​News & Events


West Midlands boroughs have been placed on the highest restriction Tier 3 which comes in to force from 2 December 2020.

Please follow the rules and save lives. Hopefully the vaccine will be available soon, so it's more important to ensure that we do all we can to not place ourselves or others in danger, just for a little while longer.

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Community Foundation in partnership with UK Youth will be running the FutureProof Youth Achievement Awards, starting from Thursday 12 November 2020. The sessions will take place online every Thursday from 6.30pm - 8pm via Zoom. The programme is ASDAN accredited and is open to young people aged 9 -25 years.

The programme will help you:

- Improve your emotional & social capabilities

- increase motivation & self-esteem

- increase understanding of different perspective

- improve your ability to form and express your views

- Increase your knowledge of how to get involved and make

positive changes in your community

To register just send us an email to info@thecommunityfoundation to let us know you are interested in the programme and we will send you the link.


Community Foundation ran a one-day training course on the 4th July, to prepare mosque staff, volunteers and trustee with essential knowledge and skills in reopening mosque after the lockdown. The training was attended by representatives from various mosques in Birmingham and delivered by Nozmul Hussain Chief Executive of Community Foundation at the Jami Mosque and Islamic Centre in Small Heath. Participants learnt about all the things that needed to be done before reopening the mosque such as carrying out a risk assessment, drafting a Covid-19 policy and guidelines, making changes to premises and operating times to reduce risks. Participants also learnt about legal duties and role of trustee, staff and volunteers and keeping premises safe for employees and visitors. The session ended with some practical workshop on how to take temperature reading, crowd control whilst maintaining social distance and what to do if a visitor has Covid-19 symptoms.

Emergency Resilience Funding for Families and Young People

Community Foundation is supporting families and young people in Birmingham who require emergency financial assistance due to Covid-19. Emergency Resilience Funding support is available to young people and families. The funding is strictly for emergencies due to Covid-19 and payments are usually made within 2 days of application.

The emergency funding is for families in hardship, for example to buy food, medicines, nappies and other supplies. Or to pay for emergency fuel, white goods or internet access.

Please contact Community Foundation on 0121 238 3282 or send an email to: info@thecommunityfoundation.org.uk with your full name, contact number and why and what emergency support you need. We will contact you to take additional information needed for the emergency funding application.


Our Nursery Presented with Startwell Award

Rainbow Day Nursery is happy to announce that we received the Startwell Award. The hard work and dedication of our staff to implement the programme and getting all parents on board is a testimony to the nursery’s success in helping children develop and grow healthy.

Startwell is an new national child health and wellbeing development programme. It is based on 7 key messages to support early years setting, parents and health professionals creating a healthier environment for our children and families.

Our nursery has implement all the 7 key messages of the programme, ensuring our children are eating healthy and doing the recommend physical activities every day. For more information please see our nursery website.

Youth Connections: Turkey Reconnection Training

Community Foundation took part in the Reconnection 11 day training course in Ankara, Turkey from the 25 August to 4 September 2019. The programmes was attended by 35 Youth Leaders from across the UK, Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain and Turkey.



Community Foundation facilitated a two days training programme on the 4th – 5th February 2019 for mosque trustee and senior staff at the Markfield Conference Centre in Leicester.

Participants spent the first day learning about trustee duty, role of Board and senior management team as well as role and remit of Charity Commission and good practice guidelines. Skills audit was also undertaken for trustee and senior staff along with a detailed assessment of the board.


The second day was spent doing organisation review, SWOT analysis and strategic planning with long term goal setting and defining vision & mission statement. During this session trustee learnt the importance of demography, role of Mosque and understanding challenges and opportunities before setting strategic priorities.

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Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene Course

Community Foundation ran a level 2 food hygiene course on  Monday 28 January 2018.

Food Hygiene training is a legal requirement for all food handlers. This course will allow you to comply with the law.

