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About Northstowe Hub

Our Background

Northstowe Hub evolved out of the Friends of the Wing community group which operated at Pathfinder Primary School. The Community Wing closed in the summer of 2022 as the school expanded, leaving Northstowe without any dedicated community space. This motivated our trustees to come together with a mission to ensure that the residents of Northstowe and the surrounding area are not socially isolated, by ensuring everyone in the area has access to the facilities, activities and community groups they need for their wellbeing and resilience.

Our core aims are

To deliver our charitable purposes by ensuring that the residents of Northstowe and the surrounding area, and in particular those most in need have:
- access to facilities and activities to improve their wellbeing.
- opportunities to be consulted and engaged in the development and delivery of these facilities and activities, so that they meet the needs of the community.

Northstowe is a new town, with the first properties having been occupied in 2017. On completion the development will consist of an anticipated 10,000 new dwellings, with so-called affordable housing making up 40% of the housing provision.

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Consistent with other new developments in South Cambridgeshire the population has a young demographic profile and continues to grow rapidly as new houses are completed. According to 2021 census data the population has a high proportion of families with young children; twenty eight percent of residents were under 16 and over one third fall within the 30-44 age bracket. A diverse range of nationalities, faiths and social backgrounds are present in the community.

Charitable Purposes

To further or benefit the residents of Northstowe and the surrounding area, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political, religious or other opinions by associating together the said residents and the local authorities, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to provide facilities and organise activities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and leisure time occupation with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the residents.

In furtherance of these objects but not otherwise, the trustees shall have power: to establish or secure the establishment of a community centre and to maintain or manage or co-operate with any statutory authority in the maintenance and management of such a centre for activities promoted by the charity in furtherance of the above objects.

Our Vision

Our vision for Northstowe is a town with community activities and facilities at its heart, supported by an active and integrated network of groups and organisations; bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together to address isolation and provide equality of opportunity.

Our Objectives

  • Begin promoting the activities and community groups available to the residents of Northstowe and the surrounding area, through both physical and digital media, by spring 2023.
  • Create a website and an active social media presence for Northstowe Hub, by summer 2023.
  • Consult with the residents of Northstowe, including already established community groups, on the key requirements of any community facilities, and provide this information to South Cambridgeshire District Council by spring2023 during the planning phase for the temporary community facilities.
  • Have both a management system and a financial operating model which can be maintained by key stakeholders in place for the permanent community facilities by the time of their opening in late 2025/early 2026.
  • Engage with the organisations planning the civic hub for Northstowe town centre to draw up a list of requirements for it to meet the needs of the community, by summer 2025. These requirements will be informed with data gathered from co-production activities within the community conducted over the next two years.
  • Recruit volunteers to aid in the continued provision of Northstowe Hub’s activities for a growing community, with an aim of 10 or more volunteers by summer 2024, and 20 or more by summer 2025.