Nechells is our home, our work place, our learning, our life – and we want all who live and work here to take pride in our neighbourhood and belong to a community that looks great, that feels safe, and that cares about every single one of us providing a wide variety of services and support to meet our needs and aspirations.


Housing

Nechells has a wide variety of housing providers including council, social housing and privately owned. If you have any issues or questions about repairs or managing your property speak to the following:

FCH Tenants 0300 123 1745
Bham City Council Tenants 0121 303 5667
Midland Heart Tenants 0345 602 0540
Bourneville Village Trust Tenants 0300 333 6540

Private Tenants and homeowners, if you need help with an issue call:

Private Tenacy 0121 303 5070
Repair issues 0121 303 5341

Streets, Roads, Parks, Open Spaces

We may think that the streets, parks and roads are not our problem but gathering rubbish, cracked pavements and potholes all make our community look unsightly and contribute towards us feeling like we live and work in a derelict and disadvantaged neighbourhood. If we all report the problems to the right people we will see things change.

rubbish on the streets call 0121 303 1112
problem with the paths or roads call 0121 303 6644
problem with street lighting call 0121 303 1112
problem with play equipment, fencing, bins or benches in the parks call 0121 464 8728
problem with bins on the streets call 0121 303 1112
problem with trees call 0121 464 8728

Refuse & Recycling

Rubbish will always be a big issue in Nechells if we don’t all play our part in keeping our neighbourhood clean. So don’t drop it – bin in; but bin it in the right place too!

The collection for normal household rubbish is on a Friday morning. You should not put your rubbish out before 6pm on the Thursday evening. You should keep your rubbish and recycling in your own gardens/houses until it is time to put it out.

If the bin men leave a mess while collecting and removing the rubbish please call 0121 303 1112.

Wheelie Bins

There will be two wheelie bins for every household, for rubbish disposal and recycling – thanks to a successful council bid that secured almost £30 million from the Government for the scheme. This money will help the city secure weekly refuse collections

Some of the benefits are:

  • Prevents bin bags being torn and spilling contents onto the streets
  • Will help improve recycling – as the new bins have more capacity
  • Wheelie Bins will help us reduce the cost of waste disposal

It will be essential to ensure that households receive an appropriate sized container for their needs. It is recognised that some households, for example larger households, would need larger containers. The standard service offered will be a 180 litre bin for rubbish collection, collected weekly; and a 240 litre bin for the recycling with a separate insert pod to collect the paper and card.

General domestic refuse

We collect refuse from domestic properties on the same day once a week. Collections happen every day, Monday to Friday, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day in which case collections will take place the following week. Most tower blocks and other multi-occupied homes are (if suitable) are provided with large containers. We empty these at least once a week, more frequently if necessary.

Recycling

Most households in Birmingham now have a doorstep collection service.

Who collect:

  • Paper and card from your blue box, every fortnight
    Glass, bottles and jars, food and drinks cans and plastic bottles from your green box, every fortnight
    Green sacks containing garden waste on alternate weeks to the above
  • In line with many other local authorities, the council will introduce a chargeable service from February 2014. This will be an optional service, and those wishing to take advantage will be provided with a 240-litre wheeled bin. The annual collection charge, to be paid in advance, will be £35. Those not wishing to take up the service will have the option of buying a composter, at cost, via the council’s website.

Recycling is important to the environment:

Be careful not to put anything in here with your name and address on, these should be shredded or burnt to avoid identify theft.

To find out when the recycling collections are call 0121 303 1112

Or look on the council website: www.birmingham.gov.uk

DO NOT PUT large items like mattresses, fridges, paint pots, wood etc. out with the general rubbish – the refuse collectors will not remove these. If you have large items call for a special council collection on 0121 303 1112.

Or take to one of the nearest rubbish tip: Holford estate, Witton or Castle Vale.

Location of recycling bins in Nechells:  Adderley Road – Cromwell Street – Oliver Street – Bloomsbury Street – Vauxhall Road – Nechells Park Road Shops.

Here is a list of Hazardous and controlled wastes and how to dispose of them:

  • Paint
  • Petrol
  • Gas Bottles

You can take small amounts (up to six 2.5 litre containers) to your local Household Recycling Centre your nearest one will be Holford Drive, Perry Barr B42 2TU provided they are stored in containers and you can transport them safely. For larger amounts, contact the waste disposal team on 0121 303 7358 who will be able to advise you on arranging safe disposal.

