The Wokingham Charity and Community Hub, the first of its kind in the Wokingham Borough, took a step closer this week after planning permission was granted for its new home at Waterford House.
Based in Wokingham town centre, office space at Waterford House will now be reconfigured to make it more appropriate for the voluntary, charity and community organisations moving into the building.
And following a robust tendering process, refurbishment work is anticipated to start in June, and it is intended the hub will open its doors in September.
This new hub builds on from the positive partnership developed between Wokingham Borough Council and the voluntary, charity and community sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. The hub will bring a number of voluntary, charity and community organisations under one roof and it will provide high quality information, advice and support to enable people to access the right services to meet their individual needs and circumstances at the right time.
There are aspirations to roll out further hubs elsewhere in the borough during the coming years, as identified in the council’s voluntary and community sector strategy agreed in 2020.
Cllr Charles Margetts, executive member for health, wellbeing and adult services, said: “Receiving planning permission for the hub is a key milestone in this ambitious project. During the pandemic it has become clear that our residents have really benefitted from the coordinated way the council and the voluntary, charity and community sector have worked together to ensure people get the help and support they need locally. The hub will build on from this great partnership working and I’m delighted that the refurbishment work will start shortly.”
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