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Community Anchors and Hubs

Community Anchors and Hubs

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Wakefield District’s Community Centres, as Hubs and Anchors, provide vital support to local communities.

The Hubs and Anchors align to the five ways of wellbeing and are responsive to emerging needs, such as the cost-of-living crisis.

This strong network of Community Hub and Anchor organisations aims to enable community centres to be the best they can at delivering social change in the Wakefield District.

The role of the network is to provide a platform for the development of ambitious and enterprising local community organisations through strategic influence, information sharing, opportunities for training and development, discussion and action to bring about positive social change.

We work with Community Hubs and Anchors in a number of ways:

  1. Community Hub and Anchor Meetings that provide peer support and information sharing
  2. Connecting Hubs and Anchors with the statutory referral routes (e.g. Early Offer, Connecting Care, Social Care Direct, Primary Care)
  3. Grants to Hubs and Anchors
  4. Specialist intensive support to the Warwick Ahead hub and the Kellingley Hub

Help at the Hubs

The rising cost of living is affecting many residents across the district from household bills and groceries to mortgage or rent payments. Help at the Hubs provides experts support through Citizens Advice, CashWise and Live Well Wakefield to offer support and advice to all residents through their local Help at the Hub venue.

The service is free to access and can offer support on:

  • Money – including benefit checks, debt and budgeting
  • Energy and warmer homes
  • Housing
  • Jobs and skills
  • Health

They can look at your situation and work with you to find solutions and support you in taking steps to improve things. The friendly advisers will:

  • Never judge you or make you feel bad about your situation
  • Always be happy to talk to you, however big or small your problem might be

Need to access the internet? Some of the Hubs offer free internet access, check with the venue for details of services available.

Help at the Hubs provides a range of other diverse support too including services for older and young people, food pantries, school uniform banks, cyber cafes, adult education, community cafes and school holiday clubs.

Find your local Help at the Hubs hub

Contact your nearest hub by phone or by dropping in during the hours listed on Wakefield Council's website.

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Rebecca Dunford
Social Prescribing Services Manager
Shannon Simpson
Service Coordinator
Caroline Sylvester
Service Coordinator
Adele Spaven
Social Prescribing Advisor
Gemma Naylor
Social Prescribing Advisor
Fareeda Mir
Social Prescribing Advisor
Dave Harrison
Social Prescribing Advisor
Gemma Newman
Social Prescribing Advisor
Helen Hackney
Social Prescribing Advisor
Janet Watson
Self Management Advisor
Paul Boyd
Self Management Service Administrator
Dawn Gzella
Senior Social Prescribing Advisor - Wakefield Health Alliance North
Callum Buck
Social Prescribing Link Worker - Trinity Health Group
Justyna Banks
Social Prescribing Link Worker - Wakefield Health Alliance Central
Andrea Vickers
Social Prescribing Link Worker - Five Towns
Mirban Hussain
Social Prescribing Link Worker - Brigantes PCN
Jazz Johal
Social Prescribing Link Worker - West Wakefield PCN
Sharon Kennedy
Social Prescribing Link Worker - Wakefield Health Alliance South
Katty Keyhani from Alzheimer’s Society
The Health and Wellbeing Board
Sharlene Featherstone from Second Chance Headway
The Health and Care Partnership
Amaina Elzoubir from One Ummah Community
Health Inequalities Steering Group
Ross Grant from Wakefield & District Society for Deaf People
The People’s Panel
Jenn Bravo from Turning Lives Around
Housing Health and Social Care Partnership
Steven Busfield from Empath Action
The Children and Young People’s Partnership
Anna Blight from Pontefract Reads
The Early Years Strategic Partnership Board
Chris Bingham from Pontefract Reads
The Early Years Strategic Partnership Board
Sanel Ncube from Young People’s Empowerment Project
The Wakefield Local Area SEND & Alternative Provision Strategic Partnership Board
Berni O'Brien from St George's Lupset
Early Help Strategic Partnership Board
Eleanor Bradbury from Rycroft Youth Centre
Wakefield Safeguarding Children Executive
Madeleine France from Blossom Training & Development
The Safer Together Partnership
Louie Stafford from Learnest CIC
Hate Crime Strategic Group
Lisa Kaye from Well Women Centre
The Safeguarding Adults Board and The Domestic Abuse Management Board
Tamsin Lim from Well Women Centre
The Domestic Abuse Management Board
Helen Oades from Rosalie Ryrie
Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Workforce Development Group
Dick Davies from Wakefield District City of Sanctuary
Wakefield Multi-Agency Asylum Meeting
Ali Robinson-Rowe from CoActive Arts
Learning Disability and Autism Partnership Board
Angie Callaghan from Alzheimer’s Society
Wakefield Carers Strategy Implementation Group
Duncan Smith from Trinity Church
Wakefield Carers Strategy Implementation Group
Angie Callaghan from Alzheimer’s Society
Jane Walton from Yorkshire Mentoring CIC
The Employment and Skills Strategy Group
Julius Olutokun from Dominion Training
The Employment and Skills Steering Group
Lucy Herrick from Turning Point
Wakefield Combatting Drugs Partnership

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