Earlier this week we announced the project WOW (Women Of Ward End). As an organisation we are proud to have received investment through the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games City Festival Grants Program. We will be delivering WOW Festival (Women Of Ward End), working with local residents to produce a once in a lifetime experience in conjunction with the games, with the local community of Ward End, in a project that is centred around art, culture and creativity.
It is an exciting time for the city with over 150 projects in line with the Commonwealth Games 2022, which you can read more about here.
According to the Deprivation in Birmingham Report by Birmingham City Council in 2019; Birmingham suffers from high levels of deprivation, with 43% of the population living below the poverty line. Ward End is in the 10% of the most deprived communities in England where 21% of children under 16 are living in the most deprived areas, including Washwood Heath and Alum Rock. As a city, Birmingham is ranked the 7th most deprived local authority in England.
We have an opportunity right now to build infrastructure, invest in the Arts and celebrate Ward End for its creative ingenuity, bilingual tongue and harness the energy from people, neighbouring communities and the growing economy.
We will be working with Dolphin Women’s Centre, Unity Hub and Friends Of The Park over the next 4 months in delivering 12 day long arts practice workshops exploring music, poetry, theatre and more with local residents. These workshops will lead up to a one day, once in a lifetime, never to be repeated festival in Ward End Park on Saturday 6th August 2022.
As a company we have been working in Ward End and alongside the community throughout 2021 delivering our project BLK+GRN. This project saw us work with over 30 women and have conversations online, and had our first viral moment with over 150 retweets on the importance of including Black and Brown communities in conversations about the environment.
We are truly passionate about lending a hand in the development of the area, and wish to see the people of Ward End recognised for their creativity, innovation and originality. This community is hugely underrepresented within Birmingham, which is one of the main reasons we have decided to work in this area.
It is an integral part of the values of Girl Grind UK to exercise the importance of showcasing the talent of communities that aren’t necessarily given the same chances or opportunities as others.
This project embodies who we are and what we set out to do when starting this company. We aim to support Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority women and non-binary people on their personal and professional grind, and throughout this project we will be doing just that.
You are all our priority, and we hope you will see our vision and support us throughout. Your Ish is our Mish.