Nominations open for Lawley Management Committee

Elections are taking place for the Lawley Management Committee. All residents who live in Lawley Village, whether a home owner, tenant or leaseholder can apply if:

• You are 18 years or older
• Live in a charge-paying household in Lawley (one candidate per household)
• Are not disqualified from acting as a Committee member of the Committee which includes reasons such as bankruptcy or certain unspent criminal convictions.

In 2020, BVT made some important changes to the Lawley Management Committee (LMC) to ensure Lawley residents continue to be represented and decisions are made with your voice clearly heard.
You have until 9am on Monday 22 August to submit your nomination and further details and the application form can be found here at and return it to us via email at lawleyelection@bvt.org.uk by 9am on Monday 22nd August 2022.

Summer of Fun in Lawley Village

The Summer of Fun is nearly here in Lawley and Lightmoor Villages with a range of free activities for children to take part in, being organised by BVT. 23 different sessions will be held and can be booked by scanning the QR code in the image or via BVT Summer of Fun

Summer of Fun in Lightmoor Village

The Summer of Fun is nearly here in Lawley and Lightmoor Villages with a range of free activities for children to take part in, being organised by BVT. 23 different sessions will be held and can be booked by scanning the QR code in the image or via BVT Summer of Fun

New Chair for Lawley Management Committee

BVT in Lawley Village would like to thank Benedict Croft who has recently stepped down as chair and committee member of Lawley Management Committee. Following changes in 2020, Benedict was the first Chair of the resident led committee and has worked with fellow committee members and BVT to ensure residents voices are clearly heard. This included introducing face to face appeals, so residents could attend and meet members of the committee and BVT to discuss their application.

Fellow committee member James Haldron has now been appointed as Chair. James has lived in Lawley Village for four years with his wife and children. James works in IT and now supports schools with their IT provision. In his spare time, he is also studying an IT and computing degree. In addition James was previously a school governor with a particular interest in helping build inclusive environments as through his own experience with a disabled child, he knows how important it is to break down barriers and enable them to reach their maximum potential.

James commented: “Firstly I would like to thank Benedict on behalf of the committee for everything he has done for Lawley. I look forward to carrying on in his footsteps and working with BVT in Lawley Village to create a community that residents are inspired and engaged to live in.”

The committee consists of 11 members, which are made up of: five directly elected Lawley residents, three nominated from Lawley Village Community Association (LVCA), two BVT executive team members and a parish councillor nominated by Lawley and Overdale Parish Council.

Later this year elections will take place and details will be provided on all our digital platforms. There will be drop-in sessions with committee members and BVT attending so residents can discuss any questions they may have.

If you’d like to make contact in the meantime, please call 01952 898524 or email Lawleystewardship@bvt.org.uk

Lawley walkers benefit from Eileen Hewer fund

Did you know grants can be awarded to existing or new community groups and organisations that are based in or benefit Lawley Residents? One recent awardee was the Lawley Walkers group who were granted £250 to go towards providing new tops for the group.

The group meet at 6.45pm every Wednesday starting at the rear of ACH Motors on Stainburn Road. They also have occasional weekend walks and sometimes include a fish and chip supper!

Recently Nick Freeman, Lawley Village Estates & Stewardship manager joined the group to hand over the cheque and joined them for the 5 mile walk.
Nick said: “Being able to support a group such as Lawley Walkers is great, they are a welcoming and friendly group, who have fun and keep themselves fit too. We all know what the British weather can be like, so it was a pleasure to be able to help them with new tops.”

Joanne Oliver who is one of the founding members of Lawley Walking Group said “we are delighted with our hoodies and are very grateful to the Eileen Hewer fund for supporting us. We always welcome new members, so if you’d like to join us please contact us via www.facebook.com/groups/957462457795606

2020 Community Charge Accounts

The 2020 Community Charge accounts have been published detailing how your community charge was spent. Benedict Croft, Chair of Lawley Management Committee discusses the reporting, plans for the future and the role of the Lawley Management Committee and the 2022 committee elections. Full details can be found at 2020 Community Charge Accounts

Join our Communications Forum

We are re-launching our communications forum and are looking for residents to join and help us provide better communication and customer service.

As a member of the forum, you’ll review documents for Bournville Village Trust customers, communication process and systems and make suggestions for how they could be improved. Open to all residents in Birmingham and Telford, service managers will attend forum meetings – giving you the opportunity to ask questions, get a great understanding of a service and share your feedback directly with them.

What’s involved in being a member of the Forum?
• Four meetings a year either in person/online or combination of both
• You can ‘opt in’ to reviews of your choice
• Directly shape BVT communication with customers
• Opportunity to help BVT provide excellent customer service, quality customer-focused and inclusive communication
• Chance to develop your personal and professional skills such as team work and research.

Skills you’ll need

• Experience in communication and/or a willingness to learn and improve your skills in this area
• Ability to consider inclusivity when reviewing communication and the broad range of customers BVT serve
• Willingness to look at best practice in communication and apply this to reviews
• Ability to listen to other members of the forum and ensure everyone’s voice is heard.

If you’d like to find out more about joining the forum, you can contact our Community Development Worker Harry Guildford for an informal chat at harryguildford@bvt.org.uk or call 0300 333 6540. We are planning to hold our first meeting in April, therefore if you are interested in joining the Forum, please contact Harry by 4th March 2022.

Partnership work helps struggling families enjoy Christmas

Bournville Village Trust in Telford recently joined forces with Telford Crisis Support to make sure ten struggling families could enjoy Christmas.

We were invited to nominate families in financial need and just before Christmas, our staff delivered special parcels which included everything to enjoy a lovely Christmas dinner, treats for the day and, thanks to local schools and businesses, presents for children to open on Christmas morning.

Ella Atkinson, Housing Officer at Bournville Village Trust, said: “There are so many people that have struggled financially in the last couple of years, so to be able to make such a difference to ten families meant a lot to us. Joining forces with Telford Crisis Support shows the difference organisations can make to families by working together.”

All of the families were overwhelmed with the support they received with one resident sharing: “Thanks so much, we really appreciate you collecting the hamper. Thanks so, so much, you’re our guardian angel”.

If you or someone you know is struggling to afford food, fuel or essential household items to keep well during the colder months, please contact us.

You can speak with one of our friendly financial inclusion officers on 0300 333 6540 or at FIT@bvt.org.uk and receive help through our Well Winter campaign which runs until March. For more information, please go to www.bvt.org.uk/well-winter/about-well-winter

 

 

Season’s greetings

As we near Christmas, we would like to wish all our customers and communities a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Whilst we will close for Christmas from 5pm on Thursday 23rd December until Tuesday 4th January 2021, if you have an emergency during this time you can still continue to call us on 0300 333 6540 for our out-of-hours service.

You can also continue to access our online service during this period including payments, reporting repairs and applying to make alterations to your home.

We expect to be busier than usual when we re-open, so for non-emergencies please email enquiries@bvt.org.uk to contact our customer services team.

Season’s greetings

As we near Christmas, we would like to wish all our customers and communities a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Whilst we will close for Christmas from 5pm on Thursday 23rd December until Tuesday 4th January 2021, if you have an emergency during this time you can still continue to call us on 0300 333 6540 for our out-of-hours service.

You can also continue to access our online service during this period including payments, reporting repairs and applying to make alterations to your home.

We expect to be busier than usual when we re-open, so for non-emergencies please email enquiries@bvt.org.uk to contact our customer services team.