The project to build a new £0.9m Community Hub in Raglan has reached another major milestone following the news that we have secured a Big Lottery (People and Places) grant.
Following initial consultations, the RVHA worked to demonstrate how the hub would meet local needs by submitting a business plan, full needs analysis and measurement indicators to secure £47,904 of Big Lottery funding critical for the next stage of the project.
“We have been working closely with the RVHA for two years and are amazed at their commitment and dedication to ensure the delivery of a much needed local resource. They are an inspiring group for any community and are thoroughly deserving of this funding.” – Paul Matthews, Monmouthshire County Council Chief Executive
The purpose of the hub is to involve people in community led programmes, improve access to services and reduce social isolation.
Our vision for the Community Hub is to create a modern focal point for local activity, bringing people together to improve our facilities for the benefit of all local residents.
We are delighted that the potential of the project has been recognised by the Big Lottery, and are very grateful for their backing. Thanks to the funding from the Big Lottery, support from Monmouthshire County Council, and the hard work of local groups, individuals and businesses, the next stage of this exciting project can begin.
Work will now get underway to develop the design details of a Community Hub on the site of theformer Junior School in the centre of Raglan, and to obtain full planning permission. We are planning further consultations to give local people the opportunity to be involved in the design of our Community Hub.
The finalised designs and planning permission will form the basis of further submissions to Big Lottery, and to other funders including the Welsh Assembly Government. We look forward to seeing our Community Hub develop into a reality, and hope that local people of all ages will continue to get behind this project, share their ideas and expertise, and really shape an accessible, inclusive community space that we can all be proud of.
Paul Matthews, Monmouthshire County Council’s Chief Executive expressed the council’s delight that the project was able to move to the next stage of its development: “We have been working closely with the RVHA for two years and are amazed at their commitment and dedication to ensure the delivery of a much needed local resource. They are an inspiring group for any community and are thoroughly deserving of this funding.”