Community Hub for Keyham

Introducing…a Community Hub for Keyham

The newly-opened Community Hub will be welcoming residents from 11am to 4pm on weekdays at Keyham Green Places Community Centre (KGP) in the heart of the Keyham community at 163, Renown Street. (For a list of the variety of activities taking place at KGP throughout the week click here.)

Having moved into a space at KGP the Community Hub will host workers and volunteers from local organisations who are looking forward to meeting residents. They will be on hand to advise and listen to ideas for how Keyham can recover and strengthen as a community following the recent tragedy.

Debbie, alongside Tracey and Nicky from the Wolseley Trust, will be on hand every day alongside others and will be able to signpost visitors to the many professional support agencies for those affected by recent events. They will also be able to direct people to a range of community activities taking place in and around Keyham including: children and youth activities, exercise and social activities for all generations. 

The Community Hub is a new resource, and is keen to develop into what local residents want and need. Its first event, Community Voices Get Together, was held on Monday, 27th September at the 1st Keyham Scouts HQ in Knowle Avenue. More than 50 people attended and there were lots of positive discussions around future activities, support, networks and community spaces. To see some photos of the event click here

A variety of new initiatives and events are being launched over the next few weeks including the offer of free soup and crusty bread which has just started and will be available every Monday at noon. A marquee in the Keyham Green Places gardens will host the chance for hot food and a chat and all our welcome.

Schoolchildren at Keyham Barton Catholic Primary school have been busy designing posters on a superhero theme to promote the Hub’s Superhero Halloween Event (Sunday, 31st October) and the Bonfire Night Event (Friday, 5th November) which are taking place at Keyham Green Places between 5pm and 7pm.

The entries were judged by the Lord Mayor and you can see the top three here. Congratulations 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’.

At the Halloween event a superhero-themed Halloween Photo Booth is one of the activities taking place. Camper Obscura is offering to take a free portrait picture of youngsters in their superhero outfits. Parents and children will then be able to see an exhibition of all those fabulous, heroic photos along with lantern making, crafty activities and the joys of hot soup at the Bonfire Night Event where local superhero Mark Omrod will judge the pictures taken for a best costume prize. If that’s not enough the Wellbeing Warriors are hosting a special Superhero-themed session at Keyham Green Places on Tuesday, 26th October between 4.30pm to 7pm. It’s suitable for ages seven to 13 and costs just £1.50. 

This week we’ve already seen the launch of the Hub’s community themed drop-ins. These will feature different subjects and organisations and the first one, held on Monday, saw the Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) discussing Winter Fuel Advice and Support. It is followed on Monday, 25th October with Cuppa with a Copper, featuring the Keyham Policing Team, from 1pm to 2pm. Have a chat about what’s brewing in your area!

Also this week, the Hub launched the Pop Up Community Hub when it visited Keyham Barton Catholic Primary School on Wednesday afternoon to talk to parents about what is needed in the area. The Pop Up Community Hub plans to visit 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. If you are interested in the Pop Up visiting you then contact Debbie Burton at Debbie.Burton@plymouth.gov.uk or call her on 01752 306 521.

The Community Hub is supported by KGP, Wolseley Trust, Keyham Neighbourhood Watch and Plymouth City Council.

Contact us here if you need more information.