Community Grant Funds New Soft Play at THE HUB

Jaime Oliver, founder of community space THE HUB, managed to secure £15,000 through JoJo Maman Bébé’s Helping Hands Community Grants to fund a brand-new soft play area.

THE HUB was founded by Jaime in her late thirties. After moving to Nettleham as a single parent, life quickly became isolating with two toddlers to look after, so she turned her attention to how she could bring likeminded people together within the community to alleviate loneliness.

“The LCC saved 30 libraries across Lincolnshire at the time, and luckily Nettleham was one of them” Jaime recalls, “I asked if I could take the building on and put a business plan together, within 6 months it was agreed upon!”

6 and a half years later, THE HUB has grown substantially and is now a central location which not only runs various activities and workshops, but it also supports the community through services, jobs, apprenticeships, volunteering, local services, small businesses, community group start-ups; all with a preventative service against loneliness and isolation at its heart.

With the needs of the community always a priority, THE HUB and its board of trustees had noticed over the last 3 public consultations a dedicated children’s area was a high priority, with scope to provide activities and workshops for adults. With this in mind, when Jaime spotted the JoJo Maman Bébé’s Helping Hands Community Grant she knew she had to apply.

“The JoJo Maman Bébé grant came up so I put forward our business plan” explains Jaime, “they only shortlisted eight applicants and then the community had to vote for the winners, so it was thanks to our own community and their votes that we have been awarded the £15,000.”

“It was so overwhelming with how much support we had; it was unbelievable!” beams Jaime. She explains it isn’t just about a soft play area, but also the support that will be offered alongside in the form of workshops and groups to give the adults an opportunity to socialise and learn new skills while knowing their children are in a safe space.

The soft play area is hoped to begin construction in the new year, so keep an eye out for updates on social media and their website www.thehubnettleham.co.uk