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The Hive – Ushaw Moor Action Group

The Hive

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The Hive is a flexible place for people to meet, and facilitate a variety of activities and services for people of all ages living in Ushaw Moor.  These activities will promote health, well being, intergenerational activity,  access to services, social cohesion,and community safety.

The Hive will facilitate a range of activities which cut across all ages, and provide a dedicated meeting place for community activity, encourage engagement with key projects to continue throughout the year and provide a showcase for positive community action.

The building will support group provision for children, young people, and the elderly in the area.  The development of youth activities will promote intergenerational activity, social cohesion, health and well being, thereby engaging and strengthening the local community.

Project Objectives
We anticipate through the enthusiasm for the creation of a community focus that the provision of a dedicated community venue will promote the following activities:

Children and Young People
 The dedicated meeting place will support activities for young people based on need.

Support Out-of-Term activities

Evidence suggests that community activity should not be confined to the school, there are children and young people who do not want to go back to school for activities.

Older people
Provide a place for older people to meet and socialise.

The Hive will encourage and facilitate new community group meetings and activities.  Interest in local craft and arts group activities were requested at the public meetings.

The closure of Age Concern in the village presents the community with an opportunity to consult with elderly residents with regard to their current needs.   Planning sessions based on identified need will be organised with Age UK to guide future development.   Where possible we will work closely with existing services and their partners to improve, increase and provide the opportunities available to all the residents of Ushaw moor and its surrounding villages.

Increasing the volunteer base is an obvious challenge

Education
The new computer suite and associated activities will support workshops and programmes promoting intergenerational activities, citizenship, inclusion, tolerance and life skills.

The Hive will provide a base for the Ushaw Moor HAGGRID Community Garden project and support the training and workshop elements of the project.

It will serve as a meeting place and additional training venue for the Friends of the Community Garden.

Enterprise
With the support of local business we aim to encourage enterprise and strong youth involvement and through such activities capture talent, engage potential and empower young people to drive change.  The building will offer unique fund raising, work experience and, through linking with the community garden, future social enterprise opportunities, and in doing so serve to showcase positive community activity.

The potential to work with our local CVS to develop meals on wheels provision is also being explored.

Community Safety
The Hive will provide a much needed drop in centre for the Neighbourhood Policing Team. Facilitate PACT and Neighbourhood Watch meetings, supporting the promotion of our Village Watch initiative; including other voluntary organisations that need to deliver services at local level e.g. Citizens Advice Bureau.

via The Hive – Ushaw Moor Action Group.

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