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Become a partner of new community sharing hubs

PUBLISHED: 12:37 22 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:37 22 January 2018

A file photo of a community garden. Photo by Simon Finlay Photography.

A file photo of a community garden. Photo by Simon Finlay Photography.

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Community equipment hubs could be coming to Norwich this year with the help of local groups.

A file photo of a community garden. Photo: Steve Adams A file photo of a community garden. Photo: Steve Adams

Stuff Hubs, an innovative sharing scheme, could be the ideal solution for people organising community events who need somewhere to store equipment, such as litter pickers or lawn-mowers, or sound systems.

Norwich City Council is putting a call out for groups to get Stuff Hubs up and running, with a £20,000 pot to invest as a one-off funding opportunity and groups can bid for cash to develop a hub.

They are planning to get four Stuff Hubs at convenient points in the city and the equipment in the hubs would be owned by the organisation running the hub. The equipment will then be available for communities to loan or hire through a digital sharing platform.

To apply for a share of the funding an expression of interest will need to be submitted on how your organisation would set up and manage a Stuff Hub.

These hubs could be delivered by four separate groups working informally as partners or one group using multiple locations.

You do not have to own the space you would operate the hub from, you could be renting it or it could be somewhere where other activities take place. A space within an existing charity shop, a container in your car park or storage cupboards in a main room of a community building.

Councillor Chris Herries, cabinet member for safer, stronger neighbourhoods, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for groups to work together alongside us to create an invaluable resource in the community.

“We know people will have great ideas about how these can be fun, so we’re looking for creative proposals.

Anyone interested in taking part should email community@norwich.gov.uk by Wednesday, February 28, outlining who you are and what your organisation does, the location and type of space, and a rough outline on how you would deliver a hub.

For more information, visit www.norwich.gov.uk/stuffhubpartners

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