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The Heart of England

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The Chris Bryant Centre - YMCA Birmingham Training & Conferencing

301 Reservoir Road

Birmingham

B23 6DF

United Kingdom

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Experience a warm West Midlands welcome from YMCAs in the Heart of England.

Britain’s second largest city, Birmingham is famous for having more miles of canal than Venice and more public parks than any equivalent city in Europe (an incredible 571 – covering 3,500 hectares!). It is also home to the world-famous Cadbury’s chocolate factory which sits amidst Britain’s first social housing development, Bournville village, built by Richard and George Cadbury in 1879 to provide high-quality accommodation for their workers. The neighbouring ‘Black Country’ – so called because the air was reputed to be black with soot from factories and smokestacks – was once part of Britain’s industrial heartland. Made up of four distinct districts, today it offers a vibrant mix of shopping, art, music, history, theatre, sport and film.

The region hosts some of the oldest YMCAs in England (outside of London) with the first recorded YMCA being set up in Deritend, Birmingham, in 1849.

YMCA Birmingham and YMCA Black Country are delighted to welcome YMCA colleagues from across the world to the West Midlands. This exciting Discovery Visit will include:

  • An opportunity to visit the YMCA national archives at Birmingham University

  • A tour of YMCA Birmingham’s flagship development project, The Orchard, which combines housing, children’s work, community volunteering, training and a vibrant community and conferencing centre

  • A visit to the Black Country Living Museum (BCLM) one of the finest and largest open-air museums in the United Kingdom. Spread over twenty-six acres, the BCLM has recreated the Black Country as it used to be – a real and lively place, with a village and charismatic residents to chat with, trams to ride, games to play and stories to hear and also journey into a coal mine.

  • A community meal that reflects the international flavour of the West Midlands’ many diverse communities, with YMCA partners ‘Flavours of Winson Green’.

  • Visit YMCA Black Country’s landmark Western Gateway scheme, providing an opportunity to hear from young people in YMCA housing, and health and wellbeing programmes about the difference that YMCA is making to them, and how Chaplaincy helps provide spiritual support.

  • A mouth-watering tour of Cadbury World to see how the world-famous chocolate is made – and sample some for yourself! - but also learn about Cadbury’s history as a Quaker social action project based in Birmingham.

The activities planned will share and celebrate what is rewarding about YMCA work in this diverse region of England, the role it plays in local communities, and the collaborative faith inspired approach that YMCAs take to working together.

Trip Information
The Discovery Visit will begin with delegates’ arrival at your hotel in Birmingham on the evening of Wednesday 31 July, and conclude at approximately 3pm on Sunday 4 August, after which delegates will be dropped off at Birmingham New Street station for your onward journey to London for YMCA 175.

Accommodation is included for the nights of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 31 July,1, and 4 August. Catering begins with breakfast on Thursday 1st August. Transport will be provided to and from all venues from Thursday morning to Saturday afternoon.

The visit is being jointly hosted by YMCA Birmingham and YMCA Black Country. We look forward to welcoming you to the Heart of England!


Helpful travel advice

The Midlands is appropriately named for being in in the middle of England meaning is is accessible by most airports in the UK, the nearest airport is Birmingham International (BHX) 20 minutes from the city.

Take the train to Birmingham New Street, Take the tram outside the station from Grand Central Platform 1 to Black Lake stop (23 mins 16 stops)
6 minute walk to hotel B70 0NP


Once your visit is complete we suggest you take the train from Birmingham New Street to London Euston.


Useful website for train tickets www.trainline.com or www.nationalrail.com

Useful website for further travel information: http://www.skyscanner.net and https://www.omio.com/


During your visit your host YMCA will coordinate travel, accommodation, food and ticket entry to any excursions.


Please note that all trips are non-refundable at the time of booking. If you have any further questions, please look at our FAQs. We also invite you to view our Discovery Visits Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. You can also contact us via email


As a reminder, if you are not registered for YMCA175 already please do so at www.ymca175.com. This is not included in the cost of your Discovery Visit, and is a requirement of being eligible to participate in Discovery Visits.





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B23 6DF

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