In partnership with Sandwell Early Years, Veolia Environmental Trust and Enovert Community Trust, the Confederation of Bangladeshi Organisations (CBO) Ltd is developing a new modular building, called the ‘Learning Hub’, which will house the new Green Garden Community Nursery. Construction work will commence in April 2018.
This new project aims to create a one-stop shop and community hub at the heart of Greets Green and West Bromwich.
The project will cost in the region of £150,000. The bulk of the funding is coming through the Landfill Communities Fund. This lets landfill operators distribute a proportion of their landfill tax bill to community and environmental projects in areas where they operate.
The Veolia Environmental Trust have awarded £75,000 through the fund and Enovert Community Trust £40,000. The remaining £35,000 will be funded by Sandwell Early Years – Capital Grant funding.
In 2011 CBO took over the management of Greets Green Resource Centre (GGRC), a former housing office, from Sandwell MBC and transformed the building into modern and vibrant community facilities. Over 6,000 people use the Greets Green Resource Centre each year, benefitting from a wide range of activities including advice (in 2017 the Resource Centre’s advice team secured £1.3m of financial welfare benefit gains for local residents), health and wellbeing activities, sports and recreational activities, and other community development initiatives.
In 2017 CBO completed the development of Greets Green Play area to the rear of Greets Green Resource Centre consisting of; a Multi-use Games Area (MUGA), a children’s play area and a community garden.
Shabud Ullah, Manager said: ‘We are very delighted and grateful to our funders and partners Sandwell MBC, Veolia Environmental Trust and Enovert Community Trust for funding this unique project which will be first of a kind in the area. Greets Green Learning Hub will attract and benefit wider community. We have been planning this project over the last two years and engaged key partners, stakeholders, local residents and grass roots organisations/groups who will be empowered to play pivotal role in overseeing the management and delivery of the project’.
Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary for Enovert Community Trust, said: ‘The Trustees were delighted to fund this project, which will provide a wide range of activities to assist and support isolated and vulnerable people in the local community.’