Glenn Howells, HRH Princess Royal, Gill Morbey and John Crabtree review plans for new community centre in Birmingham - at event in Birmingham on 1 December

Glenn Howells, HRH Princess Royal, Gill Morbey and John Crabtree review plans for new community centre in Birmingham

Pears Foundation makes £700,000 grant towards major new centre for disabled people in the West Midlands

– TouchBase Pears centre is being developed by national deafblind charity, Sense, and will open in 2017 

 – £14 million centre continues the regeneration of Selly Oak, creating 130 jobs, and providing specialist services for people with sensory impairments and wider services for the whole community 

 A £700,000 grant from Pears Foundation will go towards a major new development planned for the West Midlands, it has been announced today.

The TouchBase Pears centre, which is expected to open in spring 2017, has been developed by national deafblind charity, Sense, and will provide specialist services for people with sensory impairments, as well as services for the whole community – including a café, conference and training facilities, arts and performance area and a community space.

Announced last week by HRH the Princess Royal at a special fundraising event in Birmingham, the centre will be based in Selly Oak, and form part of the area’s ongoing regeneration, creating up to 130 new jobs.  It is expected to cost £14 million, with an overall fundraising target of £5 million. £1.4 million has already been raised from trusts and foundations.

Trevor Pears CMG, Executive Chair of Pears Foundation said, “We are delighted to partner with Sense and are proud to support this ambitious new centre for Selly Oak. It’s wonderful to see such an investment in Birmingham, but what’s most exciting is the inclusive vision: benefiting people with disabilities and the wider community.”

Gillian Morbey OBE, Sense Chief Executive, said:  “Pears Foundation share our vision of delivering a resource to the Midlands that benefits people with sensory impairments and also the wider community. We’re thrilled that they have chosen to provide such a generous donation towards that vision. The TouchBase Pears centre will make a great difference to so many lives.”

To find out more about the TouchBase Pears centre, or to donate, visit www.letsbuildtouchbase.org