Our History

New Heights Warren Farm Community Project has grown out of Christ the King parish’s concern for the community in the area and its wish to reach out and help where needed. Its origins go back to 2003 when Fr. Michael White came to the area. After much discussion and consultation, a community group was formed in 2004 to try and bring about change and to identify and support those in need whatever their background.

From these small beginnings, a Management Committee was formed and was registered as a charity in December 2006. The first chair was John McCarthy who was to give many years of sterling work to help develop the charity. Karen Spence from Birmingham City Council offered valuable support in fundraising.  Doreen Jaen-Mooney was appointed as the project manager and she brought charisma and a huge talent to this role. Tragically Doreen died in February 2015.

You can find a separate tribute to Doreen on this page –click here

The Parish borrowed some money and bought a nearby shop premises which was then refurbished and redesigned to become a Community Café facility for the project. This was then made available for use by the wider community. It was later extended to include office space, part of which is used by partner agencies including The Kingstanding Regeneration Trust (KRT),ASHRAM Housing Association, Stonham Carers’ Support Service and other voluntary partners.

To the side of Christ the King Church, the charity has built St John’s Community Centre with the support of Lottery funding and many other fundraising activities from large to small. It provides multi-purpose accommodation from which a wide range of services are delivered – many in conjunction with statutory and voluntary partner agencies.

The strength and success of the New Heights Project lies in its many volunteers who give tirelessly to help pursue the aims and objectives of the charity.

It is our mission to build on this history and to develop further initiatives for the good of the people we serve.

 

Key Dates 

2006 – New Heights became a registered Charity

2007 – Purchase and refurbishment of the Community Café

2008 – Development of the Capital Business Plan to build St Johns Community Centre

2009 – Construction of St Johns Community Centre

2010 – Opening of St Johns Community Centre

2011 – Extension of the Community Café

Key Achievements

2010- New Heights wins ‘Best in Community Engagement of the Decade in West Midlandsby Regen WM

2010 – New Heights wins Directory of Social Change, t he Everyday Impact Award for Long-term Enterprises.

2011- New Heights staff are invited to the House of Lords to share and celebrate good practice in developing cohesive Community Services

2013 – New Heights wins ‘Big Society Award’ presented by Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron

2014 – New Heights wins ‘Queens Award’