Age Concern bids to provide services in Hawkesley

By on 17/04/2014 in Deputy Leader, News

Birmingham City Council is giving a Birmingham charity the opportunity to take over a popular community centre in Hawkesley, Kings Norton.

Age Concern Birmingham’s proposals to take over the running of Hawkesley Community Centre will be discussed by the council’s Cabinet members on Monday, 28 April.

Last year, due to the severe financial pressures – the council needs to make £822m in cuts across the city between 2010 and 2018 – this facility was made available for a Community Asset Transfer, and third sector groups were asked to submit expressions of interest to lease the community centre.

Age Concern Birmingham plans to provide a wide range of ‘intergenerational’ services at the centre on the 3 Estates, in Kings Norton, which will create 20 new volunteering opportunities.

Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Age Concern Birmingham’s proposal to offer activities for residents of all ages, not just older adults, would be a real boost to this community.

“While no-one wants to see the council stop delivering services directly, the financial pressures mean the council has to find new ways to make sure residents have the services they need.

“The benefits of Community Asset Transfers are that as well as enabling some services to continue, it gives local people – who often have a greater understanding of what’s best for their community – a chance to take charge and make a difference.”

Birmingham City Council is committed to using council assets to form long-term partnerships with suitable third sector organisations and will pursue all suitable opportunities.

ENDS

Note to editors: In 2014/15 Northfield District, which covers Kings Norton, is tasked with making savings of £542,000.

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