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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.

Background and History

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 affordable housing making up 40% of the housing provision.

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.

The Community Wing temporarily occupied an unused wing of The Pathfinder Primary School in the first years of Northstowe.  Northstowe Hub evolved out of the Friends of the Wing community group which was formed to support the Community Wing. The Community Wing closed, as planned, in the summer of 2022 as the primary school grew into the space. By this time the planned permanent community centre for phase one had not progressed as originally expected.  Northstowe was left without any dedicated community space. This motivated our trustees to come together to help ensure that the residents of Northstowe and the surrounding area are not socially isolated, and everyone in the area has access to the facilities, activities and community groups they need for their wellbeing and resilience.

Our Aims

To deliver our charitable purposes by ensuring that the residents of Northstowe and the surrounding area, and in particular those most in need:

  • Are informed about and have access to facilities and activities to improve their wellbeing.
  • Have opportunities to be consulted and engaged in the development and delivery of these facilities and activities, so that they meet the needs of the whole community.

Our 2024 Objectives

  • Promote the activities and community groups available to the residents of Northstowe and the surrounding area, through both physical and digital media
  • Help organise events and activities to promote a sense of community and belonging among residents
  • Work with key stakeholders to ensure a suitable management system and financial operating model is in place for the permanent phase one community centre by the time of building completion
  • Engage with the organisations planning the civic hub for Northstowe town centre.

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 Trustees

Our trustees all live in Northstowe and come from a range of backgrounds and experiences. You can find out more about each of us below.


Peter Cope


Jawad Nawash


Graeme Hodgson

Graeme Hodgson lives on Wellington Road and volunteers at the Community Lounge and Northstowe Market. He is passionate about community-building and celebrating diversity and inclusion, ensuring everyone in the community has a voice when decisions are being made. When not volunteering, Graeme works as an Adult Social Care Commissioning Manager at the County Council and is a father of 4, with 2 boys at Northstowe Secondary College.

Kathy Fountain


Hektor Marden