South Reading Community Hub celebrates its first birthday

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A community hub in Whitley has become an essential part of the neighbourhood within its first year.

South Reading Community Hub first opened its doors in June 2018 and is already a popular meeting place for a variety of different groups and provides a range of services for local people.

Reading Borough Council is investing £2 million in community hubs which bring libraries, children’s centres and community facilities together in one place.

Users of the hub joined staff and councillors to celebrate the first birthday of the public facility on Tuesday 25 June.

South Reading Community Hub was officially opened on 26 June last year following a major six-month renovation and expansion of the old South Reading Community Centre.

The hub in Northumberland Avenue includes a home for Whitley Library, an improved children’s centre operated by Brighter Futures for Children, Sure Start Whitley Day Nursery, community meeting space and a vibrant community café and social club run by the local community. Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) is also based at the café.

David Neale

David runs the Get Online Reading project, which uses a team of volunteers to promote digital inclusion around the town and help local people make better use of the internet. The Get Online team is based at Reading Central Library and does outreach sessions at other libraries and community venues around Reading. David also co-developed the RVA website.