Ladders of Opportunity Bursary in Memory of Jack Dromey & Penny Holbrook

May 15, 2024

We are thrilled to announce the launch of The Ladders of Opportunity Bursary, a beacon of hope and a tribute to the enduring legacy of beloved community leaders, Erdington MP Jack Dromey and Stockland Green Councillor Penny Holbrook.

This bursary represents a pivotal step forward in providing vital financial support to young people across Erdington, empowering them to further their skills development or successfully advance their career opportunities. Both champions of equality, Jack and Penny dedicated their lives to supporting and empowering Erdington’s residents and striving for a future where every individual can thrive and succeed.

In collaboration with key partners including IM Properties, BMet College, The Pioneer Group and Urban Devotion, we have established the Ladders of Opportunity Bursary to honour Jack and Penny’s memory.

Resident Director/Chair of Witton Lodge Community Association, Linda Hines MBE, said “The Ladders of Opportunity Bursary is a wonderful tribute to Jack and Penny’s enduring commitment to fostering a community where young people can thrive and realise their full potential. We are extremely grateful to Jack and Penny’s families for their support and to our partners, IM Properties, BMet, The Pioneer Group and Urban Devotion, for their generosity in bringing this initiative to life.”

With bursaries up to £1,000 available, this initiative aims to provide financial support to individuals aged 16 to 25 living in the Erdington Constituency to support their educational and career aspirations. The application process for The Ladders of Opportunity Bursary officially opens at midday on Monday 20th May.

For full details including the application process and criteria, please contact Witton Lodge Community Association via or call 0121 382 1930. From midday Monday 20th May you can also download the full criteria and Application Pack on our Bursary Page 


The Ladders of Opportunity Bursary has been created in memory of Jack Dromey and Penny Holbrook.