Community directories

Birmingham has several community directories, which have been set up by different people, for different purposes and for different audiences.  Here’s the list of the directories we know about, which can help you find out about places, services, activities and other things to do in Birmingham’s neighbourhoods and communities.

Birmingham’s Digital Directories of Community Assets

Connect to Support

What is it and what is it for?

Connect to Support is an online information and advice guide, a community directory and marketplace for citizens of Birmingham. It has replaced My Care in Birmingham and was developed to support Birmingham City Council’s Adult Social Care and Health vision and the new Social Work model to help people to live healthy, happy and independent lives.

What information is on it?

Connect to Support is designed to provide people with easily accessible information about local groups, clubs and associations as well as information and advice on a variety of subjects. Information and services are organised across different categories (e.g. housing) meaning visitors can quickly link to appropriate guidance or organisations. Visitors can search for groups and activities by location, condition and age.

Connect to Support also features an electronic marketplace which is a one-stop shop of details about local goods and services to support people to look after themselves. The interactive Equipment House can help people find the right equipment to help them stay independent in their own home. Users can click on the room of the house that they need help in (e.g. the bedroom), then select the issue they need help with (e.g. getting in and out of bed), then select a solution to their problem (e.g. bed rails). This will take the user to a list of products and services which includes a description of the product and a link to the relevant external website where the equipment can be purchased.

 Who is it for?

ConnecttoSupport is intended for residents and professionals in Birmingham who want to find out about local groups, activities and services within the community.

Who runs it?

Connect to Support is run by Birmingham City Council and outsourced to Public Consulting Group.

 Who’s responsible for updating it?

Connect to Support is updated regularly by Public Consulting Group.

GrantNav

What is it and what is it for?

GrantNav is a platform for using 360Giving data that allows anyone to search, explore and download information about grants awarded across the UK and locally by over 60 different organisations.

GrantNav was developed to make it easier to find out which organisations have funded which sectors or regions, and to map out the resources that are available and how this may have changed over time. This helps visitors to quickly obtain an overview of other organisations working in the same areas. GrantNav also makes it possible to see connections between funders, i.e. which ones are supporting the same organisation, place or areas of funding interest, e.g. arts and culture.

What information is on it?

GrantNav uses grant data from funders that publish information to the 360Giving Standard. To date, over £8 billion of grants have been shared and new data is added as more organisations publish their grants to the 360Giving Standard.

Who is it for?

GrantNav has been developed for anyone to use, and it is particularly useful for anyone interested in funding, fundraising, and data about the UK voluntary sector. It can help funders understand what sharing open data (using the 360Giving standard) means in practice and, once they have shared their data, GrantNav is a place where they can explore their own information alongside other funders. GrantNav is also helpful for charities looking to find out who might consider funding their work.

Who runs it?

GrantNav is run by 360Giving with support from Open Data Services Cooperative. 360Giving supports funders to share data about their grant-making in an open and comparable way and supports people to understand and use the data.

Who’s responsible for updating it?

GrantNav is updated each month, adding new and updated data using the 360Giving Standard. The update process happens at the beginning of each month, which means a new version goes live at around 10th of each month.

WellBrum

What is it and what is it for?

WellBrum is a directory that shows local services, organisations, activities and events that can help people manage specific life issues, and lets individuals make a personal ‘wellness plan’ from these resources to support them to put their wellness journey into action.

WellBrum has two main functions. Firstly, visitors can search the directory by organisation name, key words (e.g. ‘yoga’), location, and issue or goal (e.g. ‘help my children be more active’).

Secondly, WellBrum enables individuals to create, and track the progress of, a holistic wellness plan that embeds them into a local support network. Part of managing a wellness plan is to share it securely with people, public services, and community groups in an individual’s personal network so they can provide joint support in achieving personal goals. With their help, individuals use standard self-assessment tools to manage their progress, and provide structured feedback on community resources they use.

Additionally, anonymised data from wellness plans lets funders determine which resources are delivering value to meet each type of need, which allows gaps and overlaps to be addressed.

What information is on it?

WellBrum is a local website that sits within the Town Digital Hub database. The Town Digital Hub links over 100 data tables that capture many different aspects of a community. Currently WellBrum is populated for the districts of Ladywood and Edgbaston – with the intention of extending this to the whole of Birmingham.

Who is it for?

WellBrum is for individuals who want to take control of personal issues with the support of their local community, and for professionals who want to support those individuals to create and learn to manage their personal online wellness plan.

Who runs it?

WellBrum is commissioned by the Living Well Consortium via their lottery-funded project GiftExchange.

Who’s responsible for updating it?

The Town Digital Hub project, GiftExchange staff and community members collaborate to keep WellBrum updated.

URBRUM The Waiting Room

What is it and what is it for?

The Waiting Room (TWR) is an online directory that allows anyone to search and connect to local and national health and wellbeing support from over 500 services.

TWR was developed to support Birmingham’s citizens and professionals to easily access health and wellbeing services. Services are categorised across 24 Life Domains, e.g. Mental Health, meaning visitors can quickly link to appropriate lists of local and national organisations, websites and contact numbers.

Another element of TWR is the Resource Key. The Resource Key is a key fob with an embedded QR code which, when scanned with a smart phone or tablet, connects the user directly to TWR directory.

What information is on it?

Content on TWR is diverse and it has links to over 500 health and social care services and, within its domains, TWR also incorporates other directories, such as BVSC’s Route2WellBeing. Local and national organisations can submit their own information that is checked before being made live.

Who is it for?

TWR has been developed for anyone to use, and it is particularly useful for citizens and professionals who want to find out what local health and wellbeing support is available.

Who runs it?

TWR was developed and is managed by Common Unity Social Enterprise.

 Who’s responsible for updating it?

Common Unity and their associates are responsible for updating TWR.

Route2wellbeing

What is it and what is it for?

Route2wellbeing is an online portal to local voluntary and community health and care services in Birmingham.

Route2wellbeing makes it easy to find local services and activities that promote good health and wellbeing, e.g. financial advice, physical activities and support for carers. Services are organised across different categories meaning visitors can quickly link to information about appropriate local services.

What information is on it?

Route2wellbeing allows users to set their own location and search from a wide range of services which are local to them. Information is stored on a service by service basis, meaning that organisations can have multiple listings, with each service and different location or point of access displayed for the user. Information provided for each service includes contact details, address, website link, who the service is for, and a description of the service.

Who is it for?

Route2wellbeing is for members of the public, health professionals and other local support agencies. For example, GPs can use it to encourage signposting and referrals to local VCS provision that will support patients to find local, non-medical support and guidance in addition to that which the health service can offer them.

Who runs it?

Route2wellbeing is the result of collective partnership work between Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) and the local consortium of GPs, SCVO, Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), with BVSC having responsibility for its coordination.

 Who’s responsible for updating it?

BVSC.

Third Sector Directory

What is it and what is it for?

The Third Sector Directory is an online tool that allows people to search and find information about third sector organisations across Birmingham.

 What information is on it?

Organisations are grouped across 20 categories, e.g. animal welfare and international development, meaning visitors can quickly link to information about local organisations. Groups can be searched for by name, service category (e.g. international development), specific clientele they support (e.g. gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people), location (e.g. Selly Oak), or key word (e.g. ‘allotment’).

Organisations are listed in all relevant categories, meaning that some will appear multiple times. Information provided for each service includes contact details, address, website link, who the service is for, and a description of the service.

 Who is it for?

The Third Sector Directory is for members of the public, health care professionals and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Birmingham.

 Who runs it?

BVSC.

 Who’s responsible for updating it?

BVSC.