West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust is awarded £92,500 grant by The National Lottery Heritage Find to undertake Resilience and Engagement Project

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The staff and trustees of the West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust, working with the Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust and the City of Wolverhampton Regenerating Buildings Preservation Trust, are happy to announce they have been awarded over £92,500 to complete a yearlong project entitled Resilience and Engagement.

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project begun at the beginning of March after a successful procurement process for a Project Manager was undertaken.

Over the course of the year, this project will help to shape the future direction of the Trusts with the help of a team of knowledgeable consultants, yet to be recruited, and will change how the Trusts engage with our local communities to best serve them.

Sue Whitehouse (Chair of Trustees) said; ‘This project is an important step forward in creating a Building Preservation Trust which is sustainable and can continue to succeed into the future. Resilience and Engagement are important factors in continuing to experience the success we have had in the last few years, and I look forward to being able to implement the findings this project yields’.

This project is also being aided by the DWP Kickstart scheme, which has allowed for the appointment of a Heritage Assistant, whilst the National Lottery Heritage Fund has kindly funded the costs to cover an uplift in hours. This project also benefits from the training programme delivered by Heritage Compass that our Heritage Development Support Officer has been undertaking.

Our Heritage Assistant, Olivia, said of her new role and the project: ‘I am really excited to make the most of this exciting opportunity and help benefit the work of the Three Trusts.’

It is with thanks to the National Lottery players that this project can go ahead, along with our other supporting funders, to make West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust a resilient and engaging charity, empowered to achieve our mission and vision.

Picture: L-R, Amelia Matthews, Heritage Development support Officer; Fiona Keith-Lucas, Heritage Development Officer; Olivia Kirk, Heritage Assistant; Suzanne Wenczek, Project Manager. Photo credit: Peter Lopeman

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