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Please check back here every so often for our latest news and updates on what’s happening at Karis Neighbour Scheme.


We apologise if you’ve been having problems getting hold of us on our phones, our lines have been down the past couple of weeks and it has been a protracted process trying to sort this out with our suppliers. However, the problem has now been resolved and you should be able to get through to us again.


A huge thank you to everyone who voted for us in the Aviva Community awards, we’re very pleased to announce that thanks to your support we’ve been selected as one of the finalists out of the hundreds and hundreds of projects that applied and will find out in the New Year if we’ve won an award for £5,000.


Thanks to all of you who came along to our Ceilidh fundraiser this evening and helped raise valuable funds for our work as a charity. We hope you enjoyed all the dancing, we thought the band and the caller did a fantastic job, as did The Real Junk Food Project providing us with some really tasty food at the start of the evening.


If you’d like to support our work there are a few different ways you can do this over the next month or so.

First, if you’re a fan of barn dances or ceilidhs it’d be great if you could join us at St John’s & St Peter’s Church, Darnley Road, B16 8TF, on Saturday 29th October from 6pm for our annual ceilidh. Tickets are £10 (£5 concessions) and there will be food provided by The Real Junk Food Project at the start of the evening. It is always lots of fun and its really easy to get involved if you’ve never been to a barn dance before! Contact us for tickets at

Second, if you shop at Waitrose in Harborne then keep an eye out for us in their Community Matters scheme this month, the more tokens we receive the bigger share of the fund we receive towards supporting our Christmas party for many of the older people we support.

Third, watch this space for details of the Aviva Community Fund, opening on 21st October, where you can help us by voting for our Children & Families work to be one of the projects to receive a grant of up to £5,000.


We’re planning to give our office a new coat of paint during half term week. If you’re a dab hand with a roller and can spare a morning or afternoon to help us please do get in touch with Harry at or give us a call on 0121 456 3212.


We’ve got a lot happening over the summer for local families, for a full list of what’s on head over to our facebook page.

For more information about other things happening in the local area this summer, for all ages, keep an eye out for these Summer Fun booklets produced by the Ladywood Community Development Trust or similarly have a look at here.



Since the EU referendum result we’ve been aware that the vote has effected a lot of people in our community.

Karis Neighbour Scheme continues to be a place of welcome for any and all people in our community, whoever you are. If you need the friendship or support we offer, we will gladly give it, and we also welcome those who want to give to others, to be a good neighbour.

We will carry on treating people with grace, compassion, kindness and care in line with our values and our vision is as relevant as ever:

“To enable people to act as good neighbours so that grace can change lives and transform communities.”

– The Directors and Staff of Karis Neighbour Scheme


Are you interested in helping people to find work? Are you confident with computers and can help others with basics like using office software or getting online?

Thanks to The Jericho Foundation we’re currently holding a job search session on a Wednesday alongside our Community Advice drop-in at the Ladywood Health & Community Centre, we’ve been a lot busier than anticipated and could do with some volunteers to help out over the next few weeks. We’re also looking at whether there may be people who are interested in establishing a more permanent job club and could give time to running regular sessions.

If you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity please contact Harry at or on 0121 456 3212.


A very big thank you today to the gentleman who has just generously donated all the food below, we helped him with a small food parcel a few weeks ago out of our food store and he had said he would replace the food when he could. Today he more than fulfilled that promise after his benefits had come back into payment. Brilliant that he wanted to ensure we could provide for others who find themselves in similar situations.

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We’ve been seeing a lot of people at our office recently who have been sent down from the jobcentre in order to make calls about their benefits. It is a relatively small thing to be able to make our phones available to use for people in crisis but we had a wonderfully encouraging response from one lady who we saw today, who mid-way through trying to sort out her issue said to us:

“I think you guys are doing a brilliant job and I’ve only just met you. I can’t believe you can come somewhere like this and someone can just help you!”