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Work begins on the Alumwell based Gateway Enterprise Centre.

As this photograph shows, after a great deal of consultaion, which has included young people and wider community members, the builders have moved in with aims of getting the Gateway Youth Drop-In Centre ready for the Youth Summer Activities programme to be delivered by Walsall Council’s Youth Services.

This is the first phase of a long-term investment in the Alumwell community, with objectives including a fully functional Enterprise Centre, with management of the Centre including members of the Alumwell community.

The Gateway Enterprise Centre is registered with the Charity Commission and next steps include raising revenue funding to appoint an experienced Centre Manager and capital funding to begin works on the rest of the building.

Wider Impact Consultancy Director Edwin Lewis, who has been project managing development and delivery of the Gateway Enterprise Centre says, ‘The opening of the Gateway Enterprise Centre is a tremedous milestone, as is shows that the local community can make things happen. Members of the Minhaj-UI-Quran Mosque, who have been leading on this work should be congratulated. These are however only the first steps. We now need an injection of revenue funding to enable the appointment of an experienced Centre Manager.  We have no doubts that this initiative is a ‘winner’  and will play a key role in the regeneration of the Alumwell estate and wider areas.

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The work of Wider Impact Consultancy is being supported by the Birmingham & Black Country Community Foundation / Fair Share Trust





Wider Impact Consultancy, Edwin Lewis