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Saint Marks Community Developments

Saint Mark's Church Centre, Bandywood Crescent, Kingstanding, Birmingham
West Midlands, B44 9JX

Bandywood Families Project helping to give the people of Kingstanding a better chance in life

Saint Mark's Community Developments (SMCD) runs projects under two names, the Bandywood Families Project & Youth Gather. The overall aim of SMCD is to provide educational activities for the people living on mainly on the Bandywood Estate which is in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham. The main activities are based around providing activities for pre-school children, such as play and stay activities. Courses for parents around parenting skills, such as Triple P & more specialist areas such ADHD & sexual awareness. Activities for young people between the ages of 5 & 15 through three weekly sessions, these are supplemented with extra sessions during school holidays. Thirdly by providing provision for Adults. There is a weekly jobs club at the centre as well as a computer courses. In addition throughout the year a series of soft skill courses such as card making or cake decorating are provided. More specialist courses such as First Aid are run frequently to provide qualifications.

Why the community needs us

We aim to help young children start school with good social skills. We aim to provide activities for school age children through our Youth Groups. We aim to give parents better family skills. We help them understand what ADHD or ASD is and how to cope. We help adults with training and life skills. We help with the Job searches, CV writing and applying for jobs online. We aim to strengthen the local community.

Our impact on the community

Children start school with better social skills, they settle in better and make progrss. By being part of our Youth Activities they are less likely to get involved in crime. For parents who are struggling with their children providing Parenting Skills courses they better understand their family and they all live a better life. Upgrading skills and qualifications give people a better chance in the jobs market. Small steps that can lead families to greater things.

Saint Marks Community Developments projects

Bandywood Families project

Stay and Play Sessions are important to develop children's social skills before they start school. We run sessions at Kingsland School, St. Mark's Church Centre and Kingstanding Library. Our Youth Groups for 7 to 11 year olds operate on Wednesday and Thursday from 5.00pm. Seniors is on Thursday from 7.00pm Jobs Club Thursday 1- 3 Saint Mark's Church Centre IT Sessions Friday 1-3 Saint Mark's Church Centre For more details www.bandywoodfamiliesproject.co.uk Triple P, parenting programme

Why they need our service

The Bandywood Families Project aims to help the whole community. We start with the very youngest members of our community and provide Stay and Play sessions throughout the week. For school age children we have activities for them in 3 sessions a week. Then we help the parents with training, such as cookery or crafts, helping them to find a job, by providing IT sessions, Job searches, making online applications.There are courses that help parents understand their children better.

Plan and expected results

We aim to give better a chance in life, if a child start school well prepared they will achieve more. If parents have concerns about their skills by helping them the problems can be solved. Young people who attend our Youth Groups are less likely to get into trouble with the Police. Adults looking for work, need help in preparing a CV, up skilling and building their confidence. Simple ideas that help a local community, simple ideas that strengthen families and help keep them together
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Saint Marks Community Developments

Saint Mark's Church Centre, Bandywood Crescent, Kingstanding, Birmingham, West Midlands, B44 9JX


Tel 0121 354 2782
Registered charity no. 1121184

Causes that concern us:
🎀   Counselling
🎀   Advice & Mentoring
🎀   Education & Training

Validated by:
Localgiving Foundation
Established in: 2007
Turnover: £10k - £50k
Committee members: 5
Full time staff: 1
Part time staff: 9
Volunteers & helpers: 2

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