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Resident Led Community Centre in Heath Town Opened by Geoff Thompson MBE

Heath Town Community HubOn Monday 27 June, Geoff Thompson MBE joined residents from Heath Town, Wolverhampton, to officially open their new Community Hub.

The project has been developed by residents in partnership with Black Country Make CIC, West Midlands Police, Wolverhampton City Council, Wolves Community Trust, West Midlands Fire Service, the BeActive Partnership and the national charity, Youth Charter for Sport.

Heath Town Community Hub is housed across three shops and is space for residents to tell stories, share technology and improve their mental and physical wellbeing through a re-fitted yoga centre.

Developed by the community, architect Jez Monk-Hawksworth, through Black Country Make CIC, has worked with residents to make the Hub a reality.

Developed by 27 founding members, all now in paid employment, Heath Town Community Hub has 478 members reflecting each of the 36 different nationalities in Heath Town. At the newly re-fitted space these members can access a photography dark room, computers, 3D printing, laser cutting and digital manufacturing and participate in yoga classes from mixed groups to closed sessions for Muslim women.

Jez Monk-Hawksworth, Black Country Make said: “I have been working with the community for four years to support and develop their skills so that they could make the Community Hub a reality. It is fantastic to see that the resident’s hard work and commitment has created a centre that is genuinely providing local opportunities for local people.”

Geoff Thompson MBE, Youth Charter for Sport, said: “The Heath Town Community Hub reflects a 2012 pledge to ‘inspire a generation’ to be more physically active. In a 2016 Olympic and Paralympic year, this is an excellent example of the Youth Charter’s Community Campus project, which aims to engage, equip and empower a young people and wider community legacy opportunity for all. This is the first step of this Campus being realised.”

Simon Hall, Director Black Country BeActive Partnership said: “We are delighted to have supported Heath Town Community Hub. The centre is a leading example of how with the right support and skills development a community can create their own space for sport, culture and technology which is relevant to their community and their needs. It’s great to see the space in use with over 3,500 people having come through the door to-date.”

For more information about Heath Town Community Centre visit www.blackcountrymake.it

The Black Country BeActive Partnership is one of 45 County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) in England working to provide opportunities for people to participate in sport and physical activity across the Black Country. For more information about the BeActive Partnership visit http://www.blackcountrybeactive.co.uk/

Last modified on Monday, 11 July 2016 16:01

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