How to report fly tipping:

Dumped rubbish is unsightly. Abandoning (fly tipping) rubbish is also illegal and can lead to a fine of up to £50,000 along with imprisonment. The City Council investigate dumped rubbish and can serve a legal notice to landowners to clear rubbish that attracts or harbours vermin. Where they have sufficient evidence they will prosecute fly-tippers.

The Council aim to collect:

  • Dumped rubbish from the public highway or pavement – within two working days;
  • Dumped rubbish from recycling sites – within one working day;
  • Bag(s) of unsuitable green waste left along the highway, contaminated with things like stones or rubble – within five working days.

If you feel the rubbish is a health hazard, for example, if its attracting vermin or smelling badly, or you know who has dumped the rubbish go to http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/flytipping and click the ‘report dumped rubbish’ button to report online or call 0121 303 1112.

Information/advice dealing with pests – prevention advice – rats, mice etc: Call 0121 216 3030 or you can visit your nearest Customer Service Centre’s – New Aston House, Newtown Shopping Centre, Newtown B19 2SW or 54 Highfield Road, Washwood Heath B8 3QU. The people there will advise you on the best action to take if you have pests in your house or garden.

Education

Pre-School Services

In Nechells we have 4 pre-school services. These are:

  • Bloomsbury Children’s Centre, Bloomsbury Street, B7 5BX
    T: 0121 464 2034
  • Khardra Day Care, Nechells Regeneration Project, Aston Church Road, B7 5PD
    T: 0121 661 4923
  • Nechells Pre School, St Matthews Church, Tues-Thurs-Fri 9am till 2pm, 63 Wardlow Rd, B7 4JN
    T: 0787 611 1019 (Rebecca Gray)
  • Busy Bees Children’s Day Nursery, Dartmouth Circus Richard Street, B7 4 AA, every Wednesday from 10am to 11am. All sessions are free of charge
    T: 0121 333 3733 (Denise)
    W: www.busybeeschildcare.co.uk

Primary Schools

There are 6 primary schools:

There is one after school club:

  • Time out after school club Nechells, Methodist Church Nechells Park Road
    T: 0121 328 3399

Secondary Schools

There is 1 secondary school:

Further Education

There’s 1 sixth form college and 3 adult education facilities:

Other Education Facilities Close To Nechells

  • Aston Manor Academy – Secondary Education Phillips Street
    T: 0121 359 8108
    W: www.astonmanor.bham.sch.uk
    Closest Bus is Number 8
  • Birmingham Metropolitan College – 16+ Education
    T: 0121 446 4545
    W: www.bmetc.ac.uk
  • South Birmingham College
    T: 0121 494 5000
    W: www.sccb.ac.uk

Education Based Support Services

There are many different services that can help you with issues around education.

School Support

Each school has its own support structures in place if you or your child has a problem. The first place you should go is to your child’s teacher, or form teacher. If this does not help you should make an appointment with the Head Teacher (or Head of Year in secondary schools). If the problem is still not resolved you should write to the Chair of Governors.

There are additional support services for special situations like:

  • LACES (Looked after children education services)
    T: 0121 303 8003
  • Family Support and Safeguarding
    T: 0121 303 6266
  • FCAF (Family Common Assessment Framework) – ask at school first.
  • Educational Psychologist – ask at school first.

Other Support

Employment

Job Club: The POD, 28 Oliver Street, Nechells, B74NX
T: 0121 681 2173

Employment plus the Salvation Army Duddeston Manor Road d Nechells for more information call 0800 652 4276.

For Job Vacancies look at the following websites:

You can use computers to search the internet for free at Bloomsbury Library or free@last.

Health

We all have a variety of different health needs and in Nechells we have several different health services available.

Local General Practitioner (GP) Surgeries [Doctors]

1. St Clements Surgery, 56 Nechells Park Road

T: 0345 1111318
Dr Gasper, Dr John, Dr Masood
Practice Manager: Mrs Angela Hargun
Nurse: Kiran Kumar

They offer:

  • Doctors’ appointments
  • Sexual Health Clinic (SHIP)
  • Condom Distribution
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Addiction Services
  • Baby Clinic
  • Ear Syringing
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel Advice

2. Bloomsbury Medical Centre, Bloomsbury Street

T: 0121 359 1539
Dr McQuillan & Partners

They offer:

  • Doctors’ appointments
  • Midwifes – Baby Clinic

3. Bloomsbury Health Centre, Bradburne Way

T: 0121 678 3932
Dr Majeed & Partners

They offer:

  • Doctors’ appointments
  • Health Visitors – Baby Clinic
  • Child Immunisations
  • Asthma Clinic

