A pop up community-led workspace & creche 

There’s growing interest in and around Bearwood about the potential for a workspace for people who work from home or want to commute less.  Parents who run their own businesses have been talking a lot too - agreeing that a workspace with a creche would be super-helpful. So how about we try it out?

In the Bearwood & Beyond Homeworkers Facebook Group there’s been lots of discussion about people needing to get out of their home office more, work alongside others sometimes, and have the opportunity to network and collaborate locally.

Local resident Sally Taylor from Bearwood Street Festival & We Are Bearwood has paired up with another local Amy Martin from family arts project - Famalam. Amy runs an initiative at  Impact Hub Birmingham called #RadicalChildcare that looks to explore better outcomes for children and families, she has as also set up a similar workplace creche at Impact Hub Birmingham. Sally , who has lots of experience in community organising with the Bearwood Street Festival and local blog We Are Bearwood.  They are working together to pilot a 4 week pop-up workspace at Lightwoods House with on-site childcare for parents and carers in Bearwood and neighbouring communities.

The workspace will be in the Chance Room at Lightwoods House looking out onto the park with broadband and plenty of natural light, and some creature comforts too (pastries for Breakfast, anyone?). The on-site childcare will operate like a crèche facility, offering free-flow activities for children and include some structured sessions led by experienced artists and early years practitioners.

At or after each session (whichever you prefer), there’ll be the opportunity to tell us what works or doesn’t work about the pilot and what you’d need if a full time workspace was developed that you could tap into.

The longer-term vision

Various community groups, homeworkers and traders have been knocking their heads together and thinking about the potential for a high street location for a community hub.  

Imagine a workspace which is also a drop in centre where shoppers, visitors and residents can pop in and find out about what’s going on locally and how they can get involved.  

Imagine a big calendar with info about the activities at Lightwoods House, Thimblemill Library, Dorothy Parkes Centre, Warley Woods, Warley Baptist and others - all in one place for people to access, whether or not they’ve been connected with any of these places before.  

Imagine a debt, employment or benefits advice surgery for local people who are struggling.  Imagine a place where local people can come together to get community ideas going. The possibilities are endless, especially if we have a good business model for the workspace that could sustain other social initiatives.  

Will you help us imagine the art of the possible? There will be plenty of opportunities during late April and May to do so!

This is a pilot programme and its success will depend upon a shared vision of collaboration and curiosity from a supportive network of freelancers and business owners, parents, carers and early years practitioners. So will you join us?

IMPORTANT INFO.

This event is a pop up co-working and creche facility at Lightwoods House for local freelancers, business owners, remote workers and children aged 9 months + and their parent(s)/carers.

It is a condition of Ofsted that parents/carers stay on site at all times and this creche opportunity combines a co-working/meeting space at Lightwoods House including broadband. The creche and workspace will be in separate rooms. We will be creating a professional environment in one room and a top-notch creche in the other.

Childcare will be provided by qualified childcare professionals and play workers all with enhanced DBS clearance and with experience in the care of children and babies.

Places are strictly limited. If you are unable to commit to your booking please email: info@famalam.org

This opportunity is offered on a pay what you can on entry (suggested donation of £12 per 3 hour session) however BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. We ask that if you need to cancel, you do so at least one week before your booking so that we can offer your space to someone else.

Snacks, toys and juice/water will be provided for children and snacks, teas & coffees for the adults!

Dates

Please note the following dates/times for the pop up work space & creche...

Monday 23rd April 10am-1pm

Monday 30th April 10am-1pm

Monday 7th May 10am-1pm

Monday 14th May 10am-1pm

Cost

Pay want you can. Suggested donations of £10 per 3 hour session will go towards the cost of the sessions, however cost should not prohibit anyone from being able to participate. Donations are taken in cash on the day. Please note booking via Eventbrite is essential.

About Impact Hub Birmingham & #RadicalChildcare

Impact Hub Birmingham is a network of amazing citizens, makers, doers, entrepreneurs, activists and dreamers committed to building a better Birmingham and a better world. Powered by a 6000 sq. ft. collaborative workshop, the Hub is an engine for passion, learning and outcomes where together, we can build a better city.

We believe it is tremendously important to galvanize a community around this issue and hope that you will come on this journey with us. These 4 sessions will hopefully provide us with some critical discussion and feedback about the type of provision required going forward the nature of a community hub and who might design it, own it and how it could become financially sustainable.

Read our #RadicalChildcare backstory here.