Community Hubs are run by the local community in partnership with a range of organisations including Thurrock Council. The great attraction of Community Hubs is that local communities can play a significant role in deciding on local priorities for action.
There are currently six Community Hubs, in South Ockendon, Chadwell St Mary and Stifford Clays/Blackshots, Purfleet, Tilbury and Aveley.
Volunteers are being recruited to support the development of hubs across Thurrock.
Volunteering can be a great way to meet new people and to give back to the local community. There are various volunteer roles available in community hubs such as meeters and greeters, booking coordinators, website/social media, providing online assistance on Thurrock Choice Homes/Universal Credit and much more.
If you would like to volunteer or have a few hours a week to help out, call Volunteer Centre Thurrock on 01375 389853. Local committees are responsible for what happens at their Community Hub. They respond to the ideas of their local communities about the activities and events that are run from the hub.
Examples of activities arranged by hubs include:
Arranging events so that local residents can learn about the groups and organisations that can support them and how they can support their own community
The recruitment of many local volunteers, some of whom have used their volunteering experience at the Hub to help them get permanent paid employment
Working with local GPs so that residents with non-medical conditions can be referred to the Hub where they can join community groups, develop friendships and become more confident and able to enjoy their lives
Support is given to a wide range of local people with form filling, support with on-line services and validation of documentation. This results in fewer trips into Grays – which is expensive for people with limited resources
Helping citizens to resolve queries with the support of their peers.