Launching St Luke’s Hub in Kennington

CamillaOn Tuesday morning I was at the opening of the new St Luke’s Hub in Kennington, which was officially launched by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge.

It’s a fantastic project based on a partnership between Emmaus Lambeth and the West London Mission, which Lambeth Council have supported.

St Luke’s Hub provides a new community space, with a strong focus on digital and financial inclusion in Kennington. They host a range of projects and classes and work with a range of different partners and organisations. There is also an active Emmaus community attached to the site.

Lambeth Council have been working with Emmaus over the last two years to deliver our Emergency Support Scheme. Through this scheme, Emmaus provide good quality second-hand and refurbished furniture and white goods to residents in crisis situations. To help them deliver this service, we provided them with a disused commercial property in Brixton at a peppercorn rent, which they have now transformed into a fully-operating shop, their fifth in the borough. Emmaus service-users are fully engaged in running the Emergency Support Scheme through co-ordinating referrals and stock, assisting in the shops and driving the delivery vans.

The business gained by Emmaus through this partnership has IMG_0714helped them on their way to opening the new 27-bed community at the St. Luke’s Hub. We also supported this by providing Emmaus and West London Mission with a contribution to the capital costs of redeveloping the site.

With this support, St. Luke’s Hub is becoming a hub for a number of Council services as a key stakeholder in our Financial Resilience work,
such as Money Champions, Money Mentors and Digi-buddies.

The launch event was a fantastic celebration, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak about our important work together.

Find out more about St Luke’s Hub here.

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