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The Community Hub ran from September 2021 to September 2022 at Keyham Green Places in the heart of the Keyham community. For more details about how it supported the area visit here. Below is a list of events it organised for residents.
This is still ongoing. Every Monday at noon hot food is available from the Keyham Green Places Community Centre, 163 Renown Street. A marquee in the Keyham Green Places gardens hosts the lunchtime event and everyone is welcome to pop in for a winter warmer and a natter.
The Community Hub organised the first round of Keyham Community Sparks Grants funding. Working alongside POP (Plymouth Octopus Project) and members of the community this involved deciding which individuals, groups and organisations should receive funding for their projects to benefit the community and then it oversaw the distribution of funds. You can read more about its work and see a full list of successful applicants to the grants scheme here.
The Pop Up Community Hub visited a number of local schools, groups and organisations in a bid to engage with and hear from the community about what residents would like to see happen in the Keyham area.
On Weds, March 23, 2022 the Keyham Community Sparks Showcase Event took place in Gaynor Hall. More than 100 people came along to see performances and demonstrations and to find out more about the 37 projects funded in the first round of Sparks awards and discover what the second round had in store. Read more about it here and watch a short film about the event.
Other events at the Hub included: the Community Voice Voting Evening which took place on January 27th, 2022. Residents gathered at the 1st Keyham (St Mark) Scouts HQ in Knowle Avenue to vote on which projects they would like to see awarded money from the Keyham Community Sparks Grant. The grant was to assist individuals and groups to deliver projects and ideas to improve the community. Small grants were available of up to £500 and large grants were available of up to £3,000. The event on January 27 saw the community voting on which large grants would be awarded. Any residents who couldn’t attend in person had the chance to vote online throughout the week.
The Community Hub also helped organise Keyham’s first ever Community Christmas Tree. The official lighting ceremony of the new community tree took place on Saturday, December 11th, 2021 and it could be seen outside St Thomas’s Church in Royal Navy Avenue. Over the festive season residents were invited to place their hopes and wishes on the tree.
For families there was also a Superhero Halloween Event and Bonfire Night which attracted many families to Keyham Green Places. Schoolchildren at Keyham Barton Catholic Primary school designed posters on a superhero theme to promote the Halloween event and you can see the top three here. Congratulations were in order to: Ysobel (Year 5) for her first place ‘Super Pumpkinhead’; Arabella (Year 4) for her second place ‘Emergency Superheroes’; and Sienna (Year 4) for her third place entry ‘Happy Hero’.
Parents and children were then able to see an exhibition of all those fabulous, heroic photos along with live music and theatre, lantern making, crafty activities and the joys of hot soup at the Bonfire Night event where local superhero Mark Omrod judged the pictures taken for a best costume prize. To see photos from the event click here.
The Community Hub was supported by KGP, Wolseley Trust, Keyham Neighbourhood Watch and Plymouth City Council.