The Citizenship Committee have had a busy start to 2021, continuing to adapt to our ever-changing circumstances and enabling the Next Generations Awards (NGA) to take place. Our NGA Coordinator Jo Dunlop has ensured that our young people in schools still have an opportunity to develop their community projects with our online learning packs and working closely with schools to ensure citizenship is still on their agenda, despite these trying times.

This year’s first virtual judging panel for the NGAs is on the horizon for King Edward VI Aston and we will soon be looking for assessors, so please do get in touch via nextgenerationawards@googlemail.com if you would be keen to help us to judge the wonderful Active Citizenship projects that secondary school pupils across the city develop this year.

This year has also seen the launch of our new BCS School Stars project that congratulates and promotes the fantastic work Birmingham schools are doing to help their communities. The campaign is running via social media and certificates are being sent out to all schools nominated. We have been delighted with the response and feedback that we have received from schools and nominees for the initiative and have already received nominations for 7 schools and some coverage too.

We are seeking nominations from teachers, PTAs, parents, governors etc. and anyone that is linked to or knows of a school that is doing something amazing, examples might include food bank collections, or packages for the homeless, checking in on older people in the community, providing messages of support and well-being, but there will be lots of other examples too.

If you know of a ‘Birmingham Civic Society School Star’ please send your nominations through via www.facebook.com/BirminghamCivic/  @BirminghamCivic or info@birminghamcivicsociety.org.uk and help us to shine a light on and thank them for their wonderful efforts during these incredibly difficult times.