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Passion Points for following your dreams!

InspiredWeAre is a FreeTimePays community dedicated to those who are passionate about following their dreams.  Be inspired by others, make your dreams a reality and be rewarded for all you do to make a difference for you and for others around you.  Take the link below, register for free and we'll get you your very own Community Passport set up. You'll be able to follow your passions, collect points for passion, follow others that share your passions and help yourself and others in so many ways.

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Displaying until 14 Sep 2018 - FreeTimePays

Inspiration - it's in all of us!

This photo, taken by Gareth Davies at Iron Kids in 2017, became the inspiration behind InspiredWeAre, the latest of our FreeTimePays communities. This amazing display of grit and determination made us realise just how many people are out there pursuing their dreams and how many are inspired to do something that changes lives for the better - their own or others! It doesn't always have to be physical challenges that are overcome. Often it can be the pursuit of a passion or an act of kindness that makes all the difference.

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Poetry
20 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

Poetry launch at Waterstones - Inspirational Birmingham poets


20 Apr 2018
7pm
Waterstones, Birmingham

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Introducing

Art, culture & creativity
13 Apr 2018 - FreeTimePays

A quite amazing talent! - Introducing Imran Ali Bashir

Give this guy a camera, show him a building and be amazed by the creative result!  Imran is such a huge talent and yes he's from Birmingham, a city overflowing with creative inspiration!

 

Take the article to view a selection of Imran's great work.

 

Take the project link to see even more and make sure to come back to see this amazing gallery of photography as it grows. 

 

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A quite amazing talent! - Introducing Imran Ali Bashir


Give this guy a camera, show him a building and be amazed by the creative result!  Imran is such a huge talent and yes he's from Birmingham, a city overflowing with creative inspiration!

 

Take the article to view a selection of Imran's great work.

 

Take the project link to see even more and make sure to come back to see this amazing gallery of photography as it grows. 

 


The Cube, Birmingham.

 

'Windows and Doors', Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.

 

Bullring, Birmingham.

 

Moseley Road Baths, Balsall Heath, Birmingham.

 

'Blue on Blu', Radisson Blu, Birmingham.

 

Bullring & Grand Central, Birmingham.

 

For more of Imran's stunning and creative photography, connect here

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Introducing

Fashion
19 Mar 2018 - Debra Power

Introducing Dianne Tuitt - An Inspirational Stylist with a passion for empowering women

We are delighted to introduce Dianne Tuitt, Dianne is a creative human being. Ever since she was a little girl she loved creating things, not knowing that it would lead to her in designing accessories within the fashion industry.

Stylist in Me was established in 2015 by Dianne from tragedy. Dianne calls it her saving grace. As her world went from safe to being turned upside down she found herself at the hospital asking herself so what now?

Read Dianne Tuitt's inspirational story by taking the article below

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Introducing Dianne Tuitt - An Inspirational Stylist with a passion for empowering women


We are delighted to introduce Dianne Tuitt, Dianne is a creative human being. Ever since she was a little girl she loved creating things, not knowing that it would lead to her in designing accessories within the fashion industry.

Stylist in Me was established in 2015 by Dianne from tragedy. Dianne calls it her saving grace. As her world went from safe to being turned upside down she found herself at the hospital asking herself so what now?

Read Dianne Tuitt's inspirational story by taking the article below


My name is Dianne Tuitt and I am a creative human being. What I mean by that is ever since I was a little girl I loved creating things not knowing that it would lead me to designing accessories within the fashion industry.

I graduated from college with my diploma in business management and business communication and began a 10 year career in management before a tragic turn of events led me to my passion, which is accessories. I was always known for my “stand out” fashion style and accessories, being in different colours, shapes and styles.

People would ask me where I got them, and I would often say to them not on the high street but from my travels and unique boutiques around the city of Birmingham.

Let’s go back a few years. 

Growing up on a Caribbean Island, walking the beautiful beaches, you find a lot of interesting things on the beaches, from melted glass to sea shells, which I would collect and take home to create a ring or necklace using my Dad's lines and wires he had for his various handy projects at home or at work.

