Our priority area covers the seven urban local authorities in the Midlands, working intensively at the heart of the communities we support

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We have had a strong presence in the Midlands since 1893 and last year alone we worked with over 3,000 children and young people. 

Why we're investing in the Midlands

  • There are approximately 175,000 children in the Midlands living in poverty. Yet 9 out of 10 people underestimate the extent of poverty in the area, with over one-third putting the figure below 25,000
  • In some wards in the region, over 50% of children live in poverty
  • In six of the seven urban local authorities, the average weekly gross pay is less than £500, lower than the national average
  • In six authorities, the percentage of benefit claimants is higher than the national average and in three it stands at over 20%
  • In Birmingham, unemployment is over 14%, almost twice the national average
  • In six of the authorities, infant mortality is higher than the national average
  • The average rate of teenage pregnancy (15 – 17-year-olds) stands at 50 per 10,000 in four authorities, and above the national average
  • The rate of looked-after children is considerably higher than the national average in all seven of the urban local authorities
  • We estimate that over 6,000 children run away from home or from care every year.

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Building on our existing work in the Midlands

Across the Midlands, we are already undertaking some great work in our services inlcuding progressive work in young people's mental health and well-being as well as our ongoing tackling child sexual exploitation.

We have recently opened two new services in the Midlands including Pause; our drop-in mental health service for 0-25's in Birmingham, in partnership with Forward Thinking Birmingham; as well as being commissioned by Nottinghamshire Country Council in partnership with Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Groups to deliver a Child Sexual Exploitation (Safe Choices Nottinghamshire) and Child Sexual Abuse (Safe Time) therapeutic support service.

We’ve formed a new partnership with Birmingham City Council to bring the voice of children into the centre of the future of the city.

We completely support the review of services to support children at risk of sexual exploitation across the Midlands led by Home Office director general of crime and policing, Stephen Rimmer, as a fantastic step in improving services and intervention for extremely vulnerable young people. 

What we will do

Working in seven urban local authorities (Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton) in the Midlands, we have four priorities:

  1. Put the voice of children and families at the centre of the fight against childhood poverty and adolescent neglect
  2. Work to provide the unmet need for young people and families who need support in the areas of mental health and well-being
  3. Develop our community-based approach, including volunteers and supporters, to reach the highest number of vulnerable children and families
  4. Deliver more innovative and impactful services to meet the needs of vulnerable children and families.

Our approach

We want to work with partners to take a more strategic approach in our biggest cities – to become more than the sum of our parts. 

By combining the clout of a national charity with local service delivery, knowledge and partnerships, we will be able to become more focused on the needs of children and young people within communities.

We will concentrate our campaigning, influencing and delivery work on the lives of children and young people and support more families out of poverty, building on our 15,000 supporters already working towards these aims in the Midlands – but we will only achieve this through working alongside and investing within communities.

What will our vision achieve?

Our vision for The Children’s Society in the Midlands is clear. We want to be a part of a Midlands where poverty is no longer a barrier to children getting a decent start in life and families and communities are supported so neglect is challenged. 

Yet no one organisation can do this in isolation.  Local authorities, health partners, schools, the voluntary and community sector and faith organisations need to come together to tackle child poverty and adolescent neglect in the Midlands. 

Where you can find us in the Midlands - our services

The Children's Society in Birmingham and Coventry includes:

  • Helping Further
  • My Place
  • Meet and Greet

The Children's Society in the Black Country includes:

The Children's Society in Nottinghamshire includes:

Use our map to read more about our services and shops in the Midlands.

Fundraising and donating

Our local fundraising team works with our brilliant groups, committees, supporters and other partners to raise the money which is so vital to our work.

There are many ways you can help, such by donating at one of our shops, volunteering (more on this below) or doing a trek or triathlon to raise funds.

Please get in touch to support our work, or make a donation today.


We have a large group of committed people who volunteer their time to support our work.

Examples of volunteering opportunities include:

  • befriending a young person in care by becoming an Independent Visitor at one of our children’s rights services
  • helping out in one of our shops
  • organising a fundraising event

Find out more about volunteering or contact Jenny Crosby for more information.

Commission us and partner with us

Many local authorities and other organisations have chosen us to help them deliver their services.

We know that many areas are seeking new and innovative ways of addressing local needs and of empowering local communities to participate in finding solutions. In response we are reshaping our local services to strengthen our infrastructure and become more strategically focused on regions' and sub-regions' needs. We believe this makes us an important strategic partner.

Find out more about commissioning us

Additional information

Learn more about what we do for young people and families across the country.