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Vital communities scheme in Birmingham enters final round

todayJuly 26, 2021

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McLaughlin & Harvey, the lead contractor for the council at the Alexander Stadium Redevelopment, has announced a third and final round of the You Matter Communities scheme.

The scheme, open to all Birmingham-based community organisations, offers support to local communities, such as volunteer time, small grants, and the use of excess materials from the construction process.

The first round of the You Matter Community Fund in August 2020 had an overwhelming response with applications received from across Birmingham. In total, 17 community projects across the city benefited from grants worth a combined total of £15,000.

Martin Keys, McLaughlin & Harvey Operations Director for Alexander Stadium, said: “You Matter Communities has been an enormous success and a fantastic opportunity for community organisations and social enterprises in Birmingham to access our resources. 

“We are extremely proud to launch the third and final round of You Matter Communities and provide support to local community projects tackling climate change and environmental challenges.”

The scheme has three strands:

  • Support is at hand through the You Matter Communities TimeBank, an innovative way of matching skills from the construction team with local social enterprises and community organisations.

 

  • Birmingham-based social enterprises and community organisations can apply for volunteer support.

 

  • Volunteers have previously helped to upgrade a road at a local allotment, contribute as a board member to a local social enterprise and designed an outdoor shelter for a community hub.

 

To avoid waste and protect the environment, the You Matter Communities ResourceBank offers community projects free access to the excess and unused materials from the construction of Alexander Stadium. This includes off-cuts, over-ordered materials, salvaged materials or seconds.

In this next round, the You Matter Communities Fund will offer £15,000 worth of small grants of up to £1,000 each to community groups to help people come together and make a difference locally.

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Having seen for myself some of the work done in our neighbourhoods as a result of the You Matter Communities scheme, I know this package of support from McLaughlin & Harvey is making a positive difference for many people and the organisations that have received support through the programme.

“I would urge everyone to spread the word and make sure the groups they know of put in proposals this time around.”

The third round of the You Matter Communities scheme is open for applications from July 26 to August 20 of this year.

Applications for the TimeBank and Community Fund and information on the ResourceBank can be found within the Alexander Stadium tab on the council’s Perry Barr Regeneration webpages.

Alternatively, you can contact the McLaughlin & Harvey team directly at ASCommunities@mclh.co.uk.

 

Written by: David Watkins

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