Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick B66 1BA, UK
North Smethwick Development Trust (NSDT) was the pilot for community asset transfer with Sandwell Council signing a 99 year lease agreement in 2013.Their support enabled NSDT to progress its ambition to redevelop Brasshouse. Consulting with over 500 local people, NSDT secured significant funds to redevelop a 1960s dilapidated building into a new community hub. The capital project was shaped by research commissioned by NSDT in 2012 that captured local people’s priorities, needs and aspirations. The new Brasshouse opened in 2014 offering a greater range of services/activities that range from a holiday club for children through to professional theatre productions brining arts into the heart of our community. It is a building that local people are proud of. Further investment was sought post redevelopment, to help us develop a successful catering and venue hire operation creating a sustainable business model to help secure the financial independence of NSDT consolidating a successful asset transfer. Our new catering operation social enterprise offers young people a route into the catering and hospitality industry creating a synergy between our services and dovetails with our ambition to offer volunteering into employment opportunities for local people.
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