1 July 2020
Bournville Hub has always been a place for community. Not only is it the HQ for Bournville Bookfest, but it is also a place for people to meet for weekly groups, including yoga, toddler music classes, Lego club, French classes, Rainbows, local history groups and legal advice clinics.
During the Covid-19 outbreak, Bournville Hub has repurposed to become a centre for Community Support rather than a meeting place. Working with Bournville Parish Church, the Light House food bank and Bournville Village Trust, the Bournville Hub became the base for volunteers and the Bournville B30 Covid-19 support group, coordinating emergency supplies for anyone in need in the B30 area.
The Hub team procured funds and grants to launch an emergency food delivery service. This included organising fresh fruit, meat and vegetables plus dry ingredients worth £40 to be delivered for free to shielding and vulnerable households every Friday during the crisis.
The Hub has also brought together grassroots community support groups. There are now over 900 volunteer Street Champions & Friends in Bournville, looking out for the elderly, vulnerable and Shielding Households. The Hub team helps to match up volunteers where their help is most needed.
The Bournville Hub remains a go-to centre for local advice, sharing resources and guidance, and continuing to signpost households facing redundancy or hardship as a result of Covid-19. The Hub team also helped to create and deliver a ‘Wellbeing Leaflet’ to 4,000 households, explaining what help and advice was available for those in quarantine, as well as tips for staying positive.
You can find out more about the Bournville Hub’s Covid-19 response on their website.