Pre-Summit Workshops (Optional)
1. Housing and Homelessness
As anyone living or working in Birmingham will know, homelessness and rough sleeping are on the rise. Why is this? What can/should be done about it? In this workshop, we will examine the causes, trends and the roles of government, society and business in moving towards a sustainable solution.
Facilitator: Jean Templeton, Chief Executive, St Basils
Tuesday 5th September, 18.00 to 20.00.
Venue: St Basils, Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AX
Education, Education, Education! Education is the key to social and economic advancement. How are we doing in Birmingham? Well, better than some of the media would have us believe ….we will demonstrate the progress made in Birmingham and present some excellent best practice. However, many challenges remain for our schools, policy makers and indeed for employers who, as end consumers, have a vital role to play.
Facilitator: Colin Diamond, Executive Director of Education, Birmingham City Council.
Wednesday 13th September, 18.00 to 20.00.
Venue: Aston University Engineering Academy, 1 Lister St, Birmingham, B7 4AG
3. Employability and skills for ex –offenders
Ex-offenders, particularly in younger age groups, present some of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Unemployed ex-offenders are in the worst employment position and need skill acquisition and jobs. Many ex-offenders would welcome the opportunity to work. What ideas do we have so that they acquire necessary skills and employment?
Facilitator: Leo McMulkin, Chief Operating Officer, Acivico
Tuesday 19th September, 17.30 to 19.30.
Venue: Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre, Aston Business School, , B4 7ET
4. Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
We’re often told that entrepreneurship and small business are the lifeblood of a growing economy and employment. Through employment, all business contributes to social good. But some businesses go the extra mile. In this workshop, we will look at these businesses and the importance of providing the right environment and support to help them flourish.
Facilitator: Mick Westman
Thursday 21st September, 18.00 – 20.00
Venue: i-Centrum, Holt Street, Birmingham, B7 4BP
5. Wellbeing & Mental Health
Right now, mental health is right at the top of the media agenda. But this is not a new issue; mental health has long been a bane of stable family life, employer-employee relations and a huge unrecognised drain on our social services and health system. In this workshop, we will highlight the main causes and debate the potential solutions.
Facilitator: Ian Ravenscroft, BBC 3
Tuesday 26th September, 18.00 -20.00
Venue: BBC The Mailbox, 102-108 Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 1RE