Fifteen local organisations have received donations of furniture and equipment from Bournville College, following its move to a brand new £66 million campus in Longbridge. Charities, community organisations and education establishments have all had the benefit of the College’s resources, including furniture, IT and specialist equipment.
The largest donation was made to the Fairbridge programme, which has recently become part of youth charity The Prince’s Trust, working with disadvantaged young people, giving them the motivation, self confidence and skills needed to change their lives. College’s art supplies, kitchen equipment, IT equipment, classroom and office furniture will all go to good use at the charity’s recently refurbished premises in Digbeth.
“The generosity and support from Bournville College has been overwhelming, the fabulous furniture and equipment has completely transformed the look of our centre and its effects are both uplifting to staff and motivating, thank you on behalf of our staff and young people.” Claire Farrell, Partnership Development Manager for the Fairbridge programme, commented.
Other charities benefiting from Bournville College’s furniture donations have included ACFAS, Social & Education Centre, Bosnia UK Network, ADRASS Relief Agency, Community Resource Information Centre, Heathbrook Community, Rathbone Society, Centrepoint Christian Church, Ethiopian World Federation and Anawim Women’s Project. Between them, the organisations collected over 500 chairs, 300 desks, 60 computers, soft furnishings, whiteboards, storage units and more. Swanhurst School and Bournville Secondary School both benefited from science equipment, Hazrat Khadijatul Kubra Girls School in Small Heath took away classroom furniture, whilst specialist kitchen resources went to Meadows Primary School.
British Heart Foundation (BHF), the charity that aims to prevent people dying from heart diseases, welcomed a donation of over 400 lever arch files. Anna Fox, BHF’s Store Manager in Northfield reflected:
‘We are very grateful for a donation of stationery from Bournville College which will enable a number of British Heart Foundation charity stores in South West Birmingham to sell the items and raise further funds for our life saving work.’
Dave Collins, Assistant Principal for Estates at Bournville College, commented: ‘Whilst we have been very fortunate to secure funding for our new build, we recognise that other community organisations often face more difficult circumstances. Our intention was always to help as many charities as possible and ensure that our furniture and equipment doesn’t go to waste. We are extremely pleased that so many local organisations have been able to benefit.’
The College moved to its new premises in Longbridge at the end of August and faced record student enrolment in September, attracting students from across the world with its state-of-the-art campus. The old site has been sold to Bournville Village Trust and will be developed in the new year into a retirement village.