Our plan is to create “Clent Connect” – a Community Hub and café with a small shop in the village of Clent in Worcestershire. "Clent Connect" will be a long-term legacy of Covid-19, building on the fantastic community support and engagement that occurred during lockdown, with the continuing need for this identified in a recent community survey where 95% of respondents said they strongly or very strongly supported the concept. Once "Clent Connect" is in place there will be a physical building in the center of Clent providing a place for all community members to meet. Isolation and loneliness in the community will have reduced and there will be much more inter-generational socializing. Under the management of a paid member of staff and a team of volunteers the café and shop will create a small surplus which will be reinvested in the hub and community, thus ensuring the sustainability of this project
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Having recently completed a community engagement survey of all households in the village, the support for a Community Hub has been overwhelming with 95% of completed surveys strongly or very strongly supporting the project. The key benefits, as identified by the residents, are improved mental health and wellbeing, reduced isolation and loneliness and more opportunities for intergenerational socializing. Plans for the 'Clent Hub' include: - A place to meet for a chat - A community café - A small shop for essentials and seasonal fresh produce - A community repair hub - A central source of local information - A parcel delivery pick-up point - Young people's network - Arranged days out -Community surgeries -Volunteer local 'taxi' service The expectation is that the hub with cafe and shop will facilitate community activities in the village and be a catalyst for positive change for all residents.
Steps to get it done:
A key learning during covid-19 was that Clent residents really want to 'give back' and volunteer, and the opportunity to do this will be provided by the hub, cafe and shop. A paid manager will oversee the activity of the hub and manage the volunteers (thus creating employment for one person at the outset). A key intention is to reduce isolation and loneliness and this will be done by encouraging activity by age group (elderly and young) and also intergenerational meet-ups. We obviously need to ensure the project is sustainable in the long term so have linked strongly with the Plunkett Foundation for their valuable advice on setting up community projects (including the optimum legal model). As part of community consultation we have worked closely with both the Parish and District Councils, and have their full support to proceed with the project plan.
About the space
Bromsgrove District Council
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