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HILLSIDE HUB: New Abbots community hub offers important support services

 Published on: 25th October 2021   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A new community hub in Abbots Langley will offer employment, health and wellbeing support services to residents.

The new Hillside Community Hub, based at Watford Community Housing’s Hillside Hub, in School Mead, will offer employment guidance, skills development, health and wellbeing advice, plus plenty more.

It is joint funded by Abbots Langley Parish Council, Three Rivers District Council (TRDC), Watford and Three Rivers Trust, Watford Community Housing and Hertfordshire County Council.

Councillor Sarah Nelmes, Leader of TRDC, said the hub will offer a range of different courses such as the Ascend Job Club course.

She said: “The pandemic has impacted people in a number of ways, from jobs to relationships, mental health to money struggles.

“This new hub will pull together a range of employment, health and well-being services under one roof, making it easier for local residents to get access to the support and advice they need in a joined-up way.”

Julie Wittich, interim group director of operations at Watford Community Housing, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with our partners to provide this space so that a range of vital services and support can be made available to people in the local community, including many of our customers.”

The hub is a partnership between a range of charities including Herts Mind Network to increase understanding of domestic abuse and support available.

On Tuesdays, residents can access the Ascend Job Club or enrol on Ascend skill development courses. Whereas Wednesdays provide a range of health and welling activities with Three Rivers Healthy Hub.

Thursday afternoons will see a drop-in service being available for people experiencing or wishing to understand more about domestic abuse.

The hub which opened on October 20 will provide drop-in facilities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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