A NEW community hub, that will be home to dozens of services for people in Southall, was officially opened on Friday (18).

Catalyst housing group and Ealing Council have transformed 36 disused garages and an area of empty space on the Havelock Estate.

There is now a multi-purpose room, workshops, children’s play and learning spaces, a community kitchen, changing rooms and secure storage.

They will house a cycle hub for maintenance and organised bike rides, an environmental hub for community-led eco initiatives, dance and movement workshops, youth activities and outreach work, mentoring and tutoring, mental health workshops and wellbeing activities.

Three Southall residents will use the space to help ‘incubate’ their start-up enterprises.

The ‘Open Havelock’ project is funded by the Mayor of London.

An additional £97,650 was secured from Garfield Western Charity Foundation and the London Marathon Charitable Trust to improve access to the nearby Grand Union Canal.

This work will complement a £1m Wellbeing Way project already underway by the Canal and River Trust.

Catalyst and Ealing Council are re-generating the Havelock Estate and have built 289 new homes in the first phase.