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What will Vital Village offer?

Vital Village will manage and co-ordinate a range of programmes and resources that address health, wellbeing and sustainability. Examples include a Zero Waste Food Depot, Stuff Depot, Community Space Rental, Educational Workshops, an Eco-Shop and more.

Vital Village is in talks with local initiatives that could make use of the space on a regular basis and provide much needed services, such as quality wraparound childcare for families with children at our local schools.

We will engage with the community and call out for collaborators to support various programmes and initiatives. Your expertise and enthusiasm will move us all forward! Together, we thrive.

What is Vital Village?

Vital Village is a Community Interest Company (CIC) that will create a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable hub that serves as the heart of our local communities – The Dittons, Hinchley Wood and Weston Green.

We aspire to be the go-to destination where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities come together to connect, feel good, learn and thrive. 

Together, we thrive

Vital Village – our new Community Hub

Please join us to help shape the future of Vital Village and its community programmes. Click here to learn more

Where will Vital Village be based?

Vital Village will run from the Thames Ditton Centre for the Community – bringing life and purpose to this much-loved but under-utilised asset.

How will Vital Village be funded?

The main source of revenue for Vital Village will be room/space rental at the Centre. Vital Village will also seek funding from grants.

Who is behind Vital Village?

A small team of local people are working on Vital Village, led by a Thames Ditton resident.

Eg. Male/female support groups, networking, workshops and talks

Adults

Eg. Resources, workshops and events, parenting skills, child development

Family & Parenting

Eg. Recreational and educational activities, socialising and mentoring

Children & Youth

Eg. Fitness sessions, workshops, tea parties and social gatherings

Elderly & Senior

Eg. Fitness classes, mental health workshops, wellness resources

Health & Wellbeing

Eg. Collaborative projects, community events, volunteering

Community Building

Eg. Sustainable living initiatives, recycling and eco-shop

Sustainability

Eg. Festivals and events to promote understanding and respect

Culture & Diversity

Our Programmes

Get involved!

We welcome you to join us on this exciting journey of making a positive impact in our community. Here's how you can get involved...

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How did you first hear about Vital Village?
Open Day flyer through my door
Open Day flyer picked up from a library/public space
Social media
Friend or family
Local word of mouth
Other

1. Volunteer

Collaborators who are passionate about community engagement will be critical to Vital Village’s success. Whether you have a few hours to spare or want to make a more significant commitment, we have opportunities that will fit your schedule. Find out more

2. Attend our events

Explore our diverse range of programmes, events and activities. From health and wellbeing sessions to cultural celebrations and family-focused events, there’s something for everyone.

3. Become a sponsor

If you represent a local business or organisation, consider becoming a sponsor of Vital Village. Your support can help us continue to offer valuable services and initiatives to the community.

4. Share your ideas

We value your input! Share your ideas, suggestions, and feedback with us. Your insights help shape the future of Vital Village and ensure that we remain a community-driven hub.

5. Join the VV Club

Become a member of our VV Club and enjoy exclusive perks, discounts, and access to the Stuff Depot with no additional cost. It’s a great way to support our mission and our community hub.

6. Spread the word

Help us raise awareness about Vital Village by telling your friends, family, and neighbours about our mission. Follow us on social media, attend our events, and encourage others to do the same.

  • What is Vital Village, and what is its mission?
    At Vital Village, we believe in considering health, wellbeing, and sustainability in a holistic way. We recognize that true wellness encompasses not only physical health but also mental, emotional, and social dimensions. Our approach emphasizes the connectivity of these aspects, understanding that personal wellbeing goes hand in hand with a healthy planet. We aim to provide a comprehensive range of programmes and resources that address these dimensions, empowering community members to lead a balanced and fulfilling life while minimizing their environmental footprint. Our commitment extends beyond individual health to foster a sense of community wellness and environmental stewardship.
  • What types of activities will be available at Vital Village?
    At Vital Village, you can expect a wide range of activities and programmes, including kids and community building activities, an inviting community café with co-working space, wellness programmes, fitness classes, arts and culture events, sustainability and much more. We'll also collaborate with local groups to host a variety of events and workshops. There is huge potential for Vital Village’s activities – we will work with the community to understand what to focus on.
  • What does Vital Village mean for current users of the Centre?
    It is only natural that the possibility of change is unsettling for current Centre users. The Centre already is to some and can become a vital aspect of our community to many more. Vital Village has the ability to significantly unlock community activity and potential - we have been liaising with a number of individuals interested in hiring the spaces at the Centre, and they are that much more excited to do so under the Vital Village concept. From the start, it has always been Vital Village’s intention to embrace the current centre users and we would be more than happy to discuss with the leadership of the groups how we can collaborate (we already have been discussing alternatives with some). Most if not all current activities happening at the Centre are exactly the type of activities Vital Village would be hosting, so there is no problem whatsoever there. It would be nonsense if we were to try to alienate current users of the Centre. Vital Village is a community Initiative, we would just be facilitating it.
  • Is Vital Village a 'for profit' organisation? If it goes ahead, would that mean 'privatising' the Centre?
    No, Vital Village is a Community Interest Company (CIC). Our primary goal is to benefit the community, and any profits generated will be reinvested to improve our activities and facilities. A CIC is a legal structure in the UK designed for initiatives and organizations that have a primary goal of benefiting the community. CICs are considered a hybrid between traditional businesses and charities, as they aim to generate profits for community benefit while also addressing social or community-related issues. This structure provides transparency and accountability to the community, as CICs are required to report on their social impact and demonstrate how they are fulfilling their mission.
  • Is the future of the Centre less secure if Vital Village comes in?
    The most efficient way to secure the future of the Centre (even though there has been no indication that it would be in danger) is to ensure that it is a well-used and vibrant community asset. Vital Village’s model ensures that the Centre is financially viable and while the building would remain owned by EBC, Vital Village would manage facilities, operations, spaces, hiring, events, café, etc by entering into a long-term lease with the Council.
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