Community support

Funding level: Up to £1,000


We are applying to raise funds to improve the old, inefficient lighting in our church hall to better, more energy efficient lighting for the benefit of the many local groups which use the building.

Selly Oak Quaker Meeting House is widely used by different community groups. As well as our worshiping community, the Meeting House is regularly used by other faiths, mental health support groups, yoga classes, local musicians, a choir, dance academy and special interest groups such as Birmingham Natural History Society.
We have listed the current groups below.

We want it to be clear to everyone that the building is loved, well maintained and energy efficient. Unfortunately, the lighting in our main hall is dated, consisting of strip fluorescent units which are both harsh in their lighting and inefficient in their energy use. In four of the units, only one of the two tubes is working and in one unit both tubes have failed. We feel that now is the right time to replace these long serving lights with new lighting, creating a brighter, more welcoming space for all the groups that use the building.

We have met with local lighting firms to obtain quotes and the total cost of the project can be fully covered by this Aviva Community Fund grant.

Current Community Groups using Selly Oak Quaker Meeting House:
Selly Oak Quakers, Quaker Art Group, Circle of Friends, Jill Woodman's yoga groups, Tai Chi, Bournville Graduates Choir, Sikh Ladies social group, L'Areeva Dance Academy, Helen's Accordion Group, Black Adder Morris Dancing Group, Birmingham Natural History Group,
Association for Shared Parenting, Mindfulness Group, Cris Community Network, Local community book group, Alexander Technique Practise, Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, Gateway Community Health Promoters and we will soon be hosting a Birmingham Mind group.

Project Video

Religious Society of Friends Selly Oak (One of the Central England Area Quaker Meeting Charities)

Moment of Pride

We are a small faith community that takes pride in offering a safe, affordable and welcoming space to many different groups and communities in the South Birmingham area. This project will enable us to create a more inviting space while reducing our environmental impact.

Location: 930 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6NB, United Kingdom