In Islington, a Community Hub is a building that is accessible to all groups in the neighbourhood or area that it serves. It is a multi-purpose Community Centre providing a range of high quality and cost effective services to the local community, with the potential to develop new services in response to changing community needs.
A Community Hub will have strong working relationships with other local community services - for example, tenant halls/rooms, Children's Centres, nurseries, extended schools and faith groups. Community Hubs should be a base for outreach and signposting people to other local services.
A Community Hub will comply with current Disability Discrimination Act and Health and Safety requirements and be compatible with the latest environmental standards.
A Community Hub will be compliant with and maintain the VISIBLE standard.
Community Hubs also have a role in supporting Ward Partnerships.
To measure performance and maintain a consistantly high standard the Hubs currently follow these Key Performance indicators:
- Develop and deliver services that support one or more of the Council’s corporate priorities and the recommendations of the Fairness Commission.
- Develop a robust Business Plan to sustain the organisation over the next four years and demonstrate that governance structures are effective.
- Increase the number of Islington residents accessing the organisation’s services and develop new ways of promoting the organisation’s activities.
- Increase the number and variety of volunteering opportunities for Islington residents within the organisation.
- Achieve a recognised organisational quality mark – ‘VISABLE’ or equivalent.
- Establish Supportive links with small frontline groups in the area and help them to develop their capacity and reach.
- Demonstrate effective joint working with voluntary, community, statutory and private sector partners and participate in meetings of the hub network.
- Support the development of the local Ward Partnership.