Hub receives financial boost

   • In it together: The Hub’s Knit, Natter and Craft Group.
• In it together: The Hub’s Knit, Natter and Craft Group.

Stone Town Council has made a four-figure grant to Stone Community Hub.

Following an earlier presentation by Hub manager Karen Wardell to Council members and the Town Clerk, its May 27 General Purposes Committee meeting resolved to offer the Hub a £6,000 grant in 12 monthly instalments of £500. The grant will be reviewed in 12 months.

“This grant will allow us to maintain our services and become self-sustaining,” Karen told the Gazette.

The Hub provides support for vulnerable residents by offering employment advice, health and well-being sessions, debt management advice, free access to computers and social support via a free drop-in café. Their Youth Café is open on Tuesday evenings.

“We hope to expand our services to young people by running a youth club and groups for parents with young children,” Karen continued. “An additional option is running a Saturday Farmers’ Market cinema club to enable youngsters to enjoy watching a film while their parents visit the market. Hopefully that would be a win-win for young families.”

Another possible source of income would be offering the revamped Hub as a meetings and events venue to outside organisations. A condition of the Council’s grant is the formation of a liaison group between the Hub and a member from each council ward.

“We are very keen to take part in the Liaison Group, which will help us address needs in Stone which we may not be aware of,” Karen stressed.

Stone Community Hub is the result of a merger between the Signposts Centre and the original ‘Den’ Youth Café, which was founded ten years ago.

“Our continued existence in the Frank Jordan Centre is one of the reasons why the Council had decided to support us, “Karen believes.

Another reason may well be the Council’s concern to encourage a stable tenancy of the Frank Jordan Centre, which it leases from Stafford Borough Council. If you would like to support the work of Stone Community Hub, there are currently three ways to do this, Karen explains:

1. Join the 20 or so ‘Friends’ of the Hub by pledging to donate any amount from £5 per month. (This entitles you to free coffee whenever you visit.)

2. Become a Hub volunteer.

3. Buy a £25 ticket for afternoon tea at Sandon Hall on Sunday, July 24 (tea is served at 1pm or 4 pm).

Tickets can be booked in person at Stone Community Hub, The Frank Jordan centre, Lichfield Street, Stone, by telephone to 01785 812417 or by email to manager@stonecommunityhub.org.

For more details visit the Hub website at www.stonecommunityhub.org.