WE are delighted to announce that our Parkside Community Hub has been shortlisted in the ‘Building Futures’ category of National Housing Federation’s (NHF) Community Impact awards.
The NHF awards - which will see the ceremony taking place at the Bedford Lodge hotel in Newmarket on Tuesday 23rd October - celebrate the projects which have made a positive impact on local communities and the residents who live in them.
Officially launched in May 2012 by the Right Honourable Member of Parliament and Secretary of State for Transport, Simon Burns, the Parkside Community Hub – a former health clinic - in Melbourne Avenue, Chelmsford, wastransformed by us to provide local residents with an information technology training suite; a fully equipped training kitchen; a multi-function room with crèche facility, meeting rooms and a communal garden space.
Debbie Willson, Parkside Community Hub Manager, said: “We’re delighted that the Parkside Community Hub has been shortlisted.
“The Hub offers a different approach to tackling social and financial problems. By providing free services the Hub is primarily aimed at getting people involved in training so that they have the confidence and skills to make long-term changes to their lifestyle to help them back into work.”
Working with Adult Community Learning, JobCentre Plus, Voluntary Sector Training, Women’s Aid, Chelmsford City Council, Citizens Advice Bureau and Essex Police, the Parkside Community Hub aims to enhance residents lives and provide them with the skills to gain employment.
Helping to increase their skills and qualifications and acting as a focal point for community volunteering, local residents benefit from the opportunities available due to the information technology, cooking, literacy and numeracy courses held by us and our partner agencies.
Taking place during school holidays, the Parkside Community Hub also offers activities and events for young people, including neighbourhood respect projects such as arts and crafts and cooking, educational trips and litter picking projects.