Introduction to the Community Hubs programme

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The Community Hubs programme is an exciting initiative from Redbridge Council working with residents and partners to bring services closer to the community, improve the quality of services and meet local need.

The Hubs will bring together different services across the borough such as libraries, children’s services and GPs, and provide a place where residents can come together and run activities.

The Programme aims to deliver five new purpose-built Community Hubs and a central Civic Hub in Ilford. Currently, the Council is progressing delivery of the Seven Kings Hub.



Locations

The Council will deliver six new purpose-built facilities in the following locations:

  • Seven Kings
  • Gants Hill
  • Hainault
  • Wanstead
  • Woodford
  • Ilford Town

The sites have been chosen following analysis to determine the most appropriate locations based upon ease of access, footfall and transport. You can view an interactive map of the locations here.

Working together

We want to co-design each community hub with residents, working together to shape, design, deliver and run six state-of-the-art hubs: integrated facilities that enhance and improve quality of life for local people. The Community Hubs programme is a chance to build stronger, more accessible Redbridge services and support, in partnership with our residents.

The process for delivering a Community Hub

With most development projects, communities are typically consulted once building plans have been produced, shortly before a submission for planning consent. Our decision to work with residents from the very start of the process can mean that it feels like it takes a long time to deliver a Community Hub! The timeline below shows each stage (based on the RIBA Plan of Work), including community engagement activity at each point (click to enlarge).

The Community Hubs programme is an exciting initiative from Redbridge Council working with residents and partners to bring services closer to the community, improve the quality of services and meet local need.

The Hubs will bring together different services across the borough such as libraries, children’s services and GPs, and provide a place where residents can come together and run activities.

The Programme aims to deliver five new purpose-built Community Hubs and a central Civic Hub in Ilford. Currently, the Council is progressing delivery of the Seven Kings Hub.



Locations

The Council will deliver six new purpose-built facilities in the following locations:

  • Seven Kings
  • Gants Hill
  • Hainault
  • Wanstead
  • Woodford
  • Ilford Town

The sites have been chosen following analysis to determine the most appropriate locations based upon ease of access, footfall and transport. You can view an interactive map of the locations here.

Working together

We want to co-design each community hub with residents, working together to shape, design, deliver and run six state-of-the-art hubs: integrated facilities that enhance and improve quality of life for local people. The Community Hubs programme is a chance to build stronger, more accessible Redbridge services and support, in partnership with our residents.

The process for delivering a Community Hub

With most development projects, communities are typically consulted once building plans have been produced, shortly before a submission for planning consent. Our decision to work with residents from the very start of the process can mean that it feels like it takes a long time to deliver a Community Hub! The timeline below shows each stage (based on the RIBA Plan of Work), including community engagement activity at each point (click to enlarge).

  • Delivery of the Community Hubs programme is overseen by the Community Hubs Strategic Oversight Board and the Community Hubs Programme Board. We are inviting applications from local residents and from VCS organisations to sit on each of these boards. 

    1. The Strategic Oversight Board will aim to ensure that the Community Hubs Programme is successfully delivered. 

    • The board will meet once every three months, with members committing to attend six meetings over a term of 18 months. Including pre-reading, attendance at meetings and follow-up/emails, it is anticipated this will amount to 4-6 days of time.
    • We are looking to appoint two resident representatives and one VCS representative (who will be joined by Redbridge Council for Voluntary Services - RCVS) to the board. Members will be supported to participate in the Board (further information about the support available is detailed below).
    • Although advisory in nature, the decisions of the Strategic Oversight Board will feed into  the Council’s wider Cabinet decision-making structures and processes. Performance, membership and approach of the Strategic Oversight Board will be reviewed regularly.

    2. The Programme Board will aim to ensure that the Community Hubs Programme is successfully delivered, advising, reviewing and signing off on activity in line with the Programme Plan.

    • The board will meet once every two months, with members committing to attend nine meetings over a term of 18 months. Including pre-reading, attendance at meetings and follow-up/emails, it is anticipated this will amount to 4-6 days of time.
    • We are looking to appoint two to three resident representatives and at least two VCS representatives to the board. Members will be supported to participate in the Board (further information about the support available is detailed below).
    • The decisions of the Programme Board will be in line with the Council’s wider Cabinet decision-making structures and processes. Performance, membership and approach of the Strategic Oversight Board will be reviewed regularly.

    Resident representatives will be offered vouchers to compensate for their time in meetings, in addition to covering agreed expenses.

    What do we want from you?

    You do not need to be an expert in Community Hubs or have previous experience of sitting on governance boards to apply. However, applicants will need to fulfil the following criteria:

    • Attend meetings, in-person and/or online.
    • Undertake reading before the meetings and follow-up actions from meetings.
    • Be committed to the successful delivery of the Community Hubs programme.
    • Act in line with the code of conduct and expectations laid out in the relevant Terms of Reference, and to the Nolan Principles.
    • Be politically neutral and not aligned with any political party.
    • Be a Redbridge resident and/or work for a voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisation based or working in Redbridge to apply. 
    • Recognise that Community Hubs Programme governance sits within and is subject to wider Council governance and decision-making structures.
    • Recognise that the Council may need to make changes to Community Hubs Programme governance, including its membership, and that its decision is final.

    Please complete this form if you are interested in being a resident or VCS representative on one of these boards.

    Applications open on Wednesday 2nd February. The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 23rd February

    A Supporting Information Pack with additional detail about the programme, these roles and the application process is available to download here.



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