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We're Building Community

We believe in inclusion and want to serve the wider community as well as its young people to bridge the gap and help them feel more connected. We want to strengthen residents’ sense of belonging by creating a hub that is run by the local community for the local community.

Our Story

Lydney Hub was founded in 2017 by residents, united in a common effort to provide better facilities and opportunities for local people following the report of further housing developments being given the go ahead in Lydney.

Around that time a documentary called ‘Generation Screwed’ aired on BBC Three featuring a young man from Lydney who highlighted an issue in the town with disengaged youth. The community group realised that since the closure of the youth café due to lack of funding in 2015, there had been no other non-sport related activities or events for young people and so particular emphasis was placed on creating non-sport, creative activities to generate a sense of community and belonging.

Volunteers from the group rallied to rebrand the existing ping pong club that had been set up at Lydney Community Centre to the ‘much needed’ Lydney Youth Hub in February 2019, which over a year has gone from just 4 members to an average of 48 young people in attendance each week. But their home at Lydney Community Centre was only meant to be temporary as the Young People looked for a space that they could call their own.

Lydney Hub successfully secured a building in late 2019 from which they could run a dedicated youth centre and after obtaining full charity status, began a partnership with Hips Social to make the space sustainable and avoid having to depend fully on charitable donations in the future.

The next stage of the project is to begin renovations on the dedicated youth space which will be inclusive of input from the young people and will be steered by Lydney Youth Hub to ensure its co-designed and meets the needs and expectations of those using it.

The building will be multifunctional with workshop and art space, available to use by other community groups, charities and business. Lydney Hub are also currently exploring the possibility of hotdesking for those who are self-employed in the area and would like to work in a community environment.

Meet our Volunteers

Emily Timmins, Founder, Lead Youth Worker & Chair

Emily started her first business at just 24 years old. Winning ‘Best Digital Startup’ her media company won several awards and received two rounds of investment before being sold this year.

Emily founded Lydney Hub to help residents strengthen their relationship with their community and became specifically interested in how disengagement implicated the lives of young people. She later set up Lydney Youth Hub to provide young people with a dedicated youth space where they could take part in informal activities as well as experience new opportunities.

Emily is an advocate for all young people and works in Tidenham as a Community Engagement Youth Worker. She also works with Breathe Youth as a mentor, providing non-judgmental listening and support to young people aged 11-17.

Richard Robbins, Chief Fundraiser

Richard acts as Lydney Hub's lead fundraiser, his role includes researching and submitting grant applications and operating as main liaison to funding bodies, local authorities and other organisations.


Richard also has 13+ years’ experience as a youth worker in Lydney, he has filled the roles of youth worker, duty manager and manager, in charge of researching, designing and delivery of projects, liaising with the centre manager, trustees and other employees to maintain an efficient working environment.


He has also supervised other youth workers and volunteers, managing timesheets and invoices, carrying our daily risk assessments and session strategies.  


Carla Sterry, Treasurer

Carla is the Dispensary Manager at the Lydney Practice where she has worked for 18 years and previously worked for Watts Industrial Tyres and Watts Aviation. 

Whilst her children were at primary school, she joined the ‘Friends of Severnbanks’ and held the position of treasurer for approximately 9 years. 

Carla is a life-long Lydney resident and feels that her experience within all of her roles benefits her position as treasurer with Lydney Hub.


Philippa Bagley, Secretary 

Philippa (Pippa) Bagley moved to Lydney in 2017 and quickly realised she wanted to do something to help get involved locally.


Originally from the North East, she understands too well the challenges of areas without proper investment or support which is why Lydney Hub stood out as a great place to get involved with.

Originally starting out life as teacher, she ended up joining the army, before settling on a career in project management working for companies like Lockheed Martin and Deloitte.

She now runs her own company providing project management services and training across a range of industries including government, technology start ups and training providers, and is keen to bring her skills to support the Lydney Hub team

Phoebe Coleman-Wood, Disability & Mental Health Advocate

For many years, Phoebe has been involved with various services, organisations and charities, such as 2gether Trust, Action for Children, Leonard Cheshire (disability) receiving support but also as a participant. This includes roles such as being an ‘Expert by Experience’, a member of youth-boards and volunteer.

She has a wide knowledge of various support that is available and sees things in a unique way that is of immense value. She has personal experience of dealing with difficulties in her own youth, with varied education and social circumstances, her background is with mental health, chronic illness and disability.


Phoebe believes inclusion, awareness, acceptance, accessibility, communication and understanding is at the heart of community.


Sarah Taylor, Corporate Partnership Manager

Sarah Taylor Phillips lives in Lydney and is passionate about the town and the community. Sarah studied business and marketing at University and went to work in fmcg marketing on brands such as Clover and Quorn.


Sarah has worked in recruitment and headhunting, and cofounded a £5.5m interim start-up in Lydney in the mid 1990s. I see potential everywhere and I believe that
everyone can reach their potential.


I watched Generation Screwed in October 2017, and that’s when I became aware of Lydney Hub. I am excited to be helping them with their businesspartnership programme. So if you would like to come and partner with us, please email me.

Michelle Cutland, Safeguarding Lead

Michelle moved to live just outside Lydney in 2017 after a decade in Yorkshire, 8 years in Merseyside and 12 months in Uganda. She brought with her two children and a Husband who grew up in the Forest of Dean.


She works in the NHS as a Childrens Doctor with particular expertise in the field of safeguarding, child abuse and neglect.  She is the lead consultant for the Paediatric sexual assault referral centre (the Bridge) that looks after children and young people of Gloucestershire and the wider south west region who have experienced sexual abuse.


Michelle is passionate about children's rights and ensuring children and young people are heard.


She joined the Hub in 2020 hoping that her skills mix could be used to complement the rest of the amazing team to support and nurture the next generation of young people in Lydney. 

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