The Ideas Hub is friendly space in central Chelmsford run as a charity for the local community by the community. Our vision is to encourage, support and enable people to come together, share together and learn together – building a stronger, thriving and more sustainable future for Chelmsford.
We offer local individuals, groups, charities, clubs and societies the opportunity to participate in and/or host events and workshops by providing a range of classes and events and a venue which can be hired at a very competitive price.
We have a great Art cafe whose walls we use to exhibit art by local artists and where we are serving drinks, snacks and lunches at a competitive price throughout the day. We actively support Fairtrade, organic, and local options in the cafe, as well special alternatives including vegan, vegetarian, and ‘free-from’.
We are a registered charity focused on community and education, promoting art & culture, languages, music, and social & multicultural inclusion and awareness, etc in the community.
We are entirely volunteer led and run and our main income is from our Art cafe and space hire. We are lucky to have the generous support of High Chelmer to use the space in the centre of Chelmsford.
The Ideas Hub was started by Leonie Ramondt and Changing Chelmsford as an Ideas Festival café and venue on the 22nd of September 2012. Through the ideas and energy of so many generous people, especially co-founders Heather Hall and Yogesh Taylor who weathered the bitterly cold winter of 2012, the ‘pop-up’ space has has grown into what it is today.
We provide a welcoming, friendly flexible space, and you provide the ideas and the energy!