A new and exciting space has recently opened its doors to the local community in the heart of Halifax town centre. Situated within one of Together Housing Group’s office buildings, the ‘Hub @ Bull Green’ was officially inaugurated by Newground Together, an independent charity affiliated with Together Housing Group. Newground Together has established a welcoming environment aimed at offering support and facilitating various workshops and activities.

During the grand opening on Friday, August 15, local groups were warmly received, along with Holly Lynch, Deputy Mayor for Calderdale and Member of Parliament, Councillor Sue Holdsworth, and Calderdale Councillor Silvia Dacre.

Visitors were provided with a guided tour of the facilities, located on the ground floor of Together Housing Group’s Bull Green House offices. The former reception area has been transformed into a bright and inviting hub for support and advice.

Community members can now seek guidance from experts in employment and energy to help them re-enter the workforce, acquire new skills, and receive advice on reducing energy expenses. The hub is comprised of three individual consultation rooms to offer direct, face-to-face support.

Additionally, there is a communal activity room where Newground Together teams will conduct various training sessions, advice sessions, craft groups, wellbeing sessions, and much more.

The experienced staff at Newground, known for their successful track record in assisting countless individuals in finding employment, identifying suitable training courses, and providing energy-related advice, will be available throughout the week.

The hub’s operating hours are Monday to Thursday, from 9am to 5pm, and Fridays from 9am to 4pm.

Emily Pearson, Community Programme Manager for Newground Together said; “We’re incredibly passionate about offering face-to-face support to the community as much as possible and having this wonderful, dedicated hub will allow us to do exactly that. We are keen to work with other local community organisations and to host their own workshops in this multi-purpose space.

“So far this year, we’ve supported 50 people with getting back into work, achieved 103 new qualifications and have delivered countless energy advice sessions but we’re not stopping there. This hub will give us the opportunity to keep doing more with the community, for the community, and our partners. We’re excited to see what we can achieve together from this new space.”

Holly Lynch MP for Halifax said; “It was great to attend the opening of the new community hub in Bull Green. Newground and Together Housing have created a fantastic space for people to get the support and advice they need as well as training opportunities for people searching for work. I want to thank Newground Together for creating this valuable community resource and wish them every success.”

Cllr Silvia Dacre, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources, said; “It’s great to see this new community hub up and running and supporting the Council’s priorities of reduced inequalities, thriving towns and places, and climate action.

“We regularly work with Newground Together as valued members of Calderdale’s Anti-Poverty Partnership, and also our Employment and Skills Partnership. Hub @ Bull Green will build on the joint work to help people into jobs, cut the cost of heating and powering their homes, and tackle the climate emergency through energy efficiency advice.”