The NW7hub is a charity based in Mill Hill, north London. Created by a group of committed local residents, our aim is to create opportunities for meaningful social engagement and learning whilst supporting local organisations, businesses and developing community cohesiveness. Our ultimate vision is to build a vibrant community facility on the site of the Civil Defence building at 80 Daws Lane. Once open it will become a focal point for all, providing a range of activities and services to enhance the local area.
In April 2017 as part of this journey the NW7hub Charity was awarded a 10 year contract to run Mill Hill Partnership Library. We also took the opportunity to start developing Hub activities within the library building, creating a café and offering rooms for hire. Already a variety of hirers are providing activities such as dance and art classes whilst the NW7hub team run weekly community sessions. Together through the library and hub and dedicated team of staff and volunteers we can begin to see our vision take shape.
The NW7hub team comprises seven Trustees and a group of dedicated volunteers and staff who are all working towards a vision to develop community hub for Mill Hill and the surrounding area.
The Trustees and project team collectively bring with them a wealth of relevant expertise and experience including project management, community and property development, marketing and finance. Members are Richard Logue (Vice Chair), Paul Edwards (Treasurer), John Gillett ( also Chair of Mill Hill Neighbourhood Forum), Lloydette Bai-Marrow Zoe Samuelson, Chris Wong, Councillor Sury Khatri, Kris Jiwa and Katie Brown.
Our journey began in 2013 when a group of local people, experiencing the loss of a well loved garden centre which unofficially fulfilled a myriad of social needs came together to look at an alternative means of supporting the community. Close to the garden centre was a council owned building. The group, under the auspices on the Mill Hill Residents Association applied to register the building as a community asset. This was successful. We began working with Barnet Council developing design concepts and in 2016 officially launched the NW7hub charity. In April 2017, the NW7hub opened Mill Hill Partnership Library and in September 2017 secured the remainder of the building to develop initiatives and activities for the community. Currently the team are also working on the new building design for Daws Lane and the fundraising strategy to bring the vision to life.