The course took place at:
The Community Foundation
20 St Silas Square, Lozells Birmingham, B19 1QW


Community Foundation Study Visit to Turkey

Delegation from Community Foundation took part in a week long study visit to Ankara, Turkey from 3 - 8 November 2018. The study visit hosted by Turkey was organised in partnership with Community Foundation from the UK, and organisations from Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Macedonia. The delegation of 28 people from across the eight countries spent time learning about youth and community development, Education, governance and humanitarian relief work. Presentations and briefing were given to the delegation by senior staff from the World Bank, Turkey International Development Agency, Kecioren Municipality, Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, Red Crescent, and the Middle East Technical University.

The last day was spent sightseeing and visiting historical sites and sampling even more Turkish delicacies, more tea and plenty of sweet deserts during stop overs.


Day Trip to Barry Island


Community Foundation took 53 people from the local community for a day trip to Barry Island, Glamorgan, Wales during the summer holidays on Saturday 25th August 2018. 


Youth Residential 2018


Community Foundation took a group of 25 children on our annual four day residential holiday to the Peak District in Derbyshire during the Summer School holidays from Tuesday 24th July – Friday 27th July 2018. Children took part in four days of outdoor activities and sightseeing and experiencing the countryside.


Community Inspiration Awards 2018


The 8th Community Inspiration Awards Ceremony was held on Friday 6 July 2018 at Al Miraj Banqueting Suite in Birmingham. The awards ceremony was Hosted by Nozmul Hussain founder and Chief Executive of Community Foundation.

This year's award presenters included Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Yvonne Mosquito, Neena Gill MEP, Dawn Baxendale Chief Executive Birmingham City Council, Jane Bailey Superintendent West Midlands Police, Councillor Waseem Zaffar Cabinet Member Birmingham City Council, Claire Bent University of Birmingham, Steve Taylor Area Commander WM Fire Service, Peter Mathews CMG Chairman Black Country Metals Trading Ltd.

Waterway Minister Birmingham Tour


The Chief Executive of Community Foundation, Nozmul Hussain, was invited to meet with Teresa Coffey, Waterways Minister who was touring the Midlands. Nozmul highlighted the wonderful work his organisation was doing to improve the canal they had adopted and increase community usage. He also highlighted some of the forthcoming activities planned such as the angling sessions to encourage more people to fish and tree planting across the canal.

Youth Residential 2017

20 lucky young people were selected to take part in this year’s residential in the Peak District. Young people took part in cross country walks across picturesque Dovedale streams and hills. They tried out their marksmanship skills on archery and rifle shooting. Confidence booster was gained through climbing the 30 feet high ropes cube. Finally they mastered fine balancing skills on the dry slopes and gained upper arm strength on the Bell boat. The young people also took part in a fun workshop with staff from Motor Point. 

Paediatric First Aid


We ran another Paediatric First Aid course on Tues 2nd – Wed 3rd May  2017. Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid is a mandatory for those who work with children, and fulfils the requirements of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)


Community Foundation was proud to participate in the Great British Spring Clean today. Our partners and local volunteers worked with us to clean the local area in and around Lozells of litter and dumped furniture to make the area more presentable. 


Community Foundation organised volunteers from the local community to take part in a day of action to tackle anti social behaviour and enviro crime in Lozells in partnership with Police Officers from Lozells and East Handsworth, Birmingham Council Enforcement officers, Licensing Team, and staff from the district team.

Community Dialogue: Leaving the EU

The event was organised by Regional Community Dialogue with funding from the European Commission to conduct debate and discussions with members of the community on the future of the UK leaving Europe. The event attracted over 250 people who joined the discussion to explore the impact of Brexit for Birmingham residents, The different trade relationship options for the UK with Europe.


Health & Safety Training

Monday 24th October 2016 9.30 am – 3.30pm

Community Foundation ran a one day Health and Safety with manual handling level 2 course.


Food Hygiene Course

Tuesday 8th November 2016 Community Foundation ran  a one day Food Hygiene level 2 course.


Nowka Bais (Bengali Boat Race) 2016

Local volunteers from Community Foundation took part in the annual Nowka Bais/Bengali boat race in Edgbaston Reservoir on Sunday 28 August. It was a grueling task for our amateur group competing with professional rowers from across the country. We did well and came second (from last!)


