|Image from 2011, youth centres were under threat|
A series of presentations (see twitter notes below in reverse chronological order - sorry, will have to work that one out better someday)
It was particularly nice for me to see so many familiar faces, and none less than Cllr Sue Anderson, who opened my first exhibition with Rosemary Lodge Residential Home on Alcester Road, Kings Heath some fourteen years ago (as Birmingham Lord Mayor of the time, 1999). Also saw Claire from my days as Billesley Annexe Youth worker in the last century, or so it feels. I tried to find an image of the Billesley Annexe - only images were on BNP site. Also got to find out sad demise of Youthwise.
On a bit of tangent, I've been doing a bit of research into road safety for 'Car Culture' project in our schools - in 1973 Councillor Theresa Stewart (Lord Mayor in 2000) led a campaign after tragic death of 6 yr old Neil Potter in Maypole, leading to a proliferation of crossings for pedestrians across Birmingham under our first female Lord Mayor, Marjorie Brown (who also opened the soon-to-be-demolished Central Library). If anyone knows anything about this campaign to make roads safe, Birmingham Campaigns for road safety, or Marjorie Brown, please let me know.
Great to see so much will to sort out the problems across the political divides - It'll take some pretty creative partnerships to sort out youth service provision on a shoestring over coming months...