I would sit for hours until I got frustrated as they sometimes did not come out as how I envisioned them. Here comes daddy to the rescue helping me construct each piece that I would then giveaway to local children and adults who loved them when shown. I definitely got my creativity from both parents.Fast forward and here I am today running my own accessories business from dealing with designers, working alongside my team to planning the business marketing structure for all quarters of 2018. I have a real passion for what I do as I love seeing women’s faces light up feeling more confident in their accessory choices when I finish styling them.

I went through a young adult phase of not feeling confident about the way I look and lack confidence in my body but now I use my unique style to help embrace who I am and stand more confidently in everything I do where I can now help other women feel more confident about themselves through style. I love styling and I love designing accessories, my true passions.

My favourite thing to do at the moment is research, as I love learning new things especially in business as you can never have enough information as things change so fast in this digital era we live in. I also like to travel and experience different cultures. I am currently taking care of my mum who is recovering from a stroke and I work alongside the rehab centre getting my mum involved in their activities and charity events. 

 

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Inspiration

People & community
14 Feb 2018 - FreeTimePays

Abdullah - an inspiration & one of our 'People with Passion' announces he's stepping down as Balsall Heath Forum CEO

“Abdullah Rehman MBE = legend!”

 

This from Chief Supt Bas Javid is one of the many fitting tributes paid to Abdullah Rehman, as Abdullah  announces that he is stepping down as Chief Executive at Balsall Heath Forum.

 

Take our article to read more of the tributes paid to Abdullah. 

 

Take our Project link for more posts on Abdullah, one of Birmingham’s inspirational ‘People with Passion’.

 

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Abdullah - an inspiration & one of our 'People with Passion' announces he's stepping down as Balsall Heath Forum CEO


“Abdullah Rehman MBE = legend!”

 

This from Chief Supt Bas Javid is one of the many fitting tributes paid to Abdullah Rehman, as Abdullah  announces that he is stepping down as Chief Executive at Balsall Heath Forum.

 

Take our article to read more of the tributes paid to Abdullah. 

 

Take our Project link for more posts on Abdullah, one of Birmingham’s inspirational ‘People with Passion’.

 


Abdullah’s announcement .......

 

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported me at the Balsall Heath Forum over the past 16 yrs.  It is now the right time for me to stand down as CEO and allow the forum to enter a new chapter. It has been a journey I will never forget.” - Abdullah Rehman

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“Best of luck Abdullah - been a pleasure working with the Forum under your leadership. Look forward to working with you in whatever capacity in the future.” – Waqar Ahmed

 

“Won't be the same without you...Balsall Heath owes you a lot. You certainly helped to make my work easier. Best wishes for the future and I hope pur paths will cross again #legend” – Amelia Murray, Street Intervention Team Manager

 

 

“Good luck Abdullah. You should be rightly proud of all you have done for Balsall Heath.” – Moseley Forum.

 

 

“Thanks for all you’ve done. Wishing you all the best for what’s next and look forward to keeping in touch.” -  Andrew Smith, Director of Interfaith Relations

 

 

“Abdullah Rehman MBE = legend!” – Chief Supt Bas Javid

 

“Very saddened to hear this. Brother you’re a legend Balsall Heath forum will never be @BalsallHeathF without you. Deep down I know you can ever walk away. It lives deep inside you. You’re an inspiration to many. I salute you my brother living legend in our community.” – Javed Iqbal, Local Community & Charity worker

 

 

“Best wishes for the future, Abdullah.” – Future Leaders

 

 

“Wishing you every success for the future and all you pursue. Been a pleasure to work with you and look forward to seeing that continue in some guise. God bless.” – Amrick Singh, Centre Director, Nishkam Centre

 

“You have been an inspiration and a force for good within the community. Thank you for all that you have done, your support, challenge and selfies. Good luck with the next chapter.” – Chris Johnson, West Midlands Police

 

 

“Good luck you should be proud of your achievement to date.” – Sheraz Yaqub, Programmes & Project Lead, Birmingham City Council

 

 

“Sad to read this, you will leave a big void, you have done incredible work in transforming Balsall Heath and your legacy will live on.” – Springfield Neighbourhood Police Team

 

 

“You will be missed! Best of luck in whatever is coming next.” – Conservative Councillor, Edgbaston Ward

 

“Best wishes Abdullah” - Mick Gillick, Corporate Learning & Development

 

“You are a very inspiring person.” – Daniel Brown

 

 

For more details on our 'People with Passion' initiative in Birmingham go to 'People with Passion' or email jonathan.bostock@freetimepays.com. 

