Early Years and Childcare (dead link)
Todd Hannula (dead link)
Soweto Kinch Podcast– direct link to mp3
Roger Telphia Podcast – direct link to mp3
Kings Norton Farmers Market Podcast – direct link to mp3