Our Place Community Hub
Our Place Community Hub was started in September 2011 when a small group of local people came together with the idea of identifying a community venue where people could go to for advice, as well as for educational and social services.
What is Our Place Community Hub?
Our Place Community Hub was founded based on the needs of the local community. After the Extended Services programme ended in 2011 due to council budget cuts, this left a gap for support services for children and families within the local area. In 2011, £150,000 was raised to bring an old derelict building to life which became Our Place Community Hub.
The Our Place Mentoring Scheme began in November 2011 with just one member of the team delivering support. The demand for the mentoring scheme grew quickly and Our Place Community Hub now have 2 paid staff and a team of 43 volunteers who have varying roles from directors to admin staff, and mentors to general advisers.
On average, Our Place Community Hub supports 300 people every month through their services and via their mentoring service delivered at local schools, family homes and other community venues.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
One of the services offered at Our Place Community Hub is the mentoring service, which delivers one to one and group based support for children, adults and parents on social, emotional and mental health issues. Mentoring on a one to one basis is delivered for up to 12 months and group work is between 4 and 7 weeks. The project has received the Approved Provider Standard award for having effective processes and procedures in place and delivering an impactful service to users.
The scheme aims to support neglected children, those with mental health issues, domestic violence in families, parenting, children suffering from depression, anxiety or stress, those that are self-harming and children in the care system. There is no criteria for the mentoring support, if the individual has a need that can be supported through play and talking therapy, then they are always give an opportunity to go to the Hub.
They have subscriptions with 19 local schools who make a nominal contribution for their services, and the mentoring scheme can also be accessed by the general public on a fee paying basis. If Our Place Community Hub were to win the funding, it would mean that they could continue to offer their services to schools and also keep the Hub running. This would also the local community to continue to access a variety of services without the pressure of raising the funds to make this happen.
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Where can people go to find out more about Our Place Community Hub?
Kelly Round, Manager
Tel: 0121 354 4080