4. Dr Brinksman S & Partners, 63 Rupert Street

T: 0121 422 3111

  • Asthma Clinic
  • Baby Clinic with Health Visitor
  • Counselling – Provided in house and available on NHS
  • Contraception
  • Minor Surgery
  • Smoking Cessation Clinic
  • Travel Health

Other Health Services available include:

  • Dentist – 66 Rupert Street, Nechells, B7 5DT
    T: 0121 359 1070

Hospitals

  • Heartlands
    T: 0121 424 2000
  • City Road
    T: 0121 554 3801
  • Good Hope
    T: 0121 424 2000
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Steel House Lane, B4 6NH
    T: 0121 333 9999

The Badger Medical Centre out of hours service please contact your surgery for details

Mental Health Services

Pharmacies in Nechells

  • Nechells Pharmacy, 55 Nechells Park Road
    T: 0121 327 0380
  • Adams Pharmacy, 50-51 Nechells Park Road
    T: 0121 328 4727
  • Mroso, 31 Revesby Walk
    T: 0121 359 2731
  • J Docter Ltd, 67 Rupert Street
    T: 0121 359 4172

Emergency Services

Police

In an emergency please dial 999 on your telephone

For local non-emergency matters please call: 0345 113 5000 or 101

Your Local Neighbourhood Police Team are based at Fowler Street Police Station, Nechells Fowler Street B7 5DA. You can contact them for non-emergency matters by calling 101 Ext 7849 6903/7849 6280.

There are 5 Police Officers and 5 PCSO’s (Police Community Support Officers). Please get to know them by saying hello as they walk around the streets.

If you would like to share your concerns about Police related matters in your community then come along to the Police Consultative Meetings which happen every 2 to 3 weeks call The Pod on 0121 675 4280 to find out the next date, or you can find the list of dates on the internet, at http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/np/birminghamwestandcentral/nh.asp?ID=38

There is a Nechells Ward wide meeting of professionals called the Neighbourhood Tasking Meeting which meets each month. This is made up with people from the Police, Fire Service, Environmental Services, Birmingham City Council, Voluntary Organisations etc. The issues raised at Police Consultative Meetings are taken to this meeting to enable all agencies to work together. If you feel that issues are unresolved at the PCM meeting then please contact Nechells neighbourhood team on 101 ex 7849 6280 or email nechells@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk to have your items discussed at the Tasking meeting, which meets every 4 weeks.

Victim Support

If you are a victim of crime and you would like support, whether you have reported the crime to the police or not, please call 0300 303 1977

Hate Crime

If you are a victim of hate crime (Hate crime is any criminal act committed against a person or property that is motivated by the offender’s hatred of people because of their gender, race, religion, disability or sexual orientation.

What can you do?

True Vision is a national website which is supported by all police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and can be found at www.report-it.org.uk.

The website provides information for victims and the public about what hate crime is and why it is important to report it when it happens.

It also includes a secure online reporting form that allows victims and witnesses to tell the police about hate crimes. The forms are then automatically sent to the relevant police force.

Domestic Violence

If you are a victim or a perpetrator of domestic violence and you would like help and support please call Freephone 24 hr National domestic violence helpline PHONE: 0808 2000 247 or Email:helpline@womensaid.org.uk or Women’s  Birmingham Crisis Centre on 0121 507 0707 24 Hour Helpline.

Fire

In an emergency please dial 999 on your telephone

Our local fire station is in Aston, and although they are always ready to fight fires they also offer a wide variety of advice and support for local residents and businesses around staying fire safe. Have a look on their website http://www.wmfs.net/content/stay-safe.

Ambulance

In an emergency please dial 999 on your telephone

Transport

Buses, Trains and Cycles

Bus routes – you can go onto www.nxbus.co.uk or call 0121 254 7272 to find out what time your bus arrives and the route for it.

Train routes – www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 08457 484950 here you can find your train times and the route in which it takes.

Cycle routes – here is a great website for looking at cycle routes around Nechells, the West Midlands and the whole of the UK http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/birmingham.

How to get to specific places:

  • Matthew Boulton College, Jennens Road, B4 7PS
    T: 0121 446 4545
    Number 66 bus will take you straight there
  • South Birmingham College – Digbeth Campus, High Street Deritend, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SU
    T: 0800 111 6311
    You will need to get the number 66 into town and it’s a short walk down to Digbeth.
  • Tesco Supermarket, Aston Lane, Aston, B6 6QR
    There are no buses from Nechells that go direct to Tesco, however it is just a short walk past Aston Villa Football Club (20mins)
  • PAK Supermarket, 42 Alum Rock Road, Birmingham, B8 1JA
    Bus number 14 – you can get this on Duddeston Road by Heartlands Academy
  • PAK Supermarket, 325 Washwood Heath Road, Birmingham, B8 2XJ
    Bus Numbers 94, 55, 72, 90 – you can get these by Bloomsbury Library, Sportsman Public House or St Matthews Church Bradburne Way bus stops.

