Neighbourhood Hubs Annual Report reveals achievements
For Immediate Release
Maria Visocchi, Manager Corporate Communications
BRANTFORD, ON – On November 22nd, Councillors received a presentation outlining the progress made in the 4 years since the City launched the Neighbourhood Hub pilot program accompanied by an inspirational video showing how the Hubs have made a impactful difference in our community. The video can be viewed by accessing the following link: bit.ly/HubsVideo2016
The evidence collected continues to support the value and effectiveness of community building at the grassroots level. Now recognized as a provincial leader in the development and implementation of a “Hub” approach, our primary program goal continues to be strengthening family outcomes to ultimately improve neighbourhood prosperity in our city. For early Hub implementation, two initial project locations were selected in South Brantford (Eagle Place) and east of the city centre in East Ward. The program has since been expanded to include Holmedale as well as the implementation of a unique partnership with the Grand Erie District School Board with the 2016 opening of the Major Ballachey School Hub - one of the first city/school board custom built hubs in the province that delivers a wide range of programming to support school families.
“The Hubs program clearly show that when you bring community agencies together with committed volunteers and residents, you can create meaningful, positive change for families and neighbourhoods”, said Mayor Chris Friel. “The key is providing easier access to activities and services, delivered in the heart of communities, where people live.”
“This is about residents becoming more involved, service providers and partners working together in new ways, and children and families participating in social activities, education and health programs that are new to or growing in their communities,” added Lori-Dawn Cavin, the City’s Manager of Community Recreation Development. We are excited about what lies ahead for the thousands of individuals that will benefit from the evolution of these programs. Anyone interested in volunteering is welcome to contact me at 519.759.4150 ext. 5537.”
Since the program launched, over 11,000 residents have participated in over 300 programs and activities ranging from education, arts and culture and health and wellness.
About the Neighbourhood Hubs Pilot Program
The Neighbourhood Hubs initiative focuses on programs to help children improve literacy, physical health, and artistic expression. Examples include Read On, Random Acts of Play, and Maker Days. Weekly nutrition programs such as Get Cooking have also been established. The Hubs have also developed online and in-person channels of communication to share ideas, celebrate accomplishments, and promote community health. Finally, the Hubs have created opportunities to bring the community together around events like summer festivals and movies and music in the park.
The Neighbourhood Hubs have been an essential piece of the Safe Brantford and Smart Brantford strategies by providing opportunities to engage residents in projects that improve community safety, digital access and lifelong learning. Through the Safe Brantford Strategy over one thousand Hub residents have been involved in community safety activities including focus groups, surveys, community ‘chats’ with crime prevention experts and Safe Brantford awareness events. The result has been a renewed focus on community safety in which residents play a key role in addressing the root causes of crime by helping identify issues and work collaboratively with the Safe Brantford Office to develop long-term solutions.
There have also been notable Smart Brantford achievements in the Hub neighbourhoods, with four new digital spaces established in the past year, each providing computer and internet access, digital literacy training and opportunities for residents to experience new technology, with a long-term goal of increasing the digital skills and educational levels of residents.
Manager, Corporate Communications
City of Brantford
Office: 519.759.4222. ext. 5754 | Cell: 519.732.9305