It’s important to create a hub space that encourages people to relax and connect. A hub can be like a ‘home away from home’ – where people can meet together, make friends, seek help, learn and engage in fun social activities. Once you have the space ready, it’s important to make it easy for people to find. Schools can be difficult places to navigate, especially for first time visitors.
If your hub is not visible from the main entrance and there are no clear signs to help people find it, this could be a barrier to them visiting. Remember, the hub will change over time to reflect the people who use it, so the space doesn’t have to be perfect from the start.
Rydamere Public School Hub knitting helps women connect across cultures.
“When thinking about how to set up the space, check in with the school about what is available and your budget. Always also think about your past contacts, business associates or friends who may be in a position to donate unwanted furniture and equipment that could be used in the hub.”
It’s not just about decorating the walls; it’s about what’s within those four walls and how people feel when they enter the room.
Make sure people working in the school’s front office know how to direct people to the hub and always have copies of the hub timetable to give to parents.
First impressions count, so design your community hub signage to give people a positive impression of what they’ll find inside your hub.