THE wellbeing of Barrow residents is at the heart of the Community Hubs project, which will see a network of four centres created in key locations.
All four centres will bring residents together and encourage users to make positive lifestyle choices by providing an easily accessible home for a variety of activities and experiences which are in the process of being developed.
The hubs will be strategically located to ensure communities most in need of their services can access the services they want at any time throughout their lives.
Three hubs will be created across Barrow, with locations in Ormsgill, Barrow Island and Barrow town centre.
The Forum in Barrow will provide a central hub, where work will be undertaken to enhance the existing facilities. It is also hoped the investment will drive footfall to the town centre, boosting businesses and the wider economy.
On Barrow Island the Bram Longstaffe building is being reconfigured as a Community Hub. In addition to the nursery the Hub will provide wraparound support for families and individuals, working with partners to provide services that meet the needs of the Barrow Island community.
The community hub in Ormsgill builds up on the well-known community spirit and partnership approach in the neighbourhood. The hub is at the heart of the community and brings everyone together.
These will be linked to the fourth hub – a new, multi-million pound outdoor learning centre at Earnse Bay on Walney, which will provide access for local communities to open spaces and education.
The Earnse Bay Outdoor Centre will be built on land presently owned by Cumbria County Council. Match funding is being provided by Natural England.
Local residents and school children have already been involved in shaping the process, attending workshops to discuss outline designs for the building.
Once constructed, it is hoped the outdoor centre will host activities and programmes to promote health and wellbeing, education, sustainability, the environment and green energy from its picturesque coastal location.
Planning permission was secured for the centre in March 2023.
The Community Hub project is linked to other projects in the area, including Eden Project North, the Morecambe Bay Curriculum for innovative place-based learning and Barrow’s Community Renewal and Levelling Up Fund bids.