National & Campaigning Organisations
Natural England – Conserving and Enhancing the Natural Environment
The Conservation Volunteers work with volunteers and communities to deliver practical solutions to the real life challenges they face.
Keep Britain Tidy is a UK-based independent environmental charity. The organisation campaigns to reduce litter, improve local places and prevent waste.
Wild About Plants is a national project led by Plantlife and funded by Natural England through Access to Nature, part of the Big Lottery’s Changing Spaces Programme. The website has a number of useful resources on and gives people the opportunity to learn more about wild plants
Neighbourhoods Green – Improving open spaces within housing developments
Love Parks is a campaign run by Keep Britain Tidy to celebrate our nations parks.
The Federation of City Farms and Gardens exists to support, represent and promote community-managed farms and gardens across the United Kingdom
British Bee Keepers Association promotes the craft of bee keeping, help with swarms and the importance of bees in our environment.
Groundwork West Midlands works alongside local communities, public bodies, private companies and other voluntary sector organisations to support local communities.
The Big Lunch – Take part in the nationwide get-together for neighbours, a great excuse to get to know people, try new things and have a party!
The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK concerned with the creation, protection, and restoration of native woodland heritage.
Nature Detectives is full of fun activities for children, from the Woodland Trust.
Project Wild Thing is about getting children active in the outdoor environment.
Active by Design is the Design Council’s response to the current major health crisis caused by many people’s very low levels of activity, and a lack of access to healthy food.
Use of Parks – for booking events with BBC Parks.
Birmingham Trees for Life is a project devoted to promoting awareness and understanding throughout the city of the value and importance of trees, planting trees across Birmingham’s parks and open spaces, and involving local people, especially the young, in planting trees.
Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust is a local charity uniquely protecting the wildlife of Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
Eco Birmingham– aim to help create a sustainable city, inspire positive change and build stronger communities.
Community Environmental Trust – is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of urban green space. CET ensures that all areas worked in are cleaner, greener and safer places to live.
Growing Birmingham is about local food growing in Birmingham, who’s growing what and where.
Birmingham District and Allotments Council representing allotment gardeners and allotment associations
The Birmingham Civic Society aims to ensure the city is attractive by stimulating interest and pride in it’s history and well being
Forest Schools Birmingham was established in 2004 in response to the demand for quality, effective outdoor learning programmes, throughout the West Midlands
Community Games, funded by Legacy Trust UK, provide a wonderful and unique opportunity for communities from all backgrounds right across the West Midlands to come together to celebrate the 2012 Games and enable thousands of people to experience and create their own Olympic or Paralympic moment.
Birmingham – Our Games is a new web site in which people can add their events and volunteers can see what opportunities there are for them to help. It may be of use to help promote your events and also to see if they can help if you need volunteers.
Birmingham Community Matters – to find ways of bringing face-to-face support to micro community groups in Birmingham.
Push Bikes works towards making Birmingham and the West Midlands safer and more pleasant places to cycle and to encourage people to make more journeys by bike.
Ramblers Association Birmingham promoting walking, access to open countryside, protecting the countryside, protecting footpaths and – last but not least organising walks we trust members will enjoy.
Get Walking Keep Walking walking in Birmingham’s parks and open spaces.
Birmingham Voluntary Services Council supports voluntary action in the city of Birmingham. We provide information, advice and guidance to third sector organisations.
Sport 4 Life is the charity that changes the lives of Birmingham’s most disadvantaged children and young people through the power of sport. Founded in 2006 as a small community project in the ward of Ladywood, over the past 6 years they have developed into the leading youth and sports charity in the city.
Birmingham Food Council aim for all our children to enjoy tasty, healthy meals . . . and eat them in good company
Funding & Finance Organisations
Community Accountancy Self Help – Financial advice and training for small charities and voluntary groups.
Get Grants – Practical support in the form training, information, and advice to help you increase your grant fundraising success.
Planning Aid provides free, independent and professional town planning advice and support to communities.
LawWorks is a charity which aims to provide free legal help to individuals and community groups who cannot afford to pay for it and who are unable to access legal aid
Think Venue Think Third Sector – Useful website for finding venues:
Greater Manchester Voluntary Sector Support publishes new advice fact sheets A set of comprehensive, easy to read, free fact sheets from Greater Manchester Voluntary Sector Support. Areas include: setting up a voluntary organisation, events, policies and procedures, funding, marketing and volunteering
Planning for Real – Supporting communities to bring about change and shape their neighbourhoods
Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement in England. We make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive. We promote civic pride.
Information Commissioners Office Data Protection information for small, community organisations – does our group need to be registered for data protection?