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 […]

Community Asset Transfer in Birmingham – Key Lessons – Karen Cheney

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… this is what she’s learned: We did it! We’ve come a long way very quickly, but it’s […]

Theresa McIlkenny, Director, Norton Hall – “…this place is life changing”

Theresa Mcilkenny recently became a director at Norton hall after years benefiting from the services it provides for her and her son. Here she shares her thoughts on why community run places have particular strengths… Becoming a director seemed like a natural progression, it allows us to help them understand what users expect from Norton […]

Stevie Prior, Director of Norton Hall, on Community Asset Transfer

Interview at the Norton hall open day on July 11th 2010, Stevie Prior is the Norton Hall director who’s been involved in much of the negotiation over Community Asset Transfer. Here’s a sumary of her thoughts.. “Delighted to have got to this stage,  it’s been an “interesting process” and  very useful “learning curve” there has […]

Paul Slatter, Director of Chamberlain Forum

Paul Slatter is the director of Chamberlain forum and has been involved  in a number of ways to  bring the parties together. Facilitating sessions and using a technique called structured dialogue method, which as the name suggests is a structured way of approaching a dialogue between 2 sides of an issue. For more information on […]

Nick Booth from Podnosh talks about his role as facilitator on the Community Asset Transfer programme

Nick Booth from Podnosh talks about his role as facilitator on the Community Asset Transfer programme. Nick was asked to start this website to capture the story of the community asset transfer transfer programme and  record the learning journey of both officers and community activists involved. [podcast]http://communityasset.podnosh.com/files/2010/07/Nick-Booth-Communityasset.mp3[/podcast] His expectations of simply providing a place for […]

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 […]

Structured Dialogue, a technique used to improve relationships and learning

Structured dialogue is a technique used by the Chamberlain Forum to encourage open conversation between different partners during the Community Asset Transfer process and this film explains some of the principles behind it.  You can find out more on the Chamberlain Forum’s website: Based on an approach developed in Canada by Ronald Labonte and Joan […]