Currently in the launch phase and due to open for business at 11a Finkin Street, Grantham, in January 2021, BHive is open to enquiries and partnerships.
Grantham BHive is operated by Elloe C.I.C., the innovation and trading subsidiary of South Lincolnshire Blind Society C.I.O. (charity #1182486), in partnership with the South-West Lincolnshire Primary Care Network (PCN) of sixteen GP practices across Grantham and Sleaford, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) mental health hub and spoke and neighbourhood teams and South Kesteven District Council.
BHive will provide a community activity, maker, and social space as a destination for social prescribing and host the local mental health spoke crisis café.
In addition it will house a technology innovation centre, business start-up incubator, and technology apprenticeship provider to stimulate high-skill, well-paid employment in and around Grantham.
Coronavirus Localised Online Crisis Coordination Hub
Elloe and SLBS are working with South Kesteven District Council, Lincolnshire County Council Resilience Forum Community Volunteer Coordination (CVC) hub, Wellbeing Lincs, the south-west Primary Care Network and LPFT neighbourhood teams, business and other community organisations to rapidly deploy the local volunteering hub and support service for vulnerable individuals for the southern Lincolnshire region including Grantham and surrounds. It will manage and coordinate volunteers providing vital shopping and delivery services to those having to isolate as well as receiving and distributing donations of food and essential supplies.
Additionally it will provide telecommunication facilities to enable local charity, community and social groups that have had to suspend their in-person meetings to combat the effects of isolation by maintaining contact via telephone, audio and video tele-conferencing, email, text chat and web-site forums.
Individual enquiries by potential volunteers or vulnerable people seeking aid should in the first instance be directed to South Kesteven District Council's contact hub between 08:00 and 22:00 seven days a week on 01476 406177 or 406358 or email SKCommunityHub@southkesteven.gov.uk .