Welcome to Nechells POD



Nechells POD are proud to be part of the new  “Join the Friendliness Revolution” campaign which is the next phase of the “Permission to Smile” initiative, which is a coalition of voluntary groups, faith groups, businesses and residents, started in Birmingham, who want to see a shift in our ‘keep yourself to yourself’ culture and a restoration of community spirit.

Here at Nechells POD our community are all very keen to join the revolution and make even more new friends!



Nechells POD 10th Birthday


It is hard to believe that Nechells POD is ten years old but today we celebrated our tenth birthday. We started as an Education Action Zone then became a Community Interest Company and In 2015 a charity. We are proud of our achievements and are grateful for all the support we have had along the way. We are very lucky to have some amazing community volunteers who make sure our activities and sessions run smoothly. We also have some brilliant trustees who give their time freely to make sure our charity is run well and that we are managed correctly. There are so many positives about Nechells POD  but the biggest positive is the people who come along to the activities, the brilliant staff, our spectacular partners and wonderful volunteers. Ten years have flown by from Zenia and Noran wondering exactly what they had let themselves in for, to now being so proud to run such a wonderful community project. Roll on the next ten years !!!




In case you feel like singing along to our song the lyrics are below 😉

You know it doesn’t seem long ago
When Zenia and I ran to and fro
Trying to make a great centre
For the people who lived in Nechells
We had lots of help from friends

And funding that sadly ends
Which helped us to create
Nechells POD in the Thames Tower Nursery
And I’m sure you would agree
It couldn’t  fit more perfectly
Than to have a tenth party on the day the POD came to be

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Nechells POD
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Nechells POD

Shantel joined the team
Which made it quite a dream.
She remembered peoples names

And rescued us from the green container games
With Zenia at our side
Our financial guru and guide
Nechells POD grew and grew

Lovely Tina joined the crew

People came from everywhere

To join the fun and care
And we all knew everything
That Nechells POD would bring

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Nechells POD
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Nechells POD

We are so lucky with the community
Who choose to come and join with us
To make Nechells great
Share friendship and support

With people like me and you
Who know the way to truth
Is love and unity to all Nechells children
It should always be a great event
And the whole party should be spent
In full remembrance
Of those who have made this all possible
So let us all begin
We know that love can win
Let it out don’t hold it in
Sing it loud as you can

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Nechells POD


If you haven’t got a paper copy of the Nechells POD story, feel free to click the link, Nechells POD Story ,and read all about our journey over the last 10 years!

Summer Scheme



Day 5:

The Summer Scheme is officially over! It’s been such a great week, and it was a pleasure to have the children with us. Have a look at the slideshow below to see all the amazing photos captured by Sarah on our last day of Summer Scheme. 

For highlights from the rest of the week continue down this page and see what we got up to on each day of our Summer Scheme! 


Day 4:

After a very busy day doing lots of creative things yesterday we are back to our fabulous DREAMS summer activities today. We have had lots of fun outside with Shirley and Fiona from BPCN creating boats and developing a huge collage. With Norton and Hollie from MWFitness we have enjoyed lots of sports activities, particularly team games which have showed just how we can support one anther and that making new friends helps us with cooperation and sharing. Adele and Sarah from Spiltmilk have worked us very hard in perfecting our dances which we will be performing at 2.30pm tomorrow as a grand finale to our week of fantastic dance activities.


Day 3: SeaScape

Today we, along with Birmingham Play Care Network, designed our very own SeaScape. We created the scene, the creatures and even music all to create this amazing Summer themed SeaScape. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and liked working on such a big project! 

‘I enjoyed making the instruments and creating sounds of the sea’ 

‘I liked making the fishing rod to go fishing’

‘The Arts and Crafts was my favourite’ 


Have a look at this short video clip of our Summer Scheme and see some of the things the children are getting up to!

Day 2:

Day 2 of the summer scheme has been amazing with the children making there own Frisbee’s, creating under water themed dances as well as participating in team sport activities. We look forward to tomorrow where the children will build their very own Fun Palace!



Day 1:

The first day of our Summer Scheme is now over and what a great day it was! The children loved all the activities we put on for them and are looking forward to the rest of the week, especially Wednesdays Fun Palace. Thank you to Spiltmilk who had us dancing around, MWFitness who made sure we kept fit and Birmingham Play Care Network who let us go wild with our creativity.



The Nechells POD Team


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