2023 Case Studies Pack
- October 2023
Trueman Change working with Birmingham City Council
Birmingham City Council are preparing to write their new iteration of a 2023 to 2033 arts and culture strategy, “Creatively Birmingham.” This strategy will grow and develop Birmingham’s diverse creative, cultural and arts sectors over the next decade. Birmingham City Council set out a clear statement of intent emphasising “the creativity of Birmingham’s people, our communities, businesses, and organisations, as part of our past, our present and our bold future as a city” and wanted to hear voices from all around the city, from people of all cultures and backgrounds, especially silent and quiet communities.
Led by their Public Health Team, Birmingham commissioned a series of 24 groups held in the community to help to shape the strategy based on people’s lived experiences. At Trueman Change, we delivered 21 of these groups. Our key challenge was doing justice to the importance of reflecting community voices in policymaking. We made sure people’s voices were heard in underrepresented groups and it’s great to know that these voices have become an important part of shaping Birmingham’s future inclusive arts and culture strategy. We reached out to communities across the city in the places where they live, work and socialise, building relationships and set up safe listening spaces where people could share their views and lived experience comfortably.
Senior Change Manager