The Hub Project
The Hub Project started in July 2015 as a community space in Central Southend focused on Digital Inclusion, Financial Inclusion and Social issues. The ward and surrounding wards where the centre is based are areas of high deprivation which are in the top 10% in the UK.
The Victoria Hub expanded to provide more services working with partners: Citizens Advice, Peabody, Health watch Southend, Storehouse, Age Concern Southend.
The Hub project has grown and developed with the needs of the community and tailored services to those needs. The project developed free pre ESOL level English classes created and run by volunteers.
Working very closely with partners the model has worked effectively in connecting service users directly, reducing access times and breaking down barriers of contact with a friendly open environment. The project is a friendly social environment which helps connect people providing a space for people to meet, receive support and help.
Since the projects inception it has engaged with over 10,000 people, provided over 50 volunteer opportunities with 20 volunteers entering into employment from the project. The Project has helped over 1500 people gain digital skills.