Community Foundation in partnership with Phoenix Training was running a one day level 2 First Aid course. 9.30am- 3.30pm Monday 19th September 2016.


Community Foundation took people from the local community for a day trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.


On Wednesday 31st of August, Community Foundation took a group of local children for a residential trip on a narrow boat in Staffordshire.


The finalist and winners of this year’s Community Inspiration Awards were announced at the 6th award ceremony on Thursday 28th July 2016. The Community Inspiration Award is a unique initiative of the Community Foundation, to recognise outstanding contributions made by staff from public sector organisations and ordinary members of the community who have made extra ordinary contributions.


Wardens from Community Foundation took part in a day of action to tackle anti social behaviour and enviro crime in Lozells in partnership with Police Officers from Lozells and East Handsworth, Birmingham Council Enforcement officers , Licensing Team, staff from the district team, Cllr Mahmood Hussain Executive Member for Local Services Perry Bar, along with a number of other organisations.


In 1995 under the eyes of the UN, the worst crime in Europe since the Second World War took place in Bosnia. 8,372 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically murdered by the Serbian Army.

Community Foundation with the support of Remembering Srebrenica, took two groups from across the UK on an education visit to Bosnia to learn first-hand how hatred lead to genocide.

To mark the 21st Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide, a special video produced by Remembering Srebrenica will be shown, plus a presentation by Nozmul Hussain, Chief Executive of Community Foundation.


Community Foundation in partnership with The Money Charity ran a free workshop on money management on Wednesday 25 May 2016.

The workshop will allow participants to:
~ plan your finances to enable you to stay on top of your money now and to help you to achieve your goals for the future.

~ Structure saving to make bigger things happen and to prevent financial blips turning into a personal recession.

~ take action to deal with repaying credit

~ choose financial products wisely and use them to enhance your financial well-being.

~keep on top of what’s happening with your pay, your cash and your bank accounts.


Community Foundation has been successfully running the women only English ESOL Class since 2014. Yesterday marked the completion of another cohort of 15 students who attended the four days a week classes from 12 Nov 2015 - April 2016. Participants gained invaluable confidence building skills to allow them to talk and understand every day conversation when out shopping, visiting their GP or just chatting with their neighbours. Our next intake will be from September 2016. Contact us if you wish to register.

Community Foundation is pleased to be working with Remembering Srebrenica on their 'Lessons From Srebrenica' education programme to visit Bosnia from Sat 5th - Tue 8th December.  18 people from across England have been selected to join the delegation lead by Nozmul Hussain, the Chief Executive of Community Foundation


Community Foundation organised a team building session for around 50 young men between the ages of 18 - 35 years old at the Youlbury Scout Activity Centre. Participants took part in many fun activities to learn more about each other and work together as a team.



Community Foundation will be taking children on our annual four day residential holiday to Great Hucklow, Derbyshire during the Easter School holidays from Tuesday 29th March – Friday 1 April 2016.



Film screening of the acclaimed IHRC produced documentary on the 1995 Bosnian genocide, the worst crime in Europe since the Second World War – more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically murdered by the Serbian Army.  Free event.  2pm Sunday 22 November 2015 (doors open at 1.30pm) Community Foundation, 20 Silas Square, Lozells, Birmingham B19 1QW

Community Foundation organised a community event on Fri 20 Nov 2015 to mark Parliament Week. Members of the public are invited to join us to hear local councillors and Members of Parliament share their thoughts and experience of going into politics.

Pride in our Neighborhood Campaign: Handsworth
The residents of Heathfield road benefited from our Estate Clean Up Campaign on Monday 8th June.  
Lead by our dedicated group of Community Wardens, the cleanup was supported by Birmingham City Council’s Fleet and Waste team, Handsworth Helping Hands and Handsworth Wood Residents Association, as well as Councilors and local the residents.

We intend on organizing similar events in the future!!



Members of Parliament from four Commonwealth countries visited Community Foundation today, to speak to people who live and work in the area about their thoughts and engagement in the 2015 UK general election. The delegation brought over by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) is conducting an Election Assessment Mission monitoring the electoral process in six different UK constituencies over the week of the 2015 General Election.


