Kingstanding in Birmingham is one of the poorest areas in the UK, with social exclusion, underachievement, unemployment, debt, family breakdown and substance abuse being just some of the problems the community faces. But thanks in part to £610,748 of National Lottery funding; New Heights Warren Farm Community Project is making positive changes within Kingstanding.
Since its humble beginnings nine years ago, New Heights has grown into a vibrant community project run by local people for local people - with over 100 active volunteers - who are passionate about making a difference within their local community. Their range of services are designed to respond to the whole needs of an individual from birth to end of life and include: counselling and befriending; family support offering volunteer visiting, parenting classes and group work on child development; playgroups – teaching parents play skills and building relationships; domestic abuse including one-to-one and group support and advice and guidance; substance abuse offering cognitive therapy, one-to-one and family support and access to a range of alternative therapies. This is done through partnerships with local providers.
The project also runs a social enterprise café to give volunteer and training opportunities where people can achieve an accredited qualification and develop a range of life skills. The project also facilitates community events/consultations to foster community cohesion which ensures local services respond to local needs.