Since 1996, the Community Connect Foundation (CCF), formerly known as Smethwick Bangladeshi Youth Forum (SBYF), has been working in partnership with many private and public sector organisations to improve the social and economic wellbeing of the disadvantaged communities in the North Smethwick area.

With the help and support of managed funding from a variety of sources, we have been able to provide quality service provisions to more than 5,000 people. A substantial number of these people have gained qualifications and moved on to find employment in the UK.

CCF also provides health education, promotes women’s development and supports youth development.

In recent years we have built up a client group comprising more than 50% of people who don’t live in the Smethwick area, are not young and are not Bangladeshi.

Therefore, we felt that the SBYF name no longer accurately reflected our client base and may even be preventing us from reaching out to more communities.

In October 2011, we changed the organisation’s name to Community Connect Foundation (CCF) to allow us to operate across the West Midlands – not just the Sandwell area – and even further afield as our services develop.

The creation of CCF is an exciting development in the history of our organisation. It demonstrates our determination to reach out into all sections of our communities to provide essential training opportunities, heath advice and youth development support to those that need it most.

The success of CCF’s relies on the charity’s strong partnerships with statutory providers and community-based organisations. CCF has operational bases is Smethwick and Edgbaston and delivers a wide range of services throughout Birmingham and Sandwell on an outreach basis.