The Hub, Newport

Awarded £57,900 to purchase their building

About the service

The Hub is a registered charity that provides activities, training and support for young people in Newport and the surrounding areas. As well as a youth club, The Hub has the potential to be a venue for other community groups that need a permanent base from which to operate. At the start of the project The Hub was used by a mother and baby clinic, TCAT and a job club that helps people secure work and training. In addition it is the home of Nova FM radio station which broadcasts local news and offers training for budding presenters and technicians. The facility is open to any youth based organisation to provide services and support to the whole of Telford and Wrekin.

What was needed

The cost of leasing the building was putting the activities of The Hub at risk. Without the Community Pride Funding the charity and the building would have closed. This would have closed the youth club and put other community groups and Nova FM out of their home. The potential to develop the facility for more community use would have been lost.

We needed to purchase the building, remove the lease costs and make the facility attractive to more users so that The Hub was a viable and valuable community facility.

What the Pride funding has meant to them

Word regarding the Community Pride Fund has spread and resulted in more community groups approaching and using The Hub. The charity has worked with these groups to re-design the interior to be more flexible for all users. Desks and chairs have been purchased, providing better facilities. They are now home to:

  • My Options – providing activities for adults with learning disabilities
  • Boughey Explorer Scouts
  • TCAT- providing training for adults
  • Job Shop
  • NovaFM – local FM radio station
  • Newport Bridge Club

The Youth Club also now opens on two nights per week, Monday and Wednesday, for the young people of Newport and the surrounding areas.

The next step is to complete the purchase of the building and then increase the number of young people using the youth club.

The non-measurable benefits are the community spirit and support between the users of The Hub. A spokesperson from My Options said: “Being part of the diverse group of local people that access the Newport Hub has meant that adults with learning disabilities have been welcomed into the local community and now have a safe place to meet socialise and develop friendships and learn different skills all in one place. Working together with all the other users of the hub has given us all pride in continuing to develop the building and maximising its use for everyone benefit.”

The Hub (left to right: Cllr Peter Scott, Nova’s John “Pops” Evans, Ccout Justin Turpin, Cllr Shaun Davies, Scout Dylan Webb, Nova’s Arran Shepherd, Dawn Wilbrey from The Hub’s Youth Club, Youth Club member Alex Birchall, Bridge Club’s Ken Davies, Bridge Club’s David West and Youth Club member Alison Scott)

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