Impact Hub: ‘You were raised to be embarrassed to be from Birmingham’

A workshop/community centre bringing together people and ideas to improve lives across Birmingham

A workshop/community centre bringing together people and ideas to improve lives across Birmingham. 
Immy Kaur, a proud Brummie Sikh, had no idea of the impact of the brain drain on her home city – until she came back to it. She had left in 2004 to go to university in Cardiff before moving to London to work in international development. Kaur came home soon after, then only one of a handful from her school year still living in the city. “At that time, you were raised to believe Birmingham was a bit shit and you were embarrassed to be from there,” she says, “but I wanted to explore what it would look like to build something in my own city.”...
...“Why can’t everyone have beautiful things? Things that they can be proud of? We have really high-quality design and our building is open to everyone and really well looked after.” Kaur won’t accept a culture of low aspiration. “There are loads of things like [Impact Hub] in London but we want to make sure it’s not just for those who can afford it.”

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