Parkside Community Hub

Our Parkside Community Hub is a friendly and welcoming space available to customers and the wider community. It’s a great place for you to meet people, learn new skills and take part in activities. The Hub is also a warm space, so why not drop in this winter for a hot drink and a chat.

Located on Melbourne Avenue in Chelmsford, the Hub is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 4.30pm.

Social events and opportunities

We host seasonal arts and craft sessions, coffee mornings and film nights. Come and join us, get creative or try something new. Check out our What’s on calendar for further information on upcoming events.

Improving skills and gaining qualifications

We work closely with partner organisations to offer several courses, for beginners through to recognised qualifications. Courses include maths, English and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).

Vocational training courses include the Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS), plus food safety in catering and child psychology through WEA, and an introduction to support work in schools. For more information about the partners we work with and the courses they run, visit our Employment skills page.

If you’re looking to improve your digital skills or need help with job searching online, we host a drop-in session for computer skills every Wednesday 10am-2pm. If you’d like to have fun learning a new language, we host social Spanish classes every Thursday 10am-12pm.

Advice and support with health, wellbeing and benefits

We host weekly drop-in sessions with Peabody on a Tuesday 9am-12.30pm. They can provide lots of resources to support you with concerns about housing, mental health, debt, isolation, or substance misuse. Peabody are also available on a Monday to help with form filling - these sessions are by appointment only. Call 0800 288 8883 to book.

You can also get face to face support at the Hub from our welfare advisors every Tuesday. They provide help and information with all types of benefits from filling out an application, to appeal and tribunal. Drop-in for advice between 9am-12.30pm.


We hold a variety of ad hoc workshops, covering topics such as managing your money and being savvy with your food shopping. Check out our What’s on calendar for further details and upcoming opportunities.

Hearing aid maintenance

Hearing aids need cleaning regularly and retubing every four to six months. Hearing Help Essex, a charity that supports people with hearing loss, hold appointments for NHS hearing aid users at the Hub every month for maintenance and support. These must be booked directly with the charity in advance.

Call: 01245 496 347, text: 07950 406 173 or email:

For more information about any of these sessions and upcoming events, dates and times please visit our What’s on calendar. If you’d like to book onto a course, please email:

What's on

Room hire at the Hub

We have several rooms available for hire at the Hub. These include meeting rooms, an IT suite and our large kitchen. To register your interest in any of our spaces and to find out more about room amenities and hiring fees, please contact You can book a room by filling out this form and a member of the team will be in touch to confirm the booking.