A new community hub opened with a flourish in Yate last month with a series of free activities.
Visitors to the new Cranleigh Court Community Hub could enjoy arts and crafts sessions, face painting and tuck into cakes as the new community venue was officially opened. The hub has been set up by community development charity South Brooks Community Partnerships as a place for local people to learn new skills, meet other people and improve their health and wellbeing.
Speaking at the opening, Southern Brooks Director Julie Close said: “We have got three year funding from South Gloucestershire to work in Cranleigh Court and that’s been supplemented by Bromford, which we are really grateful for.
"I think we are seeing a lot of change now in Cranleigh Court and in Yate. But none of this would be happening without the residents, and getting other residents involved is going to be key to the success of the hub.”
Activities at the hub will be co-ordinated by a development worker whose role is being part-funded by Bromford.
Community Insight and Investment Officer Louise Lambert said: “We own a lot of homes in this area of Yate, which has been designated a priority neighbourhood by South Gloucestershire Council and are aware of issues with unemployment and poor health, but also know that a lot of people like living there. As part of our commitment to supporting the communities we work in we decided to join the council in funding a development worker in the area to bring the community together.
“The opening of the hub will mean there’s an excellent venue locally for groups to hold events right in the heart of the community.”
The hub is already hosting free drop-in coffee sessions every Wednesday from 10am – 1pm and Thursdays from 12noon or 4pm and will be hosting Wellbeing College activities, starting with a mindfulness workshop which begins on Thursday 25 October from 2:30pm – 3:30pm for five weeks.