Run by the community for the community
In a post-COVID time when people are reassessing their work and life needs, the management and use of community facilities in Elmbridge is also undergoing an important milestone in their evolution. Community groups are stepping up to take over the running of these facilities, supported and enabled by Elmbridge Borough Council.
- In Walton-on-Thames for example, Elm Grove hall is being run by Elmbridge Eco Hub, a non-profit community initiative providing access to a multi-functional space where residents can access a library of things, community fridge, repair café, small item recycling, community garden and seed bank, to name but a few - all under one roof.
- In Molesey, Vine Hall is a former drill hall now run by the Vine Hall Community Group and is home to several local groups and classes.
- The Lower Green Community Group is managing the Lower Green Community Centre and provides a welcoming community hub where local people can meet for a chat, take part in activities and receive help and support when needed. They run a café and community fridge, with surplus produce from local supermarkets, together with a number of other community projects.
Ian Burrows, Head of Culture, Leisure and Environment, works with community groups, empowering them to shape the use and management of these facilities:
“Enabling community groups to take over the running of these halls is important to a thriving and sustainable Elmbridge. These dedicated groups can provide facilities bespoke to their community, creating a valued resource run by the community for the community.”