Neighbourhood Network Schemes

Neighbourhood Network Schemes (NNS) are designed to support older people in Birmingham to connect with individuals, groups, organisations, activities, services and places in their local neighbourhood. They are an integral part of Birmingham City Council's community social work model. There are more details on NNS and also the city council's procurement process at https://www.bvsc.org/neighbourhood-network-schemes-in-birmingham

They are locality and constituency based networks which enable the engagement with and investment in community assets. This approach is integral to a new community social work model, and the overall investment by Birmingham City Council’s Adult Social Care & Health in “Prevention First”.
What are Neighbourhood Network Schemes all about?

  • Older people and communities,
  • Universally accessible assets and activities, which older people can benefit from.
  • Assets and activity specifically for older people

Constituency based networks are bringing together voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations and groups, as well as statutory agencies to engage and work with, and support, older adults and communities. 

The networks are organised by a Lead Facilitator, with delegated responsibilities and budgets from Birmingham City Council, to implement and manage the Neighbourhood Network Scheme in each constituency. Networks will invest in, and support the development of, community assets, as well as the individuals, groups and organisations who are delivering community activity. They will connect, broker and link community assets to citizens and statutory agency practitioners (e.g. social workers and GPs). Networks will also locally commission activity, through a micro and small grants scheme, building on the community offer and/or making it more accessible for older people.
Contracts and budgets
Contracts are awarded for Lead Facilitators for a minimum of two years from February 2019. Each constituency has a budget of between £170,000 to £280,000 to cover costs for staff, management, investment in support for community assets, and local commissioning of activity through micro and small grants. 

You can watch a small video about the NNS below.

Contact details

For more information about this piece of work, please contact Benita Wishart via email  or phone 0121 678 8854

Prevention Newsletters

Aimed initially at social work teams and wider Adult Social Care officers, the Prevention Newsletter might be of interest to a wider readership. Read previous newsletters, including the latest one below: 

October: Yardley


November: Hall Green


August: Perry Barr and Selly Oak


June: Edgbaston


May: Hodge Hill


March: Erdington


February: Ladywood


December: Northfield