‘Don’t Even Think About Cutting Oakland Young People’s Centre!’

Legendary photographer Vanley Burke leads ‘pop up’ photoshoot of supporters of Handsworth public services.

Friends, supporters and users of Handsworth public services gathered outside of the Oakland Young Peoples’ Centre on 10 June to take part in a unique ‘pop up’ photo shoot, led by the ‘Grand Father’ of Black British documentary photography, Vanley Burke.The photo-shoot was called to show our appreciation of the work carried out by the Oakland Young People’s Centre and to demonstrate our determination to resist any future attempts to cut, close down, or privatise these facilities or any other of our local public services.

Vanley Burke’s images are available here:


Photographer Vanley Burke has for the last 30 years, been chronicling the lives and struggles of the people of Handsworth.

Oakland Young People’s Centre has been providing essential services to the young people of Handsworth for over 30 years. In 2015/16 over 4,500 young people from Handsworth’s diverse communities participated in a range of activities.

The Birmingham Carnival Youth and Art Community development project led by the veteran Handsworth cultural worker Professor Black is based in the building. At present it is run by one full-time and five part-time members of staff.

About Handsworth Against the Cuts

 We are a diverse group of Handsworth residents who have come together because of our deep concern and growing anger at the devastating impact that the latest £250 million of cuts to Birmingham Public Services will have on our local communities, especially the young, the disabled and the elderly.

Examples of other Handsworth area public services which could be affected by the cuts:

  • Handsworth Library
  • Handsworth Well-Being Centre
  • Handsworth Park,
  • Children’s / Sure Start Centres – Birchfield, Houghton Road; Lime Tree, Heathfield Road; Rookery, Rookery road; Sure Start Soho, Louise Road
  • Stephen’s Adult Day Care Centre providing support for the elderly, people with learning disabilities, people with dementia, people with mental health issues and people with physical disabilities

For further information email: nocutshandsworth@btinternet.com



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