AY Group Community Services CIC (AY CIC) is a not for profit organisation which is planning to provide a Hub where people of all ages, cultures and abilities are encouraged to use the community facilities offered. The aim is to provide community cohesion and wellbeing.
The CEO, Mr Danny Barnes, is a dynamic and commercially minded leader who is actively researching all avenues of funding, local support and service users. He believes passionately, that the area of East London is in desperate need of Community Hubs to provide a safe, secure and pro-active set of services. The aim is to provide services that will promote social enterprise, training services, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities within in the local area.
The hub is looking at providing a cellular office opportunity designed to offer a "place to work" and a "place to learn". The service will be affordable and will provide a positive environment in which all age groups can work, learn and participate in business and social opportunities. The preferred arrangement will be a Co-Working model. This model will offer space for multiple occupiers in one communal space with seating on a first come first serve basis, although, occasionally there will be dedicated space. This model is typically used by one person or a small start-up Business.
In addition to office space, the hub will provide an array of services including a Coffee Bar. The CEO, Mr Danny Barnes is currently in discussion with a Branded Franchise and is hoping to secure a Franchisee status in order to offer an attractive Café’ which can be enjoyed by all the service users of the hub.
Once the hub has secured a long - term lease and has a more permanent home to operate from, it is anticipated that there will be some dedicated space to offer a function room. The room can be let on a day, hourly or half day basis and will be adequate enough to be used for Weddings, Family Celebrations and Conferencing. It is anticipated that appropriate licencing will be secured before offering such services.
AY Group (Acknowledging Youths) has already been very successful in taking referrals from the Department of Work and Pensions in order to assist young people get in to work. Whilst successful, the opportunity to formalise this arrangement with the DWP has arisen. AY Group is included in a "Framework" arrangement and can be formally accepted as an accredited service within the Departments referral system. The experience of Acknowledging Youths CIC gives them an advantage in being successfully awarded contracts. However, there has been some issues with the bidding due to wording within the generic application. This has recently been reviewed and updated and it is now anticipated that more contract awards will be issued. So far, Acknowledging Youths has been awarded 13 contracts which have been successfully delivered. The Hub will also be the operating facility for Acknowledging Youths CIC and for AY Group Community Services CIC and will require dedicated space in which to operate.
The Community Hub is also planning to offer a First Aid Training Course and is looking at Grant Funding in order to accommodate this. Other training services are being planned and AY Group will be bidding for contracts once the hub has been established.