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South Ham hub will benefit people of all ages
PEOPLE of all ages in a Basingstoke neighbourhood are set to benefit from the launch of a Family Hub in a local community centre.
The West Community Association has been hard at work in recent months, to make the dream of a family-focused hub a reality at Russell Howard Pavilion, in South Ham.
A £25,000 grant from Sovereign Housing Association has helped the association to fund a youth worker and has enabled it to provide better equipment at the pavilion for the use of local families.
The Family Hub at the pavilion will be used for the South Ham youth club every Wednesday or Friday evening, a monthly toy library run by Mencap, a weekly dads’ club and weekly parental support classes during term time.
Nicky Blunden, centre manager, said: “It’s a really exciting time for us at the moment. This will let us hold more of the activities that are needed in the area.
“Sovereign came to us and wanted to help, and we were delighted.”
Sovereign Housing Association’s community investment co-ordinator Lee Dillon said: “Sovereign has contributed £25,000 this year to Westside Community Association to help them to make the Russell Howard Family Hub sustainable.
“They have chosen to invest this money in recruiting a youth worker and in equipping the building to deliver a better service for residents of South Ham.
“This funding has had the added benefit of facilitating a more joined-up approach to youth provision in this part of Basingstoke.
“This contribution forms part of a wider investment that Sovereign is making in communities in South Ham and Buckskin.”
Earlier in the year, a team of volunteers from The Prince’s Trust revamped the pavilion, decorating the inside of the building.
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