Covid-19 update from the Birmingham City Council

Rapid COVID-19 tests now available at home

The government has announced that everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing twice a week. You can order the tests online and it is an extremely quick and simple way to make sure you and keeping yourself and others safe: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Rapid testing survey

The University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council have launched a survey to improve people’s experiences of rapid testing in Birmingham. The purpose of the survey is to explore the reasons why rapid tests were taken and general experiences.

The council would be grateful if you could take part: https://bham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/ctib

Vaccinations for over 45s

People over 45 years of age can now book a Covid-19 vaccine. Book here:   https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Van

Aberdeen Street COGOP Car Park (Winson Green) is holding a ‘pop up’ vaccination clinic at 10am-1pm on 17 April. If you are over 45, a carer, an eligible healthcare worker or have an underlying condition, please call 0121 551 3019 or email aberdeenstreet@cogop.org.uk to book your appointment.

Celebrating Ramadan during COVID-19

For some Muslims the holy month of Ramadan begin last night and for others it will begin this evening.  Birmingham City Council has continued to work closely with Islamic leaders of the city to support the continuation of spiritual support of our Muslim citizens as well as keeping everyone safe during the pandemic. We ask everyone celebrating to observe Ramadan safely and within national COVID guidelines.

Wishing You a Blessed and COVID Safe Ramadan video: https://youtu.be/NY7kUJchCZI 

Please also find below short, animated messages on vaccination, test & trace and social distancing produced by the Bahu Trust in Urdu, Arabic, Bangla, and Sylheti:  https://www.youtube.com/c/BahuTrust/videos


As always, if you know anyone who lives or works in Birmingham who might be interested in becoming a Covid-19 Community Champion, simply direct them to https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/xfp/form/765 where they can sign-up or find out more.

Neighbourhood Forum AGM & updates

This is a reminder that our AGM will be next Monday (9th November) at 7.30pm online. We will send the link to you nearer the time so please look out for it.

We need 32 Stirchley residents to attend to be quorate and ensure that we get our annual grant which pays for room hire, etc. Hopefully we will soon need to pay room hire when we can meet in person.

Minutes of the AGM 2019 and SGM 2020, Annual Report and Annual Accounts will appear on our website.

The committee would love to welcome new committee members so please volunteer. We need an email from the person nominated and one from the person nominating them, giving their name and address (both need to live in Stirchley Ward) by 5pm on Friday (6th) sent to stirchley.forumb30@gmail.com

COVID Community Champions

Given the recent changes to COVID regulations please consider becoming a COVID Community Champion. It is a great way to find out what can and can’t be done and gain information that you can share within your networks (road, family, groups, etc). Further information can be found here
https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50231/coronavirus_covid-19/2256/covid-19_community_champions/3 

Selly Oak Constituency Online Mini Conference – HMO’s & the Private Rented Sector

You are invited to join an online mini conference around the Private Rented Sector organised by Councillor Sharon Thompson, Cabinet Member for Homes & Neighbourhoods. There will be guest speakers along with representatives from other partner agencies to provide information and answer questions.

The event will be taking place on Thursday 5 November at 6.30pm – 8.30pm via Zoom and the link to join is below. Please feel free to share these details with anyone else you know who might be interested in joining the conference.

Link to join the conference;
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/97647099343?pwd=WjluSUJHVkJXRW9mZ0hYVUF5Uks2Zz09
Meeting ID: 976 4709 9343
Passcode: 835605
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ac1FsMlOBf

Covid-19 Community Champions

Birmingham City Council is launching a a Covid-19 Community Champion initiative to help contain and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Based on a model developed by Newham Council, if you live or work in Birmingham, you can become a Covid-19 Community Champion. The council will keep champions informed of the latest advice and guidance so that they can help their family, friends and other community members to make sense of the latest facts about the virus.

By having and sharing clear information, friends, family and wider community members will be able to make informed choices and champions will be able to feedback what they are hearing in communities and to discuss any questions they might have.  

The role of the Covid-19 Community Champion;

  • To be a point of contact within your community (a street, a place of worship, a community organisation, a neighbourhood)
  • To pass on key messages in appropriate ways, providing reassurance and an authoritative voice
  • To encourage others to become Champions
  • To help your community understand what it needs to do to stay safe
  • To provide feedback to the Council and let us know what is and isn’t working

Please note that being a Covid-19 Community Champion is not an enforcement or regulatory role. While we welcome and value your volunteering as a Covid-19 Community Champion, this does not constitute a contract of employment or eligibility for internal recruitment positions.

To find out more and to sign up to become a Birmingham Covid-19 Community Champion, visit the community champion page on the council’s website.