Wokingham Charity and Community Hub Has Been Officially Opened By The Mayor Of Wokingham Borough

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The Wokingham Charity and Community Hub has been officially opened by the Mayor of Wokingham Borough. Cllr Keith Baker MBE cut the ribbon on the new centre on Friday (28 January), which is the new home for 10 charities and organisations.

Wokingham Community Hub & Charity Hub

Wokingham Community Hub

He was given a tour of the almost 6,000 sq ft new facility in Wokingham town centre, which is at Waterford House and is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. It’s now open for drop-ins for the public to seek advice, help and support, while appointments can be booked by calling (0118) 228 0480 or emailing reception@vcshub.co.uk

Wokingham Community Hub

“It’s a pleasure to have opened this fantastic facility which will undoubtedly help hundreds of people from our area in the years ahead,” said Cllr Keith Baker MBE. “Our charities and voluntary organisations make a huge difference to our communities and our residents, having them all together under roof is a moment to celebrate. It was a joy to see the new hub and how it’s already making a difference to our residents.”

The charities now calling the hub home are:

  • Involve (which is managing the hub)
  • Cranstoun Wokingham
  • Home Start Wokingham District
  • Health Watch Wokingham Borough
  • The Link Visiting Scheme
  • Mind in Berkshire
  • Promise Inclusion (Pinc)
  • Wokingham Volunteer Centre
  • Wokingham Foodbank (moving in over the next few weeks)
  • Citizen’s Advice Wokingham are already located at Waterford House on the second floor and are also part of the hub

Last year, the borough council agreed grants and contracts worth more than £2million with voluntary, and community sector (VCS) organisations to provide prevention services to adults.

This will help deliver on the council’s VCS Strategy 2020-2025 priorities, specifically to work in partnership and build the capacity of the VCS, whilst commissioning services in line with strategic priorities that deliver quality and value for money. The Wokingham Charity and Community Hub is a key service as outlined in the voluntary and community sector strategy, agreed in 2020.

Waterford House has been reconfigured to create suitable office, breakout and meeting room space for the voluntary, charity and community organisations moving into the building.  This has included new carpets, ceilings and fittings and improved ventilation to some rooms in response to Covid-19 best practice.

Wokingham Community Hub

This new hub builds on the positive partnership developed between the borough council and the voluntary and community sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.  It brings several organisations under one roof and it will provide high-quality information, advice and support to enable people to access the right services to meet their individual needs and circumstances at the right time.

Cllr Charles Margetts, executive member for health, wellbeing and adult services, said: “Working alongside the voluntary sector in our borough is a clear priority for us, as we know it produces better outcomes for those who live in our area. This coordinated approach by the council with our voluntary community sector partners means those who need help can get it promptly from one place.

“Bringing these eleven brilliant organisations under one roof is built on partnership working over the last few years during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

As well as contacting the Hub directly, you can also continue to contact the charities in the usual way too: