Newbigin Community Trust is an embedded, community-based organisation which aims to provide a place of welcome, inclusion and social cohesion for neighbours in Winson Green and Handsworth area.
Our charity is based across three sites in Winson Green where the community gather and connect with the programmes.
Our first site is The Lodge Road Church Centre where we provide a drop in crisis service and a social support cafe. Local residents and their families drop in for help and assistance and any advocacy and support needs. There is support accessing such things as housing, benefits and council tax etc…A safe place for people to come together.
Our second site is Benson Community School where we run a Parent Hub that facilitates family and children’s work, drop-in advocacy appointments, mum’s groups and after school kids’ clubs.
Our third site is Newbigin House where we hold community meals, monthly community events, such as funfairs and festivals, as well as kids’ clubs and a weekly youth group.
We also do additional trips with families and children during the holidays as a way of developing positive community connections. NCT has also developed two social enterprises, Animal Encounters (a mobile animal experience with our three alpacas and sheep as a form of therapy for children and adults) and Flavours of Winson Green (a mobile cooking school where recipes are taught by refugee and asylum seeker women reflecting their culture and stories).
All of these programmes have been initiated by the residents of the community with support from Newbigin Community Trust.
We are kindly supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, Children in Need & Wellcome Trust – Curiosity, MSE and Henry Smith Foundation.