Back in June 2003 the founding trustees took on responsibility for what was previously a day care centre and originally a civil defence depot, the building was in poor condition, was deemed to be surplus to requirements of the local authority and was in imminent danger of being demolished. In anticipating the planned future redevelopment of the Bloomfield area from industrial to new housing estates, our small but committed group of community leaders got their heads together and formed a new independent organisation called Brook Street Community Centre.
After lengthy discussions and considerations Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council duly agreed to lease the premises to the group, initially on a five year lease with the benefit of a 100% rent subsidy to assist us in establishing facilities for the local population of Tipton and surrounding areas of Sandwell to further develop community activities for leisure, education and social welfare. Brook Street Community Centre was granted charity status in the spring of 2004 and continues to work solely for the benefit of the community in achieving it's aim of providing a safe, secure and comfortable venue for a host of community led activities and social events.
In 2015 an agreement was made to merge our own charity with Tipton Community Association, so creating a new organisation with all the experience of outdoor community events, leisure activities, and our own expertise in running a successful community centre, with the aim of developing new and innovative community services throughout the Tipton and surrounding areas.
From dog training to sequence dancing, toddler groups to martial arts, bingo to coffee mornings, our Community Centre has since become an important community hub for numerous different user groups and is also a preferred base for a number of local voluntary organisations including the Tipton Community Association, Tipton Hindu Association and Tipton Resource Centre.
Further details of these groups and all our other member groups can be found on the Regular Groups page.
Although external funding has been limited we have been able to generate funds through regular lettings by voluntary and community groups, private function hire and associated income from our own licensed bar which has enabled us to invest in the redecoration of the internal rooms, toilet facilities and security measures such as metal shutters, security lighting and a comprehensive alarm system. Indeed, throughout our occupation of the building we have continually upgraded and improved the internal aspects of the facilities, a new laminate wood dance floor was laid in 2012 and we have recently commenced painting of the external of the premises. As well as being available for private functions the centre has also become a preferred venue for other charity groups due to our excellent function room facilities.
With seating for up to 250 people, and a fully stocked licensed bar, the centre can be transformed into a cabaret venue and with top name entertainers more than happy to appear here, Brook Street Community Centre has assisted in raising thousands of pounds for various charities.