Thanks to our Lottery-funded Healthy Communities Together programme, Croydon’s Community Hubs are developing the capacity to achieve their full potential!
For CVA, that potential is measured by the number of people we support to become active in their community. Community Hubs are not new, but in Croydon they’ve taken on new significance - as part of Croydon’s recovery from Covid19, bankruptcy and the cost-of-living crisis.
Community Hubs are different – they might relieve pressure on statutory services, but they won’t replace them. The Community Hubs supported by CVA are transformational – they put communities in the lead, support people to become more independent and turn the traditional service-model on its head. Supporting Community Hubs is going to form a large part of CVA’s new 2024-30 Strategic Plan. We are looking to expand the network of Community Hubs in Croydon to create an integrated network of community-led hubs in every locality and create a Central Croydon Hub in the Centrale shopping centre signposting people to their local hubs and voluntary sector (VCS) services.
This means collaborating with our VCS partners who also work in an asset-based way to support the kind of neighbourhood-level social activities that underpin our Community Hub model.
Read more about our approach.in these two documents: