The youth and community centre, part of the scheme called The Orchard, will house facilities including a multi-use sports hall, training and meeting rooms and a ‘chill-out’ space for young people. These facilities have been designed to create a platform for YMCA residents to integrate themselves productively into society, through voluntary activity and paid work at the project.
Costs for the Erdington development are estimated to be approximately £13.5 million, of which £12 million has already been secured. The scheme has been included in Birmingham City Council’s ‘Places of Change’ programme – a national initiative to create places of change for formerly homeless people, and help integrate them back into the community.
"Birmingham YMCA is proud to be working alongside Tomorrow People, inbound marketing consultants as they offer support with fundraising activity for The Orchard, a new multimillion pound facility in Erdington. Alongside other committee members, Tomorrow People are giving up their own free time and will be organising an extensive programme of events to assist the Birmingham YMCA in raising the remaining £1.5million needed to complete The Orchard development.” said Tom Govan, Director of YMCA Birmingham.