The HCBL Partnership Group is led by local residents

  • If you live work and/or volunteer within the area and are aged over 18 years you are eligible to join the group
  • We hold our meetings locally once a month
  • Members also include local organisations and our local councillors
  • Our aim is to make sure that the money is spent based on the needs and priorities of local people

 SCIPS have been appointed as a Locally Trusted Organisation (LTO) to manage the finances on our behalf and provide a wide range of community development support to the Partnership Group.

Some of the things we have achieved so far

  • Following research carried out in 2022, around the employment, training/education and skills needs of the Hateley Heath and Stone Cross areas, the HCBL Partnership is working on providing a community-based navigator and network meeting service across the HCBL area starting in April 2023.
  • We have launched a new Community Grant programme, offering grants to local groups and organisations to help us deliver our legacy intentions, grants are available up to £2,500.
  • The 4 Community Hub was opened for Community use. The building on Wiltshire Way had been left empty when SAPA left and was opened again with help from a HCBL Grant to refurbish it.
  • We are supporting a Young Voices programme, to gather young people's aspirations for the area. Powered by CAN are working with Primary school children to design and deliver family fun days on our green spaces during 2023.
  • We are working with Sandwell MBC to make significant improvements to the Mill Pool site, enhancing what is already a beautiful space to encourage more use by local residents for dog walks, cycling and community activities.
  • Two goalposts will be sited on the Denbigh Drive green space during 2023, the grass will be cut and the football pitch markings will be redone to encourage community football activities.
  • Regular litter picking sessions are held once a month on our green spaces, HCBL Community Litter pickers will be seen out and about with their distinctive Hi Vis vests.
  • We provided St John Bosco Catholic Primary School with the funds to purchase a new Summer House for the children to spend their lunchtimes in.
  • St John Bosco Catholic Primary School also built and fully stocked one indoor and two outdoor libraries with reading benches and pods with HCBL funding.
  • Hall Green Primary School created a garden with raised beds to grow flowers and food, they now run lunchtime clubs for the children to tend the garden, this was made possible through funding from HCBL.
  • Hall Green Primary also installed reading huts to support the children's mental health and well-being using HCBL grants.
  • Hateley Heath Academy developed forest school areas and are working on improvements to the KS2 playground using funding from HCBL.
  • Installed a Trim Trail for Children on Kesteven Green.
  • Commissioned research into the Employment and Training needs of our residents
  • Installed Playground games and benches on Somerset Green.
  • Delivered 1000's of leaflets and newsletters to every home in the area.
  • Sponsored local community groups with small grants of up to £500.00.
  • Allocated Theme grants for larger projects.
  • Planted 1000's of daffodil bulbs across parts of the estate.
  • Sponsored the Christmas Tree and lights in Stone Cross for 3 previous years.
  • Funded skips to be placed in the area for residents to dispose of rubbish.
  • Funded local schools, for example, after school dance classes, painting a sun bear and a family/educational trip.