Focus Birmingham is a specialist charity providing expert support, advice and information to anyone in the wider Birmingham area affected by sight loss or disability.

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Focus chosen as one of Lord Mayor's Charities

Focus has been chosen as one of the Lord Mayor of Birmingham's charities for 2014/15. We are delighted to have been chosen from many charities to be one of four which  the new Lord Mayor Councillor Shafique Shah will support. Its going to be an exciting year for Focus!

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Focus on Film

Focus Birmingham in partnership with 104 Films is leading a film project with 23 visually impaired young people aged 13 to 19 years. The project sessions are led by award winning director Justin Edgar and Film editor Phil Arkinstall. The young film makers are creating 2 films, one a documentary about viewing film and the second a scripted film, devised, written and acted by them. Inspiration sessions were held, including one led by Focus Birmingham Director of External Relations Vidar Hjardeng.  The attendees learn practical sound, camera and editing film skills. At each workgroup they take roles as interviewee, interviewer, director, camera person, sound engineer, editor or actor.     DSC_0088DSC_0102     The films will all be created and filmed around the Focus Birmingham site and a film club is part of the legacy of this project. Once the films are completed a celebratory premier is planned for later in the year.

Tom outside Focus Building

Focus Birmingham joins Great Birmingham Run

Tom Harrison, CEO of Focus Birmingham will be running the BUPA Great Birmingham Run 2014 on Sunday 19th October to raise much needed funds for the charity.   Tom will be joined by Councillor Zafar Iqbal MBE JP and Pat O' Neil, a visually impaired grandfather who is also taking part to help support the charity that looks after visually impaired people like himself.    They will be wearing their Focus Birmingham t-shirts for for the half-marathon event and we wish them the best of luck. If you would like to support Tom, Zafar or Pat you can donate via Tom's JustGiving page  by clicking here  or you can: Text Focus to 70300 to donate £3 to support people facing sight loss in Birmingham.

(The donation will be added to your next phone bill, plus your standard network text charge. If you donate £3, Focus Birmingham will receive the full amount donated).  

We are delighted to announce that the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Shafique Shah, will be swapping his chains for trainers – once he’s opened this year’s BUPA Great Birmingham Run – as he attempts to be the first Birmingham Lord Mayor to run what is now the biggest half marathon in the Midlands.  He will be raising funds for his charities and Focus Birmingham is delighted to be one of the charities he will be running for!!  If you would like to know more or even hear from the Lord Mayor himself as to why his joining the great event please click here.

  If you would like to be involved in fundraising events please contact Jasmin Rana at or give her a call on 0121 478 5239.