Birmingham Settlement workshop on community asset transfer
Local charity Birmingham Settlement will be holding a workshop on the 22nd of January to encourage and educate Birmingham residents on taking control of public land and buildings for community management.
The workshop aims to explore the benefits of transferring ownership of facilities such as libraries, town halls, sports centres and other public assets from public bodies to community groups. The scheme recognises any public land or building as a potential community asset, and looks to reinvest profits made from these resources into activities that benefit local citizens.
Commenting on why community asset transfer is an important issue for Birmingham, Martin Holcombe, CEO of Birmingham Settlement revealed how taking control of your facilities can really bring people together.
“It is important for communities to take ownership of the buildings and spaces they use on a regular basis,” he explains. ”Having a stake in how these places are managed gives residents the opportunity to influence how their area develops, and how income generated is spent improving their locality.”
The workshop will equip participants with all the information they need to apply for asset transfer of buildings they may be interested in taking over. If you’d like to attend the workshop, which takes place on the 22nd of January between 9.30am and 12.30pm, contact Sharon Thompson on 0121 250 3003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.