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Opening of new Woodley community hub

Opening of new Woodley community hub

17 February 2022
image of mayor and staff at the community hub with fresh fruit and vegetables

A new hub for the council’s community engagement team in Woodley opened this month at Emmanuel Church on Southlake Crescent. 


The community engagement team have been working in Woodley for several years, using a small office space and other community facilities to serve the community. By working in partnership with Emmanuel Church, the new hub offers a dedicated and flexible space where people can meet with the team and each other and get support. 


Each Monday afternoon, between 3.30 and 5 pm, there is a drop-in session, open to all, in partnership with Emmanuel Church, Share Wokingham, Woodley Lunch Bunch and Woodley Foodbank. 


The drop-in sessions allow people to come in for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat. They will be able to select items they need from a wide range of products, including fruit, vegetables, baked goods, cupboard essentials and cleaning equipment. Also available at the sessions are opportunities for primary school children to take part in activities such as arts and crafts and table tennis. 


The community engagement team works to sustain and empower people and communities, creating community cohesion and offering support and signposting to those who need it. 


The team works across Woodley, in homes and community venues, and the new hub will offer another space for people to go. Residents can contact the community engagement officers for support on a range of issues, such as housing, finances, raising a family and anything else that is affecting them.


The team also provide opportunities for people to engage in local activities and events, providing an accessible service to all. 


The new hub was officially opened by Wokingham Borough Mayor Councillor Keith Baker and attended by Councillor Bill Soane, executive member for neighbourhoods and communities, who said: “The community engagement team provide vital support in Woodley, and I was delighted to be invited along to celebrate the success of the new partnership with local charities, as well as to see the new hub. 


“Our community engagement officers have been delivering a fantastic service to residents of Woodley, and the new hub offers them the ability to go even further to offer people what they need, when and where they need it. 


“This not only includes groups such as the Monday afternoon sessions, but also is a neutral, private space for people to come and discuss any issues they may have.” 


If you live in Woodley, you can come along to the drop-in sessions on Monday afternoons at Emmanuel Church from 3.30 to 5.30 pm, or contact the community engagement team directly on community.engagement.localities@wokingham.gov.uk.  


Community engagement teams work in other parts of the borough. To find out how to contact your local team contact community.engagement.localities@wokingham.gov.uk



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