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Inspiration

People & community
10 Oct 2017 - Abdullah Rehman

Introducing Abdullah Rehman MBE – anti-hate campaigner who does so much for community

Abdullah Rehman is an anti-hate campaigner who works tirelessly for the good of Birmingham and his community 

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Introducing Abdullah Rehman MBE – anti-hate campaigner who does so much for community


Abdullah Rehman is an anti-hate campaigner who works tirelessly for the good of Birmingham and his community 


Abdullah Rehman is chief executive of the Balsall Heath Forum and was awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year Honours List in recognition of his services to community.

 

 

Abdullah was brought up in Balsall Heath and considers the neighbourhood to be an excellent example of all that is good about the city of Birmingham, where people from all faiths and backgrounds can get on, regardless of creed and colour.  This is what motivates Abdullah to carry on doing what he does best in motivating others around him through the leadership he displays and through the work he carries out for the benefit of the community.

 

 

For Abdullah, his father was his biggest inspiration who always showed kindness, compassion and generosity to others around him in the city of Birmingham.

Abdullah Rehman founded the Balsall Heath Forum in 1992 and has been its chief executive for many years. Abdullah continues to raise funds for community schemes and works tirelessly with police and political leaders of all parties to improve his community.

 

 

Abdullah is an active campaigner for anti-hate and supports the work of many organisations such as Tell Mama UK and The Olive Branch.     

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Inspiration

Construction & regeneration
21 Sep 2017 - Mark Hipwell

People inspired - introducing Mark Hipwell - Birmingham's 'face of industry' 2017 & a very talented sketcher too!

This year's winner of Birmingham's 'Future Face of Industry' run by Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce is Mark Hipwell. Mark, who works at HS2 Ltd, is a talent and inspiration for young aspiring engineers in many ways. View the article and find out more about Mark.

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People inspired - introducing Mark Hipwell - Birmingham's 'face of industry' 2017 & a very talented sketcher too!


This year's winner of Birmingham's 'Future Face of Industry' run by Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce is Mark Hipwell. Mark, who works at HS2 Ltd, is a talent and inspiration for young aspiring engineers in many ways. View the article and find out more about Mark.


Mark Hipwell is a talented Bridge Engineer currently working at HS2 Ltd on the Central section of the new High Speed line between Birmingham and London. He's on secondment looking at the Land Access and Property Management elements of the work.

 

Mark recently took up his passion for sketching again after a brief pause having graduated from University. Technical drawing was his favourite module and as Mark says "there hasn't been much need for it when drowning in Excel spreadsheets & schedules!"

 

 

But in a world of AutoCAD and 3D modelling, a sketch or a picture from an engineer really does paint a 1000 words. Quick meetings with clients or senior engineers when trying to explain a problem or concept really benefits from a sketch with a few lines and arrows to show how a bridge moves or how a structure stands up!

 

Mark has recently taken up sketching again as a way of capturing the incredible new builds going on in Birmingham at the moment! An example being the new HSBC HQ at Arena Central overlooking (what will be) the gorgeous new designed Centenary Square.

 

 

His sketches have also focused on the development at Paradise Birmingham and the architecturally striking One and Two Chamberlain Square in the heart of Brum. Not to mention the towering Snowhill Three, The Left Bank on Broad Street and Aston University student accommodation!

 

 

Mark says "It’s amazing to watch them getting built, and sketching how they look now & how they’ll look in the future". 

 

As a young professional, and recent winner of this year’s Future Face of Industry run by Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Mark finds Birmingham to be a phenomenally exciting city to be living and working in and he says "it’s only getting better!"

 

We are delighted to be able to showcase Mark as both an inspired engineer and a talented artist and we look forward to sharing more of his work with you.   

