The convention on twitter

Tweets from today’s convention have all been captured in a storify for you to be able to see the story of the day from start to finish.

You can view them all in one place here:


Selly Oak District Convention Awards

At the end of today’s session Councillor McCarthy and Steve McCabe MP awarded individuals from the different wards for outstanding services to their community – Winners were chosen by their ward Councillors for contributions in volunteering or active citizenship.

The Winners

Brandwood Ward: Roger Dennis (Brandwood Centre) for his work around the Lifford woodland area and the way he has multiplied his own effectiveness by involving local organisations like Challenge adn national organisations like National Trust as well as a local residents ro restore to public use an overgrown area adjacent to Lifford Reservoir.

Billesley Ward: Lynda Batchelor (R & B Learning centre at Moseley Rugby Foundation) – For their work with children in a an after school project.. They also run computer skills training for older members of the community anD supporting CV writing and job applications.

Bournville Ward: Joint award to Peter Walker (Chair Stirchley Neighbourhood forum) and Brenda Thomas (vice chair) – for their work for the neighbourhood forum, Not only have they made Stirchely NF one of the most effective and active an engaging forums in the city (independently judged) but also how they have worked with other nearby forums and community groups and help make the Hazelwell Fun Day, which goes from strength to strength, a great success.

Selly Oak ward: John Clayton – For his excellent work for his local Flood Action group and Selly Park South Neighbourhood Forum, particularly the development of their website, along with his support towards the formation on the friends of Pebble Mill Playing fields.


Special Recognition Awards

As chosen by the District Chair and Service Integration Head.

Special mentions to the Micheal Finnemore and Hughie Spence for their committed work on Druids Heath day-in-day-out for the community.

Winner: Emma Woolf – For her dedicated work with the Friends of Cotteridge Park culminaing in the awarding of Green Flag status for the park earlier on this year. There is a great programme of communiy events in the Park ranging from Tai Chi to the annual Cocomad festival..

Ward Roundtable Discussions

This afternoon conversation took place around ward activities rather than local services.  Each ward was asked to discuss local needs and if their current ward priorities needed changing.

Current priorities in wards are:

Billesley Ward

Building community spirit
Service provision for the elderly
Provision for Children and Young People
Community Safety
Improve the enviroment

Brandwood End

A cleaner, greener and safer ward which will improve the environment people live in.
Accessible and appropriate services for children and young people.


Community Safety, Crime Reduction and anti-social behaviour.
Improving the local enviroment
Improving facilities for Young people and other vulnerable groups
Improving Health
Working with local groups and partners.

Selly Oak

Improving the physical environment with in the ward
Community safety and crime reduction
Environment Services – Refuse collection
Action for Young People

New priorities for the areas will be drafted from these conversations and developed at a later date – to see the direction the groups maybe taking follow the conversations live on the  #SOconv tag on twitter.

Round Table Discussions – Facilitator Feedback

At the end of Session 2 the groups are feeding back key points that were covered in the discussion groups:

Health and Wellbeing

There was a focus on local – collaboratively working to make things happen, Focus on spaces in communities – green space. Being connected and have space to be connected in improves engagement and so improves health

Young People and Children

This group talked about what was available in the district and identified there are gaps in provision. There are budget cuts coming along so how to we work together to fill the gaps – working with voluntary groups and businesses

There’s need to improve communication to share what’s going on  – is digital the answer?

Planning and funding cycles – are they too short to make a difference or do we need to think outside of the box?

Could voluntary groups strengthen links in local school and use their facilities.

We need in ensure young people have  say in how services are being delivered – could we set up a youth forum . council?

Cooperative District

Everyone agreed a cooperative district would be desirable  – not just council but groups, business etc.  –  but there is some hard work to be done to make it happen.
There are very good reasons why we are not currently a cooperative council but we could work to find a balance.

Community Safety

Focused on perceptions of safety. Crime and ASB decreasing and perception is it’s rising

Does this mean there is a  gap in communication – is there a lack of confidence that anything will be done so incidents are going unreported or figures need better communicated?

There needs for be more community engagement – getting people out of isolation and engaged locally – We can work at grassroots level , maybe change structure to meetings to make them more accessible to more people.

Thematic Roundtable Discussusion – Session 1

In the first part of the day attendees took part in roundtable discussions along the themes of:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Being a co-operative district
  • Young People and Children
  • Community Safety
  • Lets talk about something else – a space to discuss anything not covered in the above.

The conversation revolved around modeling services and attendees thoughts on the above for the Selly Oak district.

Lots of comments were made about communication and collaborative learning and working.

Around young people and children it was noted that deprivation affect peoples access to services and some things are subsidised to make them accessible.

On safety issues It was thought that people’s perceptions of crime is their reality – and there needs to be a shift to acknowledge and work on this .

The cooperative district table discussed independent Councillors and the need for community networks/engagement.

And Health and wellbeing discussed green spaces, ease of access to networks and services and communication.

A real time overview was tweeted on the #SOconv tag and the whole twitter conversation will be archived at the end of the day.