The Hub only opened in Autumn 2016 so it is still early to measure any big shift in relation to health, poverty or employment in Lochee. However, that is absolutely what we will be measuring our contribution towards.
Among our achievements to date are simply that the Hub is open and operational, because that took a lot of hard work and perseverance from the Hub team and those supporting us.
We have also achieved our ambition of having a variety of services focused on the key priorities of health, addiction, employability and children and families using the Hub and connecting with the Lochee community.
We also know that the Lochee community is using the Hub and that it is increasingly being seen as a key part of community life. In the first five months the Hub was open there were over 3,500 visitors and 34 different organisations using the space to provide a range of recreational, employability, recovery friendly and support services for the whole community.
The most important feedback we have had is from the community themselves. People from Lochee have told us:
“The Hub has been a great place to come as I can socialise with other people. It is a great place that is needed in Lochee.”
“Access to services which otherwise I couldn’t do before the Hub opened. Staff very helpful. Easy atmosphere to make you feel at ease.”
“There’s a lot of agencies who provide good services like job club, Addaction, benefits, housing plus you get to sit down with staff or whoever is in plus you find out what is happening in the area.”