What is Giving Hope Changing Lives?

 Giving Hope Changing Lives is Birmingham’s Social Inclusion Process. It’s about trying to build a fairer and more inclusive city.


Birmingham is a distinctive city set apart by its diversity and youth, it’s a great place to live work and play.  It’s a safe and welcoming place where new communities come and make their home.  However there are still major challenges that face the city and some people and communities still do not feel part of mainstream society.

  • In some areas of the city over 50% of working age people do not have employment
  • Around 35% of children in Birmingham are classed as living in poverty,
  • There is over twelve years’ difference between the life expectancy of males in the worst and best wards on the city

Since March we have been working across the city to try come up with solutions to address social inclusion.  Its and independent process being led by the Bishop of Birmingham on behalf of the city, supported by a cross sector, agency, demographic steering group. The work followed Five Key Lines of Enquiry, each being championed by expert practitioners:

How can we maximise the potential of our rapidly changing and diverse population?

Why are some places better off, and how can those that are worse off be improved?

Inclusive Growth
How can everyone share in the city’s growth and prosperity?

How can the wellbeing of the people of Birmingham be improved?

Young People
What can we change to better encourage all our young people to fully develop their talents in a positive way?

We have talked and listened to real people in real places.  We have uncovered surprising statistics and perceptions of Birmingham and its neighbourhoods.  It has enabled us to pull together some findings and recommendations that we feel

What is the Green paper?

This Green Paper sets the scene by describing Birmingham’s challenges, and explaining how five key lines of enquiry (KLOE) were established on the themes of: Place, People, Wellbeing, Inclusive Economic Growth and Young People.  Its is a document deigned for comment and will be updated and shaped by contributions from you and your organisations

The findings of these KLOE groups are reported in the first part of the report, and it is this work that has resulted in seven commitments to social inclusion, with detailed recommendations underpinning each one.

The resulting commitments are to:
  1. Commitment 1: Support families and children out of poverty
  2. Commitment 2: Embrace super-diversity
  3. Commitment 3: Protect the most vulnerable
  4. Commitment 4: Connect people and place together
  5. Commitment 5: Create a city that values young people
  6. Commitment 6: Empower people to shape their neighbourhood
  7. Commitment 7: Address safety, isolation and loneliness
  8. Recommendations are also made for the cultural change that organisations, voluntary and community groups and individuals need to adopt in order to deliver the social inclusion vision.
We now want to hear off YOU. We haven’t talked to everyone, and every organisation and we are now calling for more comment, new ideas and further pledges from individuals and organisations across the city.
  • How can you help turn these ideas into action?
  • Do the recommendations cover the right things? 
  • Is there anything significant that has been missed? 
  • Do you or your organisation have any examples of best practice related to any of the commitments or recommendations that you would like to share? 
You can respond in a number of ways – Click Here

Who is delivering this?

Its an independent process being led by the Bishop of Birmingham on behalf of the city, supported by a cross sector, cross agency, and cross demographic steering group.  It is being facilitated by the partnership team in Birmingham City Council and the University of Birmingham.

What happens next?

We look at all comments made against the paper and recommendations, and this will be fed in to the steering group, who will decide which ones are the most relevant and important, and amend, add or remove items where appropriate.

We will publish responses to the consultation in a report that summarises the responses and describes which areas are identified as being the most important. We invite people who took part in the consultation to comment on this report when it is published.

After the steering group has digested the comments, a revised paper with recommendations which will be launched at the Partnership Summit on November 14th.