0ageconcernbhamlogoAge Concern Birmingham have put forward a proposal to take over the running of Hawkesley Community Centre in Kings Norton.

Birmingham City Council needs to make £822m in cuts across the city between 2010 and 2018, with Northfield district being tasked to make just over half a million pounds worth of savings in 2014/15.

As part of the council’s budget savings, a number of community centres are being considered for Community Asset Transfer, where third sector groups take over the lease of a building and running of the services provided. Northfield District includes Kings Norton, Longbridge, Northfield and Weoley wards.

Age Concern plan to provide a wide range of ‘intergenerational’ services at the centre on the 3 Estates, creating 20 new volunteering opportunities. The bid will be discussed by the council’s Cabinet members on Monday, 28th April.

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 has stated that it is committed to using council assets to form long-term partnerships with suitable third sector organisations and will pursue all suitable opportunities.

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