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St Jude's Community Hub is a collaborative project to provide a warm, welcoming and safe space in the local community for people to meet and find friendship and support. It grew out of a community consultation facilitated by the Plymouth Octopus Project with 4 local GP surgeries, the local city councillors and members of St Jude's Church. The particular aim is to help people who suffer from social isolation and loneliness, who may need more time than a 10 minute appointment at the surgery. The Community Hub provides an unconditional welcome, a listening ear and free refreshments. We aim to offer activities and information that will promote health and well-being as well as build friendships and improve community cohesion.
We know that the local GP surgeries see many people who suffer from social isolation and loneliness, plus we have Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the local community, all of whom would benefit from accessing a place that gives an unconditional welcome, free facilities and a listening ear. This project is linked to the wider idea of having health and well-being hubs in communities across Plymouth.