Transforming the Hillfields Community Hub
MANAGED by Hillfields Community & Family Trust since last year, the building previously known as Hillfields Youth Centre has a sports hall, meeting rooms, an art room, music room, therapy room, main reception hall with tables and seating.
Community groups, community-focused businesses and residents can hire the facilities and the Hub also hosts youth activities provided by Creative Youth Network, the West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL) and Wicketz. The trust also runs its own activities for under-11s on Fridays, after funding for this age group was cut. George cooks meals for them with food provided by local supermarkets through through the Fair Share food deliveries scheme.
The Hub has capacity to host up to 200 people for family parties and events and the trust also puts on popular special events including a summer fair – the next one is on August 3 – and Halloween party.
The building had been on the decline in the years before HC&FT took over but there are now plans to completely refurbish it. The scheme will cost around £250,000 and includes major repairs to the sports hall, below, renewing the changing rooms and toilets, and restructuring internal rooms to create a bigger music studio.
Jan and George are applying for funding from organisations including Sport England and the Community Infrastructure Levy, which uses fees paid by developers for planning permission.
Jan said the building was in a "shocking" state when they took it over, with a list of repairs needed to the fabric of the building and some rooms piled "floor to ceiling" with junk, including an old tractor tyre and dilapidated boxing ring, which needed three lorries to clear out. Bringing it up to a reasonable standard took six months.
To enquire about the hub's facilities or volunteer to help its work email firstname.lastname@example.org.