The project is about delivering long-term sustainable, community led change which will be delivered by the community through the enablement and empower of its own resources. The vehicle by which this will be delivered is through the development of a Community Hub.
The Community Hub project transformed a derelict/disused building into a sustainable Community Hub (“the Hub”), using £2.1m raised by the community and managed by Burnfoot Community Futures (BCF), a charitable company limited by guarantee.
Construction on the Hub started in late 2014 creating:
- a nursery suite (day care provision supporting people back into training , education, work)
- community café (focus on healthy eating, cooking to a budget)
- soft play (focus on active play, linking young families into local services)
- 4x office spaces (Healthy Living Centre and 1 sound proofed for young people’s music studio)
- multi-function room (focus on education and physical activity - dance studio, workshops, training, events)
- garden and growing space (links to healthy eating, outdoor activity)
- play areas ( focus on active play, family support, outdoor activity).
The Hub opened in October 2015 and is already exceeding business plan projections in terms of patronage and usage.
The project created 5.84 FTE direct project jobs, 9 indirect jobs (created or sustained), 30 volunteering opportunities and has a comprehensive Business Plan showing a sustainable Hub by Year 4 through its income generating services.