Conversation, connection, and community

On the last day of June, I had the pleasure of photographing The Mayor's Community Weekend Event which took place at the Nechells Community Centre, Birmingham.

Nechells POD

This was my first time at the community centre, and I was struck by the intrinsic sense of community, togetherness, and connection from everyone who walked through the door. Noran and Zenia told me about how they had set up the community centre nearly ten years ago, and they took me through the journey of how it began as a boarded up, 'bars on the window' building, to what it is today; a haven of community spirit and care for one another. The work that Noran, Zenia, and all the staff at the POD have done is incredible. The centre offers people from the local community a wide range of activities, courses, and support, ranging from ESOL classes, to help passing the driving theory test. I was impressed at the range of things on offer, a lot of things that would be inaccessible for people living in the community.