Just before Christmas we were informed that our application to the National Lottery Community Fund for a grant of just over £44,000 to pay towards employing a part-time manager for the first three years of the Hub’s operation had been successful. 

The Community Fund supports projects that work to make positive changes in their community.

They like to see projects that can test new approaches to issues in the community, aiming to:

  • build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • help more people to reach their potential, by supporting them at the earliest possible stage.

The National Lottery is very demanding in the way that it has to be convinced that there is a need for the project, that the project will be well managed, viable and sustainable, and that it will deliver significant benefits to the community in which it operates. 

To come successfully through the process provides us with critical external validation that we are on the right track with our plans for the Hub. The feedback that we received was that ours was a very strong application.

The recruitment will start in January with a view to having our manager on board in March.  Initially we are planning on 25 hours per week.  Working with volunteers, the role will involve coordinating the efforts of all our volunteers, developing the range of support that is offered in the Hub, looking after the administration and maximizing the utilisation of the space.