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How to become a Talk Community Hub

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Are you interested in helping people in your local community to remain well, independent and healthier for longer?  Why not become a Talk Community Hub?  They’re delivered by the community, for the community and are a great way to better connect residents with the services, groups and activities available in their local community or across the county.

A Talk Community Hub is somewhere…

  • People can meet and build friendships, helping to further strengthen local communities

  • People can access information, advice and signposting to local and countywide services, support, groups and activities

  • New ideas and activities can be developed, to further support independence and wellbeing in local communities 

A Talk Community Hub will be developed alongside existing community settings and strengths, such as village halls, community pubs, organisations, shops or centres, which are already at the heart of the local community.  Herefordshire Council will provide support to nurture and further develop these settings and strengths, to help meet the needs of the local community and enable residents to better look after their own health and wellbeing.

It might be that you already offer a variety of daily activities, a weekly coffee morning or monthly lunch club within your community, in which case being a Talk Community Hub could enhance this further, by incorporating more elements to help the people you support.

A hub would normally be run by volunteers from the local community, unless an organisation is responsible for the community setting and therefore employs paid staff.  The volunteers or staff would be trained to provide access to wide range of wellbeing related information, advice and signposting to local services, groups and activities, both within the community and across the county, to support people to live well and remain independent.

The benefits of becoming a hub…

If you were to become a Talk Community Hub, it would provide a number of additional benefits, including:

  • Potential funding of up to £2,500 for setting up and developing your hub

  • Free training for volunteers or staff (with access to further training opportunities)

  • Free additional promotion via WISH, which is used by over 30,000 people a year (1 August 2019 - 1 August 2020)

  • Help to make connections to support your hub and local community

  • The recognition of being a hub can help further growth and sustainability

Find out more… 

There is no ‘one size fits all’ model for the Talk Community Hubs, as they’re being developed to meet the individual needs of different communities, therefore each hub will be unique to its community.

If you have an idea for a hub, get in touch with the friendly Project Management Team at Herefordshire Council, because your idea might just be what your community needs.

You can contact the Project Management Team on talkcommunityhubs@herefordshire.gov.uk or 01432 383770.

To find existing hubs, take a look at the Talk Community Hubs page.