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PRESS RELEASE - Community hubs to be introduced across Brent

Brent Council’s Cabinet has agreed proposals to extend the community hub model based on the successful Harlesden hub pilot. The decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting on 12 September.

Communities across Brent will benefit from the opening of dedicated hubs which will assist vulnerable residents to access services, seek help and receive support in using online services. Over the next two years, the community hubs will be rolled out in a phased approach to additional areas including Kilburn, Willesden, Wembley and Kingsbury and Kenton. The Harlesden Hub will continue to operate with extended opening hours.

The aim of the hub model is to work with residents who find it difficult to access the support they need through mainstream services. The hub model is focused on supporting people to help themselves and each other, working with them to solve their problems and build knowledge, understanding and resilience.

The hub offers a physical space enabling a range of local organisations and voluntary and community sector services to work together under one roof and provide a more localised approach. The hubs will also be a valuable tool in helping residents to get online and access the council’s online services.

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Lead Member for Housing and Welfare Reform said: “Its great news that the hub model has been given the go ahead by Cabinet. The hubs will provide the flexibility that has proven so effective, on people’s doorsteps, ready and waiting to help, support, and advise in a way that leads to real and lasting change. The hub model recognises the important role of local community and voluntary organisations in ensuring people can access information and advice and the support they need to help themselves. Connecting organisations and community groups and developing capacity within the sector to respond to changing needs is a key focus of the hub approach.”