Faith

Bloomsbury Evangelical Free Church
Bloomsbury Street
Nechells
Birmingham B7 5BX
T: 0121 243 5679

Church of Christ
Great Francis Street
Nechells B7 4QS
T: 0121 359 8697
Elders: Ezekiel and Daniel Attry
Services: Sunday 11am and 6pm

Church of God of Prophecy
Nechells Outreach Centre
Long Acre
Nechells B7 5JP
Senior Pastor Michael Wilson
T: 0121 327 6209

Ebenezer Mission Hall
Cook St
Nechells B7 5LP (Adjacent to 50 Cook St)
Mr Peter Combellack
T: 0121 382 3295
E: pjcombellack@aol.com
Service: Sun school 10 am, then Morning worship 11:30am
On the 3rd Sun family worship 11am
Independent evangelical church

Nechells Methodist Church
Nechells Park Road
Nechells B7 5PR
T: 0121 386 5612
E: janeashplant@btinternet.com
Revd Jane Ashplant
Service 11 am Sunday
Open Door weekly lunch, Thursday 12:30-2pm, cost £4

House of Praise, RCCG
The junction of Great Lister and Windsor St
Nechells B7 4LW
Pastor Tayo Olotu
E: Tayo.olotu@yahoo.com
T: 07985 588165
Services: Sunday 10am-12pm, Wed 7-9pm

New Jerusalem Apostolic Church
Rocky Lane
Aston Cross B6 5RQ
E: newjchurch@hotmail.com
W: www.newjchurch.com
Bishop Melvin Brooks

St Joseph’s RC Church
Thimble Mill Lane
Nechells B7 5HT
E: stjosephsnechells@btinternet.com
T: 0121 327 0235
Fr Stephen Wimlott (from Autumn 2013)
Mass: Sat evening 6pm, Sunday 11am
Eucharistic Service: Friday  11:45am

St Matthews Church
63 Wardlow Road, Duddeston Manor Road
Nechells, Birmingham, B7 4JH
Church: 0121 359 0801
Rev’d Becky Jones
T: 0121 359 6965
E: becky@astonnechellscofe.org.uk
Service: Sunday 11am
On 2nd Sunday All age worship
W: www.astonnechellscofe.org.uk

St Vincent’s RC Church
Nechells Parkway
Nechells B7 4JY
Very Rev Canon John Carlyle
T: 0121 359 3305
Mass: Sun 10am, 12 noon,

Triumphant Church International
Nechells Primary School
Eliot St
Nechells B7 5LB
E: tcibirmingham@triumphant.org.uk
Pastor Rotimi and Minister Yemi Benjamin
T: 07904 685862, 0755 2406058
Services: Sunday Celebration Service – 10.30am
Children’s Service – 11.00am

Without Walls Fellowship Church
At St Matthews Church
63 Wardlow Road
Nechells B7 4JH
Pastor: Joan Wilks
E: mwilks23@hotmail.com
Service: Sunday morning

Islamic Mosques

Islamic Teaching and Community Centre Mosque
141 Nechells Park Road, Nechells, B7 5PH
T: 07877627747

Nimab Welfare Trust
Great Francis Street, Nechells, B7 4QN
T/F: 0121359 6498
M: 07538281085/6

Councillors & MP

Councillor Tahir Ali
E: tahir.ali@birmingham.gov.uk
T: 0121 303 2039
M: 07867 862136

Councillor Chauhdry Rashid
E: chauhdry.rashid@birmingham.gov.uk
T: 0121 303 2039
M: 07976 095886

Councillor Yvonne Mosquito
E: yvonne.mosquito@birmingham.gov.uk
T: 0121 303 2039

Councillor Surgeries are as follows:

1st Friday of the month (except August or on Public Holidays), 6.30pm
Nechells Baths, Aston Church Road, Nechells, Birmingham

Home visits for the elderly and those unable to attend by prior arrangement on the 2nd Friday of the month, 5.00-6.00pm.
Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB

MP Shabana Mahmood
Write: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Phone: Constituency Office No: 0121 551 2869
London Office No: 0207 219 7818
Constituency Office No: 0121 515 4352
E: shabana.mahmood.mp@parliament.uk
W: www.shabanamahmood.org

