H&F opens a new community Family Hub in Old Oak

Hammersmith & Fulham launched their third Family Hub this week with the help of residents and local partners.

Cllr Sanderson (centre) and Cllr Quigley (second from left) cut the ribbon at Family Hub Old Oak Community Centre with residents and partners

The new hub, opened at Old Oak Community and Children’s Centre in Braybrook Street, adds to the popular services already on offer including bingo, Friendship Club (over 60s), and IT Training sessions.

“I’d not been to one of the Hubs before, but I’d definitely come back,” said May, new mum to her five-month-old son.

“I’m the first of my friends to have a baby, and he’s my first, but I’ll be recommending it to each of them when it’s their time. I’ll take all the support and socialising we can get.”

See photos of the launch here.

Local parents will now also be able to attend antenatal checks by midwives, join baby massage classes and breast-feeding support, and take their under-fives to the learn and play group.

There’s also lots on for older residents, including drop-in employment career support, English classes, gardening workshops with the Hammersmith Community Gardens Association, and a monthly H&F housing surgery.

Grand opening

On launch day local partners including the Old Oak Resident Association, Safe Families, Lumi Foundation and For Brian CIC each had staff on hand to talk to residents about their services.

There was also the chance to make guacamole with Punkey Cooks, play football with QPR and chase bubbles with Wiggle Waggle.

They were joined by Cllr Alex Sanderson, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education, and Cllr Patricia Quigley, Mayor of H&F, who helped our youngest visitors declare the hub ‘open’ with a ribbon cutting.

A community of Hubs

H&F now has three Family Hubs across the borough – each designed to be a one stop shop of help and support for residents and their families.

Our other two hubs are Family Hub Tudor Rose Community Centre in Fulham Court and Family Hub Stephen Wiltshire Centre in Queensmill Road.

They’ve been shaped by our Family Voices panel – a group of residents who meet with H&F Council to feedback and discuss how we can improve the hubs. You can join the panel here.

Each hub is open to local residents and offer free or low-cost support inside and outside of term time.

The Stephen Wiltshire hub specialises in support services for families with children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Find out more about our local SEND offer here.

Or explore everything our Family Hubs have to offer on our Family Hub website.

Little girl joins guacamole cooking class

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