If you see someone without a smile give them one of yours.

Beaming Brandwood is a 12 month project which aims to raise smiles and cheer within our Brandwood neighbourhood communities, with creative projects and reasons to bring people together. 

It has been scientifically proven that smiling can help you live a longer and happier life and with the current cost of living crisis as well as an ongoing recovery from the pandemic, we all need opportunities which help us feel happier, and feeling connected to other people in the community can help achieve this. People flourish when they are having fun! 

There are four strands to our programme at the moment – crafting, woodworking, activities which promote being physically and socially active and laughing together at a community pop up film event.

Smile-making trails

This Spring and Summer, thanks to funding from Sports England and support from the Active Communities programme, we are creating a series of new walking and fitness trails with a smiling-making twist, to help people get active, get social, have a laugh and enjoy our wonderful Brandwood green spaces and neighbourhoods together.

All trails are being co-designed and tested with local residents and groups. They are at various stages of development.

Laughing together

With thanks to funding from the CoOp Dividend Fund will be running some low cost community comedy movie events in Brandwood which will have us laughing out loud! 

These film event ‘pop ups’ will be part of our Beaming Brandwood programme.  

The Good Yarners

Evening creative sessions for the over 50s where we make things from yarn, textile and wood for wider community benefit and to make a difference within our Brandwood neighbourhoods. And, of course, we have a good yarn as we make! Priority to Brandwood residents.

Meet up with crafters of all experience and abilities to create cheer and raise smiles.

This is part of Smiles Made in Brandwood, funded by Selly Oak Neighbourhood Network Scheme.