Author: Isaac Williams

Walsall-based volunteering services council One Walsall have praised the response to their social media call for help with the vaccination rollout in Walsall, as over 400 volunteers offer their time. Throughout December and January, One Walsall have said that they are looking for volunteers in a range of roles, from administrative support to site guides for vaccination centres. One Walsall to volunteers: ‘we are grateful’ Walsall have thanked those volunteers, referring to them as ‘community heroes’. In a statement, a One Walsall spokesperson said the following: “It is so humbling to see so many local Walsall residents stepping up to support their local communities. We…

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BCU

The University of Birmingham has refused to reduce the prices of its accommodation amidst nationwide calls for a ‘rent strike’. With a third national lockdown in progress, the government has advised students against travelling back to university accomodation, despite many still paying full price for their rooms. Rent strikes are being urged by some, with Instagram pages being used to co-ordinate efforts. This is not the first outbreak of student protest that has ocurred as a result of accommodation during lockdown, with buildings at Manchester University being occupied in November. University of Birmingham targeted Aside from Instagram pages for individual strikes, there is a national account, with…

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Art

With a third national lockdown in 2021 and all theatres, cinemas, and other recreational venues closing, some may struggle to entertain themselves or others over the next few weeks. However, many places, including theatre companies and museums, both in the Midlands and elsewhere, are offering online performances, tours, masterclasses, Q&A sessions, and more. Birmingham Museums has a range of lectures to come, from one on J. R. R. Tolkien’s childhood tomorrow (January 12th), to one about the recent development of children’s toys on the 26th. A little further afield in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company is still offering the chance to watch classic Shakespeare plays on BBC iPlayer, from Romeo…

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Cineworld staff may be asked to pay back wages they are paid while on furlough, a leaked email has revealed. Workers at the popular cinema chain, which employs dozens in the Birmingham area, were hit hard in October when it was announced that the chain would close temporarily, following further delays in the release of Bond movie No Time to Die. Many had the news broken to them over social media, and were further hit when it was revealed they would only be furloughed until the 15th of October, despite the scheme — at the time — extending until the end of October. “To…

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The Not Another Comic Con Birmingham convention team have volunteered to help surprise a young girl with autism with a Doctor Who-themed birthday. Izobel Howell, 15, of Chelmsley Wood, is on the autistic spectrum, and has struggled recently with anxiety stemming from the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions placed on Birmingham. Her mother, Rebecca Howell, wants to make her upcoming 16th birthday “as special as possible”. “She’s been an avid Doctor Who fan since she was two,” Rebecca says. Izobel Howell, pictured at a young age Since being contacted by a friend of the Howell family, the NACC team, headed by Peter…

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Jobs in the UK’s entertainment industry have fallen sharply over the course of 2020, data from the Office of National Statistics has revealed. A report found that vacant jobs in the entertainment industry plummeted from over 23,000 in the first quarter of 2020, to as few as 2000 in the second. This was not met by an increase in held jobs, with employment figures in the industry decreasing by 35,000 across the same period. Source: Office of National Statistics GDP figures show a massive decrease as well — with the GDP of the entertainment industry’s second quarter being half that of the first. During…

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