Sad news, good news….
As Chair of the Board, I am passing on the sad news and the good news. The sad news is that our wonderful Coordinator over the past 3 years is leaving. Ros has a new community development job in Newham starting in August.
We are indebted to Ros for her work in building up and embedding Sophia Hubs and our community development approach into Redbridge community and business life. Her tireless and inspiring networking and nurturing qualities have been outstanding.
The good news is that Sophia Hubs is moving into a new phase. We hope to recruit for new paid roles late Autumn but in the meantime are offering volunteer roles as Coordinator, social media, marketing and admin. And Ros will join the Board with responsibility for green economy development and the Timebank.
We are going to miss Ros’s drive and enthusiasm but lucky she has agreed to join the board and continue her good work. We hope she will play a pivotal roll in mentoring her successor.
In the interim, if any one would like to volunteer for the Coordinator role or other roles, please free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The main Sophia Hubs email will now be email@example.com
Ros is doing a final weekly email update on Friday and by this time we hope to have set the date for our next business and community networking event and this will double up as a leaving do and ‘thank you’ for Ros
“I have absolutely loved working for Sophia Hubs on my patch doing the things I like doing: tapping into the good will and skills of the (business) community to help start-ups, building up all sorts of cross sector collaborations and practical ideas/solutions. I have met the most wonderful people in Redbridge. I am pleased to know that I will stay in touch as I live here and will remain involved with Sophia Hubs, but in a different capacity.My new job is in community development in Plaistow – supporting residents to come up with ideas and plans for green spaces. It’s part of a bigger community development programme and I’m looking forward to it. It should be a little easier and less pressured and give me new experience of things I can bring back to Redbridge.Also, at long last, I may have time to build up my mini business! I’ve learnt so much at Sophia Hubs that I’ve got no excuse but to make it a roaring success! ;). I haven’t touched the website for 3 years – but it’s here if you’re interested.