We intend on organizing similar events in the future!!



The winner for each category will be announced at the award ceremony on Wednesday 22nd July 2015.





Community Foundation organised an education trip to Bosnia in April 2015 with the support of Remembering Srebrenica. During the four day visit, the delegates met with survivors and visited sites where the genocide took place, to see first-hand what had happened on 11th July 1995, when the UN ‘safe area’ of Srebrenica became the site of Europe's worst massacre since World War II.   In just 10 days 8,372 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematic killed  by the Serb army, after the United Nations peacekeepers handed over the town and its inhabitants to the Serbian General Ratko Mladić.


To read Asian Worlds article on our trip to Bosnia click here!

Aston residents benefited from a big spring clean of their area on 25th March 2015. Pride in our Community Campaign organised by Community Foundation with support from our Community Wardens, staff from Tesco, Birmingham Settlement, Birmingham City Council and volunteers from Aston Residents Association along with Aston Ward Councilors, Ziaul Islam MBE and Nagina Kauser, helped clear up the area by picking litter off the streets. Residents also took benefit of the skip we sited at Tesco car park to deposit large items.


The Youth Achievement Awards is back and this time, it’s bigger! This year, the Youth Achievement Awards will be held in November 2014. to nominate yourself or someone else for an award, all you have to do is be between the ages of 16 – 25 and be living, working or studying in the West Midlands. The closing date for nomination forms is 5.00pm Tuesday 30 September 2014. 


Fore further info click button for Youth Achievement Awards page:  

Youth Residential 2014


Our next youth residential will be from Mon 27 – Fri 31 October 2014, during school half term. We have organised a 5 days residential to the Peak District (Derbyshire). The residential is open to girls aged 9-18 years old and boys from 9-12 years old. Booking forms and further info can be downloaded on our 'Youth Residential' Page: 

Community lead Meeting in Soho with Senior Public Sector Agencies


Community Foundation in partnership with Faizul Quran Centre in Wilson Green organised a community meeting in August 2014 to discuss local issues with service providers. The meeting was attended by residents and business in and around Dudley road, with representatives from various public sector bodies , including Richard Samuda the Chairman of Sandwell and Birmingham Hospital NHS trust and the chief Executive Toby Lewis, Shabana Mahmood MP, Cllr Caroline Badley, Cllr Chaman Lal, and Inspector Colin Barnes from West Midlands Police. The meeting, chaired by Nozmul Hussain chief executive of Community Foundation, provided a platform for residents, local business and service providers, to discuss some of the most pressing issues for the area.

Family Festival 2014


Community Foundation organised a number of events in George Park on Sunday 4th of August 2014.   Around 300 people turned up to enjoy and take part in the family event.  Many local people held stalls and also brought food from home to share with others for the community picnic. There were also fund raising stalls which sold a range of bakeries and raised £306.72 for charity.   60 Children aged 5-12 year old took part in our talent competition and sports competition in the afternoon which included egg and spoon race, skipping race, sack race, etc.  Winners received a number of different prizes which included skateboards, archery set,  chocolate and board games. The event was attend by the local policing team, Cllr Waseem Zaffar and Cllr Nawaz Ali who awarded the prizes to the winners.   The day ended with a big park clean up.  Many people from the community got involved to give a hand to tidy up the park to leave it cleaner and neater then it was found.

Burglary Awareness Campaign


Community Foundation joined up with the West Midlands Police, Lozells Neighbourhood Team, on the 5th August 2014, to offer residents advice and information on how to safeguard themselves and their valuables.  Community Foundation staff went from door to door around Lozells with PCSOs to speak to residents.   The team managed to reach 50 households who welcomed the initiative and took the advice leaflets that were handed out to them.