Other Services Available in Nechells

RECREATION

Youth Facilities

free@last Primary Youth Clubs
Secondary Youth Clubs
School Leavers 16-18 Youth Clubs
Table Tennis Club
Archery Club
Nechells Young Leaders
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
Family Fun Zone, Star City
Kayaking & Canoe Club (Brookvale Lake)
The POD Out of Hours Activities

Parenting Groups/Support

free@last, 49 Nechells Park Road

The POD, 28 Oliver Street

Parent & Toddler

A parent and toddler group meets in St Matthew’s church. It runs on Wednesday mornings during term-time for those not yet of school age. Although group size varies, we usually have a small group containing five to ten children, allowing for a very sociable atmosphere for child and parent alike.

They engage in an array of craft activities, singing sessions and opportunities for the children to learn through play. Parents have valued these sessions both for their children’s development and also for the informal support they have received from one another for things such as toilet training, sleeping, and behaviour. We often see the children grow in confidence as part of the group and develop their social skills, including sharing, turn taking and making friends – all important for their transition to nursery and reception classes.

For more details come along to one of the sessions or contact Jane Williams (07963 987 353).

Aston & Nechells Foodbank – based at St Matthew’s Church (0121 359 0801) – see http://www.astonnechellscofe.org.uk/cando413_foodbank

If you live in Nechells, the nearest Foodbank is at St Matthew’s Church, Duddeston Manor Road, Nechells B7 4JH each Monday between 12 and 2.30 pm. Please note: if you are not eligible for the Trussell Trust Scheme and / or do not present a voucher, they will not be able to provide food for you.

Scouts

The 211th Scout Group meets at St. Matthew’s Church Hall on Monday evenings from 6:15pm to 7:45pm. They have places for boys and girls in all sections:

  • Beavers (6-8yrs)
  • Cubs (8-10yrs)
  • Scouts (10-14yrs)
  • Explorers (14-16yrs)

They have fun, play games, go out on trips, camping, swimming. They also can earn badges by learning doing our best to take up challenges, helping in the community and the church, by joining in their activities, services and events.

To learn more about our group and how to join it, come along on a Monday evening, or contact Janice Rimmel on 0121 604 2418.

ADVICE & GUIDANCE SUPPORT

  • Debt and Benefit Advice – free@last
  • Drug/Alcohol support agencies – The POD & your local GP
  • Childline Phone Number – 0800 11 11

SERVICES FOR THE OVER 50’S

  • The POD, Oliver Street
  • James Memorial Home, Stuart Street

LEISURE SERVICES AND ORGANISATIONS

Nechells community sports centre & free@last

Post Office

There are two post offices in Nechells and these are:

  • 37 Revesby Walk, Nechells, B7 4LG
  • 102 Nechells Park Road, Nechells B7 5PY

Organisations in Nechells and their contact details

The POD
28 Oliver Street, Nechells, B7 4NX
T: 0121 675 4277
W: www.nechellspod.com

  • Over 60’s Fitness
  • ESOL, GCSE English & Adult Literacy/Numeracy
  • Addaction drop in
  • Pamper sessions
  • Food Net – cook and taste
  • Police Surgery
  • Special Educational Needs Parents Drop in
  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Credit Union
  • Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
  • Friends in Nechells Arts & Crafts Group
  • Holiday activities for primary children

St Matthews Church
63 Wardlow Road, Duddeston Manor Road, Nechells, B7 4JH
T: 0121 359 0801

  • Parent & Toddler
  • Nechells Food Bank
  • Scouts
  • Church Activities

free@last
49 Nechells Park Road, Nechells, B7 5PR
T: 0121 327 5959
W: www.freeatlast.st

  • Youth Services
  • Dads do it too!
  • Debt and Benefit advice
  • Job Club
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
  • Family Support
  • Mentoring
  • Drug and Alcohol Support
  • Adventurous Activities

Nechells Regeneration Project (old Nechells baths)
Nechells Park Road, Nechells, B7 5PD
T: 0121 328 1759

  • Ishra and Khadra Daycare

Nechells Community Sports Centre
Rupert Street, Nechells, B7 5DT
T: 0121 464 4373

  • Gym
  • Football Court
  • Badminton Court
  • Netball
  • Fitness Classes – e.g.: Zumba

Nechells Green Community Centre
Melvina Road, Nechells, B7 4QU
T: 0121 333 4173

Heartlands Social Club
62 Aston Church Road, Nechells, B7 5RX
T: 0121 675 4280

  • Social Gatherings
  • Party functions