We have recently taken on an empty shop at 253 Queens Road to co-create a community led space. You can find out what's on via our online calendar here.
We are committed to co-creating a space where everyone feels welcome and able to fully be themselves. It will be run by and for local people, reflecting the amazing diversity and creativity of Park Ward.
The space will host a range of groups and events including Mom's on a mission, EnT Foundation / Afrikaniwa, Spotlight, Repair Cafe and more.
If you share our vision of community, connection, creativity, well-being, solidarity and equity, we would love you to join us! Information will be added as we decide. Please get in touch if you want to know more.
How will it work?
Visit the hub
Anyone is welcome to come along to visit the hub for one of the open activities or drop in sessions. You can find out what's on by visiting the space or on our online calendar. We aim for everything to be offered on a donation / pay as you feel basis.
Share your ideas
If you are a community group, or if you have an idea for something you would like to offer to local people in the space, come and tell us about it. We can help you work out the details, get set up, find a time when the space is free, and let people know about your offer.
Become a member
If you would like to be part of co-designing and running the space as part of our collective, you can join Halifax Unity as a member. We ask you to commit to being part of our decision making and feedback circles, and to share some of the responsibility for the space.
Who and how?!
Anyone wanting to help us set up and run this space can join Halifax Unity CIC as a member or supporter (no fee). We have funding to cover the running costs for 6 months (unless the landlord sells the place before then!). This will give us time to explore, experiment and try things out, see how it is to work together and if we want to continue.
Groups and individuals that want to use the space to run something for the community will need to agree to some basic terms and conditions for caring for and maintaining the space, and where possible make a contribution to the running costs. We plan to make the space free to use for the initial 3 months so that we can experiment, learn and get clarity on our outgoings. After that outgoings will be shared by us and our members through contributions, donations and grants.
After the initial 6 months we would decide as a community if and how we wanted to continue. This space may or may not be needed longer term once the Queens Road Neighbourhood Centre re-opens, depending on how that is set up.
We have experience in collaborating, creating group agreements and making decisions with large and diverse groups. This would all be part of our learning and capacity building to self-organise as community - part the resilience we need to move through these changing times. If that sounds interesting, get in touch.