Social enterprise welcomes Shadow Minister and local MP

Several high-profile visitors dropped into an Erdington community centre following the launch of the Labour Party manifesto.

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Caroline Flint and Erdington MP Jack Dromey visited the Lakeside Children’s and Family Learning Centre – run by social enterprise and training provider Enta – along with City Councillor Catherine Grundy.

The trio met a group of Enta trainees at the popular Wyrley Birch community centre and also took time out for a tour of the facilities on offer.

The visit followed the morning launch of the Labour Party manifesto in Perry Barr.

MP Jack Dromey, also Shadow Local Government Minister, said: “Unemployment soared in the West Midlands by 27,000 last month. Over one in five young people are out of work. Enta is a lifeline for these people who would otherwise have no hope of training or finding work.

“Erdington, one of the 10 poorest constituencies in Britain, is fortunate to have Enta and in tough times it’s vital that Government continues to support their work.”

Lakeside centre manager Geraldine Dowling said: “It was fantastic to show off the great work we do here and to put the Lakeside on the national map. We have a really strong community feel at the centre so it was perfect to be able to show that to the Shadow Communities Secretary.”

Kevin Hayes, chief executive of Enta, added: “Whether it’s training young people, providing much needed services to the community or running a nursery, everyone at Enta takes great pride in their job.

“Having leading politicians drop in to see this first-hand was a real endorsement of the work we do and also a great tribute to our employees, and especially the Lakeside team.”

Enta Community Interest Company (CIC) is a Birmingham based social enterprise that provides real life chances for local people and transforms communities.

For more information on Lakeside Children’s and Family Learning Centre please contact 0121 386 6150.

  1. Alun Severn Reply

    Dan — brilliant. Great photograph too.

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