News article created on 26 October 2015

Community group adopt West Midlands canal

Wassifa Inspire are helping us to transform a stretch of canal in central Birmingham

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The project is part of a national initiative made possible through a grant of £249,000 from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and £127,000 donation from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Nick Cleaver said: “Birmingham is as famous for its canals as it is for the diverse communities that live in the city and surrounding suburbs. Wassifa Inspire have some great ideas on how to transform this part of the canal and create strong links within the local community and I can’t wait for them to get started.”

Bringing the waterway life

Mykal Brown, from Wassifa Inspire, said: “We are really pleased to have adopted this three mile stretch of the canal; there is so much heritage in the waterways, and untapped resources that communities don't always appreciate. We are looking forward to working with the Canal & River Trust to bring this waterway to life.”

Wassifa Inspire are also planning to work with Birmingham Museum, South & City College, Birmingham City Council, Cycle Revolution Scheme (which has already donated 20 bikes to the project), Ladywood Fire Service and Community Payback to deliver the various projects along the canal to help create their ideas.