The Hidden Evil: Raising Awareness on Domestic Abuse 2014

Community Foundation in partnership with Imams Against Domestic Abuse (IADA), Muslim Association of Britain and  Islamic Forum of Europe has organised a seminar to raise awareness of Domestic Violence amongst the Muslim community.  Date: Sunday 22nd June 2014

Time: 2pm-5pm

Venue: The Muath Trust, Bordesley Centre, Stratford St North, Birmingham, B11 1AR

Snow clean up in Lozells
Community Foundation organised a street snow clean up in Lozells on Friday 25th January. local residents, IFA volunteers mosque representatives as well as the local councillor, waseem Zaffar, joined in to remove snow in Berners street and Gerrard street. Most of the snow had turned into ice creating a danger to children  and elderly residents. local residents living in the area were well pleased and thanked the group for their help.
Young People Achievement Award
Community Foundation hosted a ‘Student Achievement Award’ ceremony to recognise and award students who have achieved a number of ‘A’ star grades in this year’s GCSE and ‘A’ level examinations.

The event took place on Thursday 11th October 2012 at the Royal Suite Banqueting Palace in Perry Barr.  Farooq Murad the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain was the chief guest speaker at the event.
Students across the West Midlands have achieved excellent GCSE and A level results this year. In the West Midlands alone, pupils passed 69.4 per cent of GCSEs at grades A* to C; and for A levels in total, 26.6 per cent of students achieved A or A* grade.

In 2013 we will be hosting the Young People Achievement Awards to recognise achievements in the field of sports, academic excellence, career progression, and community contribution.
Youth Achievement Awards 2013

​The Youth Achievement Awards has been set up by Community Foundation to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people in the community, as well as to encourage them to continuously develop themselves further and inspire and motivate others. 

Following the success of last year’s Student Achievement Awards, we have now expanded the award categories to recognise other achievements made by young people who have strived hard to achieve great results in the field of social, recreational, educational, or in employment.

Any young person aged between 16-25 years old, living, working or studying in West Midlands can be nominated for any of the 7 award categories. Self nomination can also be made with the support of an independent verifier.


Police Stop and Search

Community Foundation conducted a survey to determine the impact of Stop and Search on BME individuals and communities in Birmingham. All personal details were kept confidential and only information pertaining to Stop and Search were used as evidence in the research. The workshop was held on Sun 29th September from 11am at the Lozells Methodist Centre, 163 Gerrard Street, B19 2AH.


Youth Estate Clean Up

​​Community Foundation organised another very successful estate clean up on Sunday 8 Sept. Young people from the Challenge Network took part to clean up the streets between Holly Road and Soho Road in East Handsworth. Cllr Waseem Zaffar joined in to help the youths in the clean up operation


Youth Residential
​​Community Foundation offers an annual 5 days youth residential to Great Hucklow in Derbyshire in partnership with SACH for boys and girls between the ages of 9-18 years old. 

Our last residential took place on Monday 12 August - Friday 16 August 2013, which was attended by 25 young people.

Our next youth residential will take place in Oct 2014.  Watch this space for more info
Youth Connection
Community Foundation is setting up "youth connection". this will be a platform for young people to come together to discuss and come up with ideas to better respond to their collective concerns and issues. youth Connection will be open to all Muslim between the ages of 16-25 years old, living, working and or studying in the west midlands region.

we will be holding a workshop even for you to find out more about what this initiative seeks to achieve and how you can get involved to shape the future direction on what issues we should look at and how best to respond to them.

This event will be held in Central Birmingham on Saturday 23rd February at 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Community Inspiration Awards 2014

​The Community Inspiration Award has been set up by Community Foundation to recognise outstanding contributions made by staff from the public sector and members of the community, whose work has inspired and motivated others. Closing date for nominations is 5.00pm Friday 28 February 2014. Our panel of judges will announce the winners, who will be invited to the Community Inspiration Awards ceremony on Thursday 1st May 2014 at the prestigious al Miraj Banqueting Suite.
Lengage Hustings Event

Community Foundation is supporting iEngage to organise a husting event for the forthcoming European Election to hear from prospective MEPs. The event will take place on Thursday 10th April. 5:30 to 8:30pm at Bordesley Centre, Stratford Road, Camp Hill, B11 1AR. Light refreshments and food will be provided. This is a free event, but you need to register to attend. To register or for more info call: 07779662254 Or Email on: qudues.zafar@iengage.uk.net
West Midlands Police Diamond Awards 2014