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Inspiration

Art, culture & creativity
17 Sep 2017 - FreeTimePays

People inspired - introducing Alex, a young man with Autism who's realising his dream to present on TV

Alex Manners is a young man with autism who has a burning desire to become a professional television presenter.  Many people with autism may consider this kind of ‘in front of camera’ role as daunting and something they feel would be too hard for them considering their difficulties with anxiety. Not so for Alex! Read our article to find out why.

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People inspired - introducing Alex, a young man with Autism who's realising his dream to present on TV


Alex Manners is a young man with autism who has a burning desire to become a professional television presenter.  Many people with autism may consider this kind of ‘in front of camera’ role as daunting and something they feel would be too hard for them considering their difficulties with anxiety. Not so for Alex! Read our article to find out why.


There are many people with Autism who have found that, despite their challenges, they can adopt a role or persona and perform well in front of people or in front of a camera. For example Chris Packham, Guy Martin, Alan Gardener and other performing artists like Susan Boyle and Daryll Hannah. Alex was inspired by these people and decided that his autism could actually be turned into a positive.

 

Alex has a form of Autism called Asperger’s Syndrome. For Alex, he believes this to be the reason as to why he is so quirky, creative and different and thinks these qualities will enable him to break into the TV world.

 

 

Another huge passion of Alex is football. He is obsessed with football and his whole bedroom is covered in football memorabilia. His quest is to visit all 92 grounds within the English Football League and he is currently on ground 72. He also films all of the Solihull Moors home games for BT Sport. Alex has written articles in a number of publications.

 

 

Alex has been interviewed a number of times on the television and radio about various different topics from his Asperger’s, through to his Top Gear Audition. He has been interviewed 3 times on BBC WM, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, Big News at Big centre TV (now called Made in Birmingham) and on the Antiques Roadshow. He has also written many articles on what it is like living with Asperger’s for various magazines such as the Autism Parenting magazine and the SEN magazine.

 

 

Alex has always loved wearing bright and colourful clothes and at school this was always an issue. Alex says "If I am wearing colourful clothes then I feel that I can conquer anything. However, if I have to wear dark coloured clothes then I can become quite depressed to the point where I would rather not carry out the particular activity or attend the particular event. In 6th form a lot of the younger children started calling me 'Rainbow Man'" For Alex, this simply led him to create his own children’s show called “Rainbow Man” which was reviewed by the Cbeebies commissioning team.

 

 

Alex knew that he wanted to do a job where he could express his personality and his dress sense. He decided to start a YouTube channel and as soon as he filmed his very first video he knew that he really enjoyed being in front of the camera.

 

However it was not until he attended a TV Presenter training course at the Custard Factory in 2015 that he really knew that being a TV Presenter was the job for him.

Alex has been a runner at Big Centre TV (now called Made in Birmingham), shadowed one of the presenters for a week on BBC WM and had a week down in London at BT Sports. At BT Sports he not only got to watch a live “Rugby Tonight” programme being produced but also got to go on stage during the rehearsals of the Clare Balding show and act as a stand-in.

 

 

Alex was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 2007 when he was 10 years old. Alex says "I had no idea what this was at the time or what it meant .... my dad told me that I should not be worried about having Asperger’s because many of our family members have Asperger’s traits and it gives us special powers. From then on I have always viewed my Asperger’s as something positive and that I feel lucky to have".

 

When in front of the camera,  Alex feels his Asperger’s has helped him as his colourful appearance always seems to lighten up any interview or video that he may be in and allows him to start speaking with confidence. He also believe it makes him much more able to engage in conversation. He says "It may look as though I have no trouble with asking or being asked questions but it is much harder than you think, especially as you only have a short time to do it in".

 

 

Alex has received lots of encouragement from many people such as Michael Portillo, Gary Newbon and Fiona Bruce. He's always believed that if you want something then just ask, as the worst anybody will say is no. For this reason he has always contacted everyone no matter who they are or how famous they are.

 

Alec says "The first thing that everybody should understand is that every single person with Autism is different. Secondly, we are just as able to carry out tasks as Non-Autistic people but we may just need more time or more precise instructions. It affects how we communicate with others and how we make sense of the world around us. Many find that reading facial expression or understanding common phrases difficult. Also they may not be able to look you in the eye. Don’t be put off by this. It may look as though they are not listening to you but they will be, they will just be focusing on something other than yourself".

