Heights hub to be a hive of community services and activities
A vision for a community services hub at Singleton Heights will soon be reality with temporary office space moved onto the grounds of the Singleton Heights Sports Centre and a range of outreach services confirming their interest to be involved ahead of an official launch later this month.
Funded by $30,000 under Council’s Community Support Package, the arrival of the portable site office is the culmination of two years of consultation and collaboration by Singleton Interagency and the community services sector. Installation of the office space follows the Community Connect event held at the Heights Sports Centre on 16 January, which drew 412 people and 17 community organisations to share information and resources with the community.
In an indication of the success of the day, 92 per cent of attendees surveyed said they would attend future events.
Vicki Brereton, Council’s Director Organisation and Community Capacity said the Singleton Heights Sport Centre was the perfect place to activate the community hub with an aim to provide direct assistance to hundreds of vulnerable people and families over the next 12 months.
“The Interagency has supported the need for a community hub and Singleton Heights was identified as an area of high need as there are very few community services or facilities in the Heights,” she said.
“The hub will provide a single-entry point for a range of organisations to provide face-to-face direct service delivery to clients who live in the Heights area.
“The hub will address many of the barriers faced by the most vulnerable families, including lack of transport. And with many not having access to the internet at home, it was important that the hub not be virtual or just a service directory.”
Working closely with Belgravia Leisure, already 12 services have shown interest in using the Hub and more than 48 hours per week of services and activity are scheduled for the Hub and the Heights Sports Centre.
“The hub will be launched on Wednesday 25 March to correspond with the Community Network Forum, when there will be more information about what services will be available at the hub and when,” Ms Brereton said.
“We can’t wait to see the Heights Sport Centre buzzing with activity and services, and most importantly we hope to see people using services that are convenient, valuable and that will make a difference to their lives.”