Stadium contractor benefits Birmingham groups with final round of You Matter Communities scheme

Published: Thursday, 14th October 2021

The winners for the third round of the You Matter Communities Community Fund have been announced.

McLaughlin & Harvey, the lead contractor for Birmingham City Council at the Alexander Stadium Redevelopment, has finalised ten community projects that will each receive a grant of up to £1,000 to support their work within local communities.

Launched last year, McLaughlin & Harvey’s You Matter Communities initiative provides support to local communities through volunteer time, small grants, and the use of excess materials from the construction process.

The initiative is focused on supporting community organisations, in particular those facing disproportionate challenges, to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Small grants are offered through the You Matter Community Fund and provide a direct way for McLaughlin & Harvey to make a positive impact locally and provide much needed support to communities.

The latest round of successful applicants takes the overall number of organisations to benefit through the Community Fund to 42, with a total of £37,711.46 awarded.

Community Development Worker for Birchfield Big Local, Andrew Simmons, said, "Birchfield Big Local is delighted to have been awarded a grant from the You Matter Community Fund. It will enable us to add a shelter to the Secret Garden – a community garden and outdoor play space – providing a covered space for arts and crafts activities.

"Parents visiting the garden for recent play sessions have commented on the difference that getting out of the house and interacting with other families outdoors has made to their children’s physical and mental health, especially post-COVID. This grant will help us enrich that experience even more."

Projects were selected based on their ability to meet McLaughlin & Harvey’s social value objectives and the Partners in Communities measures of the city council’s Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility.

Martin Keys, Operations Director, McLaughlin & Harvey for Alexander Stadium, added: "We are delighted to offer our support to more local community projects in Birmingham through the third and final round You Matter Communities. It has been huge success and has allowed us to leave a lasting legacy from the redevelopment of Alexander Stadium."

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "From the outset, we’ve been clear the redevelopment of the Alexander Stadium needs to be about much more than the delivery of a world-class sporting and community facility.

"Through the council’s spending power on this project, we have secured in McLaughlin & Harvey a construction partner that understands what it means to be a good neighbour in the community – not just in Perry Barr, but Birmingham as a whole.

"The You Matter Communities scheme is making a positive difference for many organisations in the city and securing a deeper legacy for the new stadium than just the facilities or events that it stages in future."

For more details of the scheme please visit the Birmingham City Council website at:

Background notes

A table detailing all successful round three bids is below:

Community Organisation



Funding required

Birchfield Big Local

Developing The Secret Garden community garden in Perry Barr/Handsworth. The grant will be used to add a permanent shelter/gazebo to collect rainwater and to enhance the use of the site for community events.

Perry Barr


St Michael’s Church

Maintain local natural environment around the church grounds and develop a wild area to benefit bees and create a grow area.



Handsworth Helping Hands

A planting scheme to make grassed area in Handsworth more attractive. Helping hands will maintain this area and it will encourage community cohesion.



Lea Village and Kitts Green Residents Forum

To develop a community garden with unused green space at the back of the St Richard’s Church. To renew, revitalise and restore the uncared for space by creating a garden where people can learn to cultivate, plant grow and harvest fruits and vegetables.

Tile Cross


Friends of Sheldon Country Park

Due to COVID nobody was allowed in the farm or community garden and it has since become overgrown. The fund will be used to purchase gardening equipment to maintain and preserve Sheldon Country Park.



Walsall Road Allotments

The grant will support their annual autumn and summer fairs to purchase new gazebos that were recently stolen and encourage local people to visit the allotments.

Perry Barr



The grant will support them to deliver five creative workshops and to purchase art resources for families from disadvantaged backgrounds and children and young adults with learning disabilities.

Perry Barr


Eloquent Praise and Empowerment Dance Company

The grant will help to buy equipment to continue delivering gymnastic classes to young people in Aston. Their gymnastics equipment is old and worn out.



Broadway Academy

Broadway Cricket Academy development. The funding will provide equipment and fitness materials for the school and students.

Perry Barr


MTF Coaching Academy CIC

The grant will provide new kits to enable them to participate in the upcoming Central Birmingham Youth Development League. It will encourage children from deprived areas of east Birmingham to join the football sessions and build their teamwork skills.

Bordesley Green


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