Community Asset Transfer from the Local Authority and Social Landlord to a Cross Community Centre
MSCA has served the Somali Community for more than three decades in a Victorian terraced building rented from a registered social landlord. The building was not suitable for occupation for a community centre as its was not accessible, the services inappropriate and the layout did not lend itself use for multiple activities. As the landlords remit was essentially housing, they were prepared to transfer this asset pro bono to this vibrant community association if they were able to alter, refurbish and sustain their current project. The Local Authority also committed to give them vacant adjacent land for access and outdoor activities on similar arrangements. We along with the local CVS assisted to secure funding of £530,000 from The BIG Lottery and Clothworkers Foundation to remould the old building into an accessible, a flexible multiple use community centre to meet the needs of the local and B&ME community. This is an outstanding achievement for a migrant community without resources but with determination to achieve their goals.