Residents and community groups came together in Bow this afternoon to celebrate the launch of a new space for activities, classes and events.
The Bow Community Hub in Twelvetrees Crescent is the latest in a series of ‘community hubs’ to be built by Tower Hamlets Council. It will be managed by Poplar HARCA.
Councillor Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Air Quality and Tackling Poverty said: “It was great to join Bow residents to celebrate the launch of this fantastic new facility. Our communities are about so much more than bricks and mortar and these spaces provide the ideal place for people to come together to take part in activities and to form new friendships.
“Delivering this network of community hubs is all part of our ongoing commitment to ensure our residents can live healthier, happier lives while remaining independent for as long as they are able.”
The hubs have been designed for use by local community groups, voluntary and community sector organisations and local residents.
They are versatile, bookable spaces, designed to allow a number of groups to use the building at the same time. The buildings are all equipped with free Wi-Fi and kitchen facilities.
Guests arriving at the launch in Bow were greeted with a colourful art display created by students from Marner Primary School. The school is just one of a number community partners that will be making regular use of the hub.
Other organisations include Pinnacle Places, Clarion Housing Group, Spitalfields Housing Association, Hartbeeps (educational play for children from birth to five years old), Bromley by Bow Centre, Fit for What and Limehouse Boxing Academy.
Babu Bhattarcherjee, Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods at Poplar HARCA said: “This space has been empty for a long time so we are excited to be involved with managing the space and bringing it back to life. We have had such an enthusiastic response from partners and residents alike who can’t wait to contribute to offering services and activities to bring a new buzz to the area.”