Shades of Black came into being in February 1989 after the Handsworth riots, when commercial and domestic
buildings were burnt by many young black people, who were low academic achievers, and unemployed.
It was then 5 ladies from different educational backgrounds who met together to consider what could be done to
reconcile, reassure and rebuild the community.
Practical and financial help and assistance came through the West Midlands Probation Service in the early
years. SOB set out an action plan development programme of social and educational activities. Through the help and
assistance received, the SOB committee have succeeded where others failed to provide basic skills, and invaluable
service delivery. Committee members have to be honest, hardworking with good communication skills, give unconditional
love commitment and consistency
Shades of Black programme of activities cater for the whole family e.g. Senior Citizens, the housebound and young
people of all nationalities within the areas of Handsworth, Aston and Stechford.