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Pembrokeshire Community Hub opens its doors

PAVS, together with their partners, Hywel Dda Health Board, Pembrokeshire County Council, Public Health Wales, PLANED, Volunteering Matters and West Wales Action for Mental Health are pleased to announce the re-launch of Pembrokeshire Community Hub following a successful a Community Activity and Wellbeing Day, hosted recently at Scolton Manor Country Park.

Over 35 organisations attended and shared their information with over 120 visitors throughout the day.

Pembrokeshire Community Hub started life as a Covid response for the County, based in County Hall and co-ordinating help for those shielding or isolating; the Hub ensured that citizens could access the food, prescriptions and the community services they needed.

The Hub took well over 10,000 calls and of these, around 56% needed more than one type of support. In recognition that community support for individuals is essential at all times, the decision was taken to create a permanent version of the Hub.

Now based in PAVS, Pembrokeshire Community Hub will be a single point of contact for those seeking information and activities in their area, for themselves or for a family member or friend. The Hub will also work closely with the hugely successful Community Connector project and manage referrals for that team. The Hub will be open to anyone who lives, works or, has an interest in Pembrokeshire.

To reach the Hub, you can call 01437 723660 or email, [email protected] you can also find and contact the Hub on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – search @PembsHub

Sue Leonard, Chief Officer of PAVS said: “The launch of the Community Hub signals our joint commitment to supporting active, resourceful, connected, sustainable and kind communities across the County.  We look forward to working with people, groups, businesses and partners to improve individual and community wellbeing.”

Elaine Lorton, County Director for Hywel Dda said: The Community Hub represents the very best of our Pembrokeshire people understanding, caring and connecting with each other.  It creates the platform to support all those amazing volunteers and groups who want to offer back to their communities.  The Health Board are pleased to be able to contribute and support the Hub and the network of Community Connectors in partnership with other organisations

Jonathan Griffiths, Director of Social Care with Pembrokeshire County Council said: I’m delighted to welcome the Pembrokeshire Community Hub to our county and am looking forward to see it grow and thrive over coming months and years. Whilst the COVID pandemic bought difficult times for so many, there were some positives and I very much see the Community Hub as being one of those.  Having supported so many people through the pandemic, it is now the right time to see it broaden its remit and become more embedded within our local communities. The Hub embodies two of our key strengths in Pembrokeshire – communities and partnerships – and I wish it all the best; it remains my view that the community hub is in very safe hands for a successful future.”

Lee Hind, Pembrokeshire Community Hub Manager said: “It’s great to be working on a project that everyone supports and knows will make a real difference to people’s lives. We hope to be able to find solutions for some of the issues people face within and across communities – there is a great community spirit in the County and this project aims to complement and enhance that.”