8 Jul 2015

New community hub opens in Chippenham

(Left to right): Diane Warren, GreenSquare's Community Involvement Officer; Moira Beagley, Ivy Hub Manager; Michael Best, GreenSquare resident; and PCSO Toni Brown

The Ivy Community Hub is now up and running, to provide a base for residents living in the Charter Road area of Chippenham to meet with housing officers, police and local support agencies. 

The hub, which has been set up by Station Road Baptist Church and Sovereign Housing Association, with support from GreenSquare, is located in an empty ground-floor flat in Royal Close. It will provide a base for local services and agencies to meet with residents, hold advice sessions, and run courses including cookery classes. The hub also has a 'digital hub', which is a computer enabling residents to access housing services online including HomeSwapper and the local council's website. 

The facility is being managed by the Baptist Church and Sovereign, with support from GreenSquare. This week, local residents were invited to enjoy tea and cake in the hub and find out more about the community facility.

Diane Warren, GreenSquare's Community Involvement Officer, said: "We’re delighted that the Ivy Community Hub is now up and running and we hope it will benefit the whole neighbourhood. We were pleased to be able to contribute £1,000 from our Community Fund, and a further £1,000 from our Neighbourhood team, to help cover some of the set-up costs, including the purchase of the 'digital hub', and will be providing continuing support for the facility. I have no doubt that it will quickly become a focus point for assistance and advice."

Michael Best, a GreenSquare resident who lives on the estate, came along to have a look round the new facility. He said: "It’s good that this has been set up here – I think people will use it.” 

Elsewhere on the estate, the Ivy Wildlife Garden is in full bloom and attracting a variety of wildlife. The garden has been set up by local residents, with help from GreenSquare, Sovereign and the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, on a small grassed area in the corner of the neighbourhood. A huge amount of work has gone into creating the garden, which has become a sanctuary for people, birds and hedgehogs alike, who have all enjoyed a spot of peace and quiet in the sheltered area. If you find yourself in the neighbourhood, why not pop by. 

For more information about what's happening on the Ivy estate, visit www.ivyvoice.net 

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