At B31 Voices, we believe that connected communities are stronger communities.
We are a volunteer led, non profit community organisation that aims to empower communities across south west Birmingham, by keeping them informed and engaged.
We support our local communities by providing a virtual community hub – on this website and on social media – to bring together residents, visitors, politicians, police, community groups and other community stakeholders, enabling exchange of information, engagement and participation.
Inspired by other hyperlocal blogs, B31 Voices was started by Sas & Marty Taylor on the Hollymoor estate of Northfield in South West Birmingham, UK. Right on the edge of the B31 postcode area, Hollymoor is a residential and business area developed on the site of the old Hollymoor Hospital, a psychiatric hospital closed in 1995 and now almost completely demolished.
The area is part of the suburban sprawl of England’s ‘second city’, on the Worcestershire border. Formerly a rural village, the town of Northfield has been heavily developed during the 20th century. Nearby Longbridge is renowned as being the home of Austin and MG Rover and, since its takeover and closure of the majority of the plant, is undergoing a multimillion pound redevelopment program, aimed at improving the area and providing employment.
With the closure of MG Rover in 2005, the area, its residents, businesses and image were suffering financially and emotionally. The original blog was set up in 2010, looking for ‘good news’ and seeking out the many positive things that were happening in the area.
Over the years, B31 Voices has built up links with and supported community groups, partners and business, become a trusted source of reliable information, acted as a positive advocate for the area and, for many, is the go to place for advice. Behind the scenes, B31 Voices provides support and signposting for help with anything from a lost dog to crime, housing repairs, homelessness, domestic violence and more.
B31 Voices now covers the whole of Northfield constituency (including Frankley, Kings Norton, Longbridge, Northfield, Rednal, Rubery, Weoley Castle and West Heath) and surrounding areas to an extent (Bartley Green, Bournville, Cofton Hackett, Cotteridge, Harborne, Lickey, Quinton, Selly Oak, Stirchley, Woodgate