Creating a co-operative community – The Active Wellbeing Society working with Birmingham City Council
Posted on 6th October, 2021
The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) is a Birmingham-based community benefit society and cooperative working with communities in areas of high deprivation to tackle inequality and promote wellbeing. Ordinarily focused on supporting communities to be more physically, socially and civically active, their work changed overnight in March 2020.
As supermarket shelves emptied and services shut their doors, many were concerned about the devastating impact Covid-19 would have on vulnerable communities. In Birmingham, where 40% of people live in the top 10% most deprived households nationally, poverty was already a significant issue. The pandemic exposed and exacerbated levels of inequality, and TAWS turned their work to help meet the changing needs of its communities.