A number of Birmingham communities including Oasis Hub Hobmoor received a funding boost back in 2016 when Birmingham City Council launched a £2 million initiative to support innovative projects across the city.
Oasis Hub Hobmoor, situated in the heart of South Yardley were just one of the community groups who shined during the celebration evening at Birmingham City Council with leaders saying ‘the Hobmoor model is a stunning example of hub development.’
Following the Local Innovation Fund provided to them in 2016, Oasis Hub Hobmoor has become a thriving community centre partnering with a range of community interest companies, groups and local service providers such as the adjoining school, Oasis Academy Hobmoor.
Transformative work – The hub sees a footfall of 1200 people a week providing empowerment activities, education and training for adult and youth activities including the school holidays with a food poverty project.
Andy Brown, Hub Leader at Oasis Hub Hobmoor, commented on their success, saying; “We are so happy to have been praised by the Birmingham City Council. Our aim and project has always been to create a vibrant community centre which could act as a hub for the local residents of South Yardley, and through the support of the Local Innovation Fund we have been able to do just that.”
In addition to the hub receiving this funding, they recently also received £345k from Big Lottery over the next five years following a bid they made to allow the continuation of current community groups, along with the addition of new groups, into forming a community movement in the neighbourhood.
The fund, which was the first initiative developed by Birmingham City Council's four Assistant Leaders, aimed to devolve decision making to neighbourhood level. Each of the city's 40 wards were allocated £48,000 to fund projects that link to the city's overriding priorities with an emphasis on doing things differently, strengthening communities and supporting active citizenship. The Assistant Leaders ensured that every ward got the same amount of money because every place matters and every citizen has equal merit.
Cllr Ansar Ali Khan, Assistant Leader at Birmingham City Council, said; “This funding was about listening to our communities and working with them to get a better deal for neighbourhoods and wards right across Birmingham. We’re going to have to think how we can all do better despite the fact there’s less money to spend.”
“The people of one community might want to set up a community enterprise such as a low cost painting and decorating, odd jobs service while another might develop a project that focuses on community groups learning from each other through visits and working sessions. The possibilities are endless."