The Guardian reports on Birmingham’s Community Asset Transfer work.

Saba Salman of the The Guardian Voluntary Sector network was attracted to write about Birmingham and it’s community asset tranfer work after finding the warts and all case studies on this website.  In a piece she called Making community asset transfer work, she wrote: The benefits of transfer are clear – community empowerment for local […]

Factsheets on swimming pools threatened with closure

Pool Watch, a partnership between The ASA and British Gas, have published a useful set of factsheets related to swimming pools threatened with closure, including a factsheet on asset transfer and asset disposal: Building your case (pdf, 723kb) The Consultation Phase (pdf, 114kb) Planning a future strategy (pdf, 707kb) Where to go for funding (pdf, […]

Spaces4change: A modest fun for changing unused spaces into assets for 16 to 25 years olds

UnLtd and Channel 4 have just launched a simple programme which might help someone prime some work for a community asset transfer.  Below is lifted from the Unltd website. About the Programme The Spaces 4 Change Awards from UnLtd and Channel 4 provides funding and support to entrepreneurial individuals across the UK. We are looking […]

Hutton Hall Community Centre, Washwood Heat

Photo of Hutton Hall Celebration Event by Podnosh UPDATE jan 14 – unfortunately Hutton Hall has been taken back into the city council following  a number of difficulties with the community organisation who were the preferred community partner. There is always going to be an element of risk with CAT  but lessons have been learnt and […]

Co‐Production in Neighbourhoods: the Neighbourhood Equity Model

This is  new report on co-production in Birmingham’s neighbourhoods which proposes a Neighbourhood Equity Model.  (Download as a pdf here).  The Model argues that if government works to help communities empower themselves through taking on commissions to provide public services it triggers a virtuous cycle of wealth creaton, particulalrly in poorer neighbourhoods: The brokerage or […]

Perry Common Community Hall Re-opens

Above are a few photos from yesterday’s open of the the newly refurbished and Community Asset Transferred Perry Common Community Hall. We also have some video which we’ll share as soon as we’ve done some work on it. Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon following on from a good 9 months of building and two years of other […]

Karen Cheney on lessons from the Community Asset Transfer Development Programme in Birmingham

Karen Cheney has been the co-ordinator of  the Community Asset Transfer Development Programme as part of her job as Senior Manager – Community Empowerment Projects Lead in the Neighbourhood and Communities Team of Birmingham City Council – Constituency Services.   Below she talks very clearly about what the programme has achieved

Bret Willers, Hall Green Constituency Director, reflects on community asset transfer

Bret Willers is the Constituency Director for Hall Green in Birmingham, he’s been involved with the community asset transfer development programme as an advisor, constructive challenge  and with an interest in assets may be used differently in his part of the city. [podcast]http://communityasset.podnosh.com/files/2010/05/BretWillers.mp3[/podcast] Some of the key thoughts from his interview are: Valueing Worth – […]

Roger Lloyd – senior lawyer at Birmingham City Council talks about his experience of Community Asset Transfer

Roger Lloyd is the Head of Regeneration and Property Law for Birmingham City Council Legal Services.  Click below to listen to his thought on lesson from the Community Asset Transfer Development programme. [podcast]http://communityasset.podnosh.com/files/2010/05/rogerlloyd.mp3[/podcast] Roger’s role was looking after the lawyers in his team who were developing after the lease document, aiming to make sure the […]