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.
We run a café and advocacy space in Winson Green Prison Visit Centre which works as a place to provide social support particularly for the large numbers of residents living in HMOs and temporary housing. This site is often the first point of contact with new neighbours and as well as being a place to connect with families visiting relatives in prison.
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 run 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 the Garfield Weston Foundation.