The community hub, café and shop at the heart of Clent in Worcestershire

About Us

A community hub with café and shop at the heart of Clent.
Clent Connect is a Community Benefit Society and was born from the out-pouring of community spirit and support during the Covid pandemic. In March 2020, the village pulled together to do amazing things – from delivering shopping and home-cooked meals to creating a telephone befriending service.  It brought the village together and showed how much enthusiasm there was for a permanent community hub.

The original vision and aim was and still is to “Provide the residents of Clent with a friendly, vibrant, socially inclusive community hub incorporating a café and small shop to create a focus and enhance village life”

The Board of Clent Connect, is made up of volunteers from the village who freely contributed their time and expertise to bring into reality the vision.

In addition, there is now a most amazing, and growing, team of willing volunteers who staff the hub, café and shop enabling it to be open 5 days a week.  

If you would like to enquire about joining our merry team, this page has more information about how to get involved.

OUR MISSION:

  • Be a catalyst for positive change by facilitating community activities and social interaction
  • Build a more connected community within the village with a socially inclusive hub
  • Increase intergenerational socialising
  • Reduce isolation and loneliness for the more vulnerable members of our community
  • Provide services not currently available in the village, such as essential/staple food items
  • Offer an essential lifeline for our older residents and those without cars
  • Improve mental health for local residents

Clent Connect Board of Directors:  

Bonnie Harvey, Chair

Kim Topham, Co-Chair

Fred Bourne, Treasurer

Neil Pearson, Company Secretary

Sophie Hancock, Marketing Communications

Management Team:

Operations Manager – Kim Topham

Hub Coordinator – Sally Stuart

Volunteers Manager – Mia Charlton

Café Leads – Carol Bates, Betty Garbutt, and Helen Jordan