Benefits to your community
The regeneration of Perry Barr is about much more than improvements to infrastructure; it is about delivering benefits for the community and enhancing social value in the region.
As part of the redevelopment, our partners McLaughlin & Harvey will deliver a Social Value Action Plan.
This includes creating 30 new jobs for the local community, supporting local business through a buy local pledge, engaging with local schools and delivering 'You Matter Communities' to support local organisations.
Throughout the construction all efforts are being made to create a carbon neutral environment by using renewable energy, reduced emissions and carbon offset funding for ecological initiatives.
Opportunities for you and your community
There will be lots of exciting educational, environmental and other community projects created as the regeneration develops, which we will continue to provide updates on.
You Matter Communities, run by our principal contractor McLaughlin and Harvey, focuses on strengthening communities by providing resources, such as volunteer time, small grants and donated materials to support community-led solutions to local challenges. This initiative offers community organisations access to resources through:
- You Matter TimeBank, which offers support from the contractor team, during the stadium construction works, for local third sector and community organisations. Volunteer time can be used to give real practical support to organisations and individuals who need it.
- You Matter ResourceBank, which focuses on avoiding waste and protecting the environment. The ResourceBank offers community projects free access to unused materials from the construction at Alexander Stadium. Throughout the project community groups can collect materials including off-cuts, over-ordered and salvaged materials.
- You Matter Community Fund, which focuses on people coming together and working on local challenges. This Community Fund offers small grants up to £1,000, to community groups and organisations who want to make a difference locally.
Projects to have benefits from You Matter Communities include:
- Feed my Creative CIC – Engage with vulnerable young men and women in Birmingham to design and create textile objects. The grant supported textile sessions working with different materials and sewing and soldering to create Bluetooth speakers.
- Priestley Smith School – Support students with physical disabilities and special educational needs to develop their skills and learn about nature and the environment. The grant supported their outdoor classroom at a local allotment with raised beds, topsoil and specialist gardening tools.
- You[th] Against Poverty CIC – Led by students of South and City College Birmingham, the grant helped them to make survival kits and put on a Christmas Party for Birmingham’s street homeless community.
- Westley Vale Millennium Green Trust – A community organisation run by local people to look after the open space. The grant allowed them to receive training, buy new equipment and wildflower seeds to sow a wildflower meadow ready for Spring 2021.
- Walsall Road Allotments – A TimeBank project which involved nine members of the Alexander Stadium Redevelopment project team who donated 50 hours of volunteer time over 4 days to upgrade a road at Walsall Road Allotments used by The Open Doors project.
The second round of the scheme, which launched in January 2021, offered a further £15,000 of grants of up to £1,000 per award for local community organisations. Round 2 winners are due to be announced in May 2021.
For more information about TimeBank, ResourceBank or Community Fund, please contact Hannah Lamont (Social Value Coordinator at McLaughlin & Harvey) at ASCommunities@mclh.co.uk.
Creating a better environment
Birmingham City Council is working with its partners to create a cleaner, greener and more attractive environment for all. Whether working with schools and workplaces to provide training, or creating a more sustainable environment, we know this is key for any community. Within the Perry Barr Regeneration project, we are committed to creating an improved environment for our residents and, alongside our key partners, we are developing key initiatives. These include community benches and Community Monitors. Watch this space as we will release more information over the coming months.