The popular Monty’s Community Hub in Sholing has reopened this week following a £50,000 regeneration project to improve the centre’s facilities.
Located at the heart of an area of considerable deprivation, Monty’s Hub provides activities and community projects for people of all ages. A wide range of groups use the Hub throughout the week including several youth clubs, sports clubs, homework clubs, community support groups, church groups, as well as Mini-Monty’s (for parents & toddlers) and Monty’s Majors (for the over-60s).
The revamped Community Hub now includes a café style kitchen and coffee bar area, a new disabled toilet and a new bicycle workshop. The workshop will be fully kitted out to offer local people the opportunity to come in and learn how to repair, recycle and resell bikes. Young people can also train to become bike mechanics, potentially leading on to apprenticeships and employment in industry.
The re-opening of Monty’s Community Hub was celebrated with a community fun day on Saturday which was attended by local MP Royston Smith, Leader of Southampton City Council Cllr Simon Letts, The Ven Paul Moore, Archdeacon of Mission Development in the Diocese of Winchester, and Revd Greg Bakker, Vicar of St Mary’s Church, Sholing.
Speaking at the reopening celebration, Monty’s chair of trustees, Rev Jon Oliver said:
“We’re excited about the enormous benefit the redevelopment will have for our local community, groups and volunteers. As well as providing an improved space for our current users, we can now expand what’s on offer – giving us opportunities to reach new people in the area, and shape our groups and activities in response to their needs.
“For example, we already have several volunteers and other members of the community who are really interested in running cooking workshops, nutrition classes and parenting courses. Our new facilities will enable these great ideas to become a reality.”
Following the reopening, Monty’s regular programme will resume this week, and the Hub will be open every weekday morning from Monday 24th April until Friday 5th June for a community consultation, during which time people can have a closer look at the new facilities, and share what they would like to see develop in this improved space. For more information visit montys.org.uk