The BCA Communities Group draws on the enthusiasm of a number of individuals from a broad variety of organisations with a passion to celebrate their Commonwealth connections for the benefit of Birmingham citizens.
We aim to:
- Celebrate the input to Birmingham society made by Commonwealth communities
- Develop mutually beneficial community initiatives
- Foster community social inclusion by breaking down barriers for cohesion and providing opportunity for community joined up thinking with key partners and stakeholder relationship development.
Chair of the Communities Group
In collaboration with the Registry Office in Birmingham we organise a special one day only Commonwealth Day citizenship event bringing together some 30 individuals from Commonwealth countries who have applied for UK citizenship, to be given their United Kingdom citizenship that day.
In addition to the formal procedures undertaken by the state, our Communities Group present each new UK citizen with a personalised BCA certificate which includes all Commonwealth flags and all 16 Commonwealth values and principles. Two group members also give a short talk about some of the values and principles. Our aim is to make the occasion extra special as well as acknowledging the role of civil society, including those receiving their citizenship, in supporting the goals and values of the Commonwealth.
The BCA supports two registered charities:
Women Acting In Today’s Society (WAITS) – a charity supporting women suffering domestic abuse
Allies Network– is a community organisation set up by women for women that provides culturally sensitive support, advice and an advocacy services on a wide range of issues and concerns faced by ethnic minority women in Greater Birmingham.
We work with
BCA strategic partners
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Supported by Birmingham City Council
The BCA is a branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society
Birmingham Commonwealth Association Ltd, Registered in England and Wales, Co No. 9959637
Reg office: Wick Episcopi, Upper Wick, Rushwick, Worcestershire, WR2 5SY