 

One of the areas Alex would love to work in is children’s presenting and so many of the presenters on Children’s shows inspire him such as Justin Fletcher and the Chuckle Brothers. Another person that really inspires him is Michael Portillo, not only for the way he dresses but also for the way he engages an audience.

 

 

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Gallery

Photography
15 Sep 2017 - Mac McCreery

People inspired - Introducing 'Monochrome Mac' from Birmingham

In the first of our features looking at the passions of inspired people, we'd like to introduce you to Mac. Mac McCreery lives in Birmingham and has found photography to be an excellent way of tackling his issues with anxiety. We have pulled together a selection of photography from Mac, his particular specialism being monochrome photography across Birmingham. Take a look we think you will be inspired!

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People inspired - Introducing 'Monochrome Mac' from Birmingham


In the first of our features looking at the passions of inspired people, we'd like to introduce you to Mac. Mac McCreery lives in Birmingham and has found photography to be an excellent way of tackling his issues with anxiety. We have pulled together a selection of photography from Mac, his particular specialism being monochrome photography across Birmingham. Take a look we think you will be inspired!


Mac McCreery is an inspired amateur photographer who lives in Birmingham

 

It is nearly five years since Mac left a Black Country town to live in Digbeth, Birmingham. For Mac, it's the atmosphere that attracts him, the mix of old and the new, the core of Birmingham. He says: "What’s not to love?"

 

A selection of Mac's photography 

 

Anxiety issues have often prevented Mac from doing what he wants to do, and is extremely good at doing. He was nervous about taking photos, and he says "there are so many talented folk out there". However Mac has been quick to realise that photography can be his "stress buster". 

 

At BirminghamWeAre we say - Keep the photography coming Mac. They're brilliant and you're extremely talented! 

 

 

Photo:  Towards the City from Birmingham (Mac McCreery)

 

 

Photo:  St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham (Mac McCreery)

 

 

Photo: Moody skies over Birmingham (Mac McCreery)

 

 

Photo: Corporation Street, Birmingham (Mac McCreery)

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Inspiration

Photography
13 Sep 2017 - FreeTimePays

People inspired - introducing Daniel diagnosed with autism at age 30

Diagnosed with autism in his adult years at the age of 30, Daniel is one of many people who continue to find inspiration through abilities and talents that can be realised with the right outlet and given the right opportunity. In Daniel's case it's been photography and the opportunity to pursue his passion has been found in Birmingham.     

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People inspired - introducing Daniel diagnosed with autism at age 30


Diagnosed with autism in his adult years at the age of 30, Daniel is one of many people who continue to find inspiration through abilities and talents that can be realised with the right outlet and given the right opportunity. In Daniel's case it's been photography and the opportunity to pursue his passion has been found in Birmingham.     


Daniel Sturley is an inspired amateur photographer who lives in Birmingham

 

From the age of 7, Daniel has been fascinated by photography, and owned his first camera at 10.  He would take photos whilst on family holidays in Wales and he particularly enjoyed capturing the thrills at local rallycross meetings, and, of course taking photos of their cats!

 

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‘Bonnie’ 1988

 

Daniel loves visiting cities, and has been lucky enough to find himself in some great cities where he's been able to endulge his passion for photography.

The 102nd floor of the Empire State Building 2005

 

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New York City 2005

 

Daniel moved to Birmingham in 1994 and quickly realised what the city offers a photographer, in particular its civic spaces, parks, variations of architecture, and, of course, the canals.

 

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Birmingham 2003

 

In 1998, at the age of 30, he was diagnosed with autism (Asperger’s syndrome) and started to understand more about why he had ‘special interests’ and photography of architecture and construction has grown as a particular specialism of Daniel's.  

 

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Birmingham 2014

 

In May 2016, Daniel won ’The Cube Photographer of the Year’, and later that year helped bring together passionate and talented photographers across Birmingham to produce the first ever 'Birmingham Gems' calendar for charity.

 

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The Cube, Birmingham 2016

 

 

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