​Chief Executive of Community Foundation- Nozmul Hussain received an award among with cllr Waseem Zaffar, Raj Rattu and Dr Mashuq Ally, in recognition for the work in the community and with the police during the EDL demo.
Day of Action

​Community Foundation staff took part in a street walkabout with police officers and other partners on Monday 27 January, as part of a community reassurance programme, organised by the Lozells Neighbourhood Tasking Group.  The ‘day of action’ went well with our staff visiting residents with local police officers to address some of the issues around the recent  spate of acquisitive crime in the area.
Picnic in the Park

​Community Foundation is organising a community Picnic in the Park on Sunday 29 September 2013 from 12pm - 3pm. We are inviting local residents to bring in food from home and share with others. This will be a great opportunity for neighbours to get to know each other. We will also have around 60 volunteers from the Challenge Network to help run taster sessions and fun activities for young people.


Community Question Time
Community Foundation organised a Community Question Time on the 8th October 2012, with prospective PCC candidates from West Midlands.  The event was attended by Bob Jones, Ayoub Khan, Matt Bennett, Cath Hannon, Mike Rumble and Derek Webley.  Over 200 people from the local community came to pose questions at the candidates.  The event concluded with the candidates being asked to agree and sign a Community Pledge.  Below is the pledge signed by Bob Jones who won the election to become West Midlands first Police and Crime Commissioner.

Prior to the Question Time event, we organised a number of community meeting and workshops to raise awareness about the new role of the PCC and what people needed to do to engage in the process.

We will be organising other question time events in 2013.  Watch this space for more info.
​My Neighbour Action Day
Community Foundation worked in partnership with IFE to organise My Neighbour Action Day in July. Dozens of volunteers and local residents helped to clean up an estate next to an elderly peoples home in Lozells, Birmingham. They cleared up rubbish on the street, removing graffiti, encouraging residents to dispose of bulky goods using council services and not fly tip.

Nozmul Hussain from Community Foundation, said: “through this project we are seeking to create awareness and promote the rights and responsibilities we all have as neighbours.  People are more connected than ever, thanks to the rise of the internet and mobile communications, yet the neighbour remains strangers.  We hope this initiative will bring about better understanding and increase friendship between neighbours living in same street or the same estate.”

The event was featured in ITV Central News.
Unity Festival
Community Foundation helped organise the Unity- loving the difference festival in Birmingham Town Centre, with other community organisation following the riots of August 2001 to celebrate the diversity of the City. The free event aimed at people of all ages had stalls and activities as well as a stage with contributions from local bands, DJ’s and performing artists. The event also hosted a variety of fringe activities including face painting, mendhi painting, Bollywood dance workshops and turban tying workshops.
Police Partnership Work
Community Foundation took the lead in organising a number of meeting with the West Midlands senior police command team, to discuss the threat posed by the EDL demo planned for Birmingham City in October.  We collectively agreed a working arrangement to minimise disruption and tension building amongst vulnerable sections of the community.  In August we organised a workshop with the police and 20 young people, to look at improving relationship between the police and youths.  Seven Police officers attended the event to inform the youth of the police role and the Criminal Justice System in dealing with crime.
Community Meetings
Community Foundation supported in organising a number of meetings with various sections of the community,  to hear from the community and reassure the community about what the authorities and community leaders were doing to combat the growing fear of racism and the demonstration planned in Birmingham City Centre.
Following the August riots and killing of 2 young men from Birmingham, Community Foundation organised a youth seminar, attended by 30 young people to discuss the riots and its impact on local community and to call for calm.
Youth Camp
In October 2011 & August 2012 we took a group of 25 young people from Birmingham inner cities Estates to Great Hucklow, Derbyshire for a week to enjoy the British countryside and work on identifying and exploring ways to address issues of importance to them as young people.   The opportunity was very unique for all the children, who had previously never visited the countryside.