Settle Community & Business Hub is a new not for profit venture operating out of Unit 1, Commercial Courtyard just off Duke Street in the centre of town.

The Hub is available for a range of different uses, and we want to create a focal point for community groups, charities, businesses and local residents to find out what is going on.

Our key activities will be a mix of:

  • Drop-ins for local information.
  • Hot desking for small businesses who have poor broadband and/or work in isolation.
  • Space for community organisations that need to do outreach.
  • HQ for North Craven Networking Group, Settle Timebank, Settle Soup.
  • Small meeting room and workshop space .
  • Once established we want The Hub to be one of North Yorkshire County Council’s list of ‘Safe Places’ for vulnerable people to use if they are out and about and need support.
  • Dales Radio is a new community station and they will be working closely with us and use The Hub as a physical base where locals can come in to do interviews for broadcast or leave info which can be promoted by the radio station. This is currently a volunteer run station and they will be active members of the Timebank so the aim is to encourage more people to get involved with both.

The Directors are Jo Rhodes, Sylvia Merrett and Ken Cox who bring considerable practical, personal and strategic management experience.

The Directors of The Hub have personal and/or professional experience of the issues faced by those who live and work in rural communities, particularly around health inequalities and caring responsibilities, where access to services can be difficult. We want to help address the issues of and rural isolation and promote social inclusion.

Jo has set up the North Craven Networking Group, Settle Soup and Settle Timebank, and, as a sole trader is aware of the economic issues faced by some businesses in Settle. Sylvia has a background in Voluntary Sector management in health & wellbeing, currently Chairs the Craven Mental Health Forum, is a Trustee of Craven CVS, and is a member of the Craven Disability Forum. Ken has significant strategic experience in the public sector in health and social care.  We feel this gives us a good knowledge of what is required to make this succeed.

Between us we have a huge network of local contacts so feel The Hub will help connect local people in a range of ways.

We have received some funding from Settle Rotary Club, The Craven Trust and Councillor Richard Welch through the North Yorkshire County Council Locality Budget scheme and North Yorkshire Police Property Fund. This money has contributed to our start up costs, training and workshops, furniture and other equipment. We are very grateful for their support.