Creative Sustainability Community Hubs

The Community Hubs project aims to build community resilience to ensure we are better prepared for emergencies in the future.

Community Hubs are organisations that act as a central point of contact and support for their communities. In normal times, Hubs can be connectors of people, communities, local groups, social entreprises and voluntary sector organisations and a place where people can find friendship, positive things to do, acquire new skills, share their expertise and get help and advice on food, housing, finances, health and wellbeing. 

In emergencies, Hubs can become distribution centres and provide storage for food, manage volunteers, be a focal point of support for mutual aid groups, become a fiscal host, offer expertise on inclusion, safeguarding and GDPR and help ensure important information is shared with the community and feedback is acted upon in a timely manner. 

The project has received funding from Stroud District Council, Gloucestershire County Council and 30 Percy.

The Community Hubs Project will look at what needs to be done to expand the existing network of Hubs in order to:

·      Ensure coverage across the district and appropriate distribution of responsibilities

·      Share knowledge, resources and skills

·      Ensure best practice around inclusion and safeguarding

·      Improve cross sector working and collaboration

·      Ensure fair and efficient use of resources

What’s next for Community Hubs?

June 2021: Community Hubs Development Lead recruited – funded post for 1 year
June 2021 – June 2022: Develop the Strategic Plan according to:

  1. Creative Sustainability Strategy Document (2020)
  2. Theory of Change: Community Hubs project
  3. Steering Group Prioritisation exercise

The four priorities identified by the SG in December 2021:

District Map
Check list
Peer Network
Costed Plan