The Ideas Hub is proud to be a pillar of the Chelmsford community 


  •  2015Heart of Essex Community Award 
  •  2017 (March): High Sheriffs’ Award to recognise the valuable work with volunteers in the community 
  •  2017 (October): Mayor praise for Festival of Ideas 2017 “the festival of Ideas is a wonderful idea which helps to stimulate the minds of people across the City”. 
  •  2018 (August)Chelmsford chosen as a finalist in the Academy of Urbanism Great Town Award 2018 as a successful PostIndustrial Town. This success was directly attributed to the exceptional and outstanding local community work with the Ideas Hub Chelmsford and Chelmsford Civic Society recognised as the main drivers of this work. 
  •  2019: Shortlised as an outstanding Community Champion for Chelmsford  
  •  2019: Winner of the Essex and Suffolk Water Community Award 

 Cities can be places of sanctuary, providing warmth and a place for new and different identities to flourish.  But cities can also be places of isolation, of poverty, and of misery.  They can become places where innovation and creativity are driven out. Where the bonds of social engagement are attenuated and where solidarity is fatally eroded.  It is the depth and the breadth of social capital in cities that distinguishes the creative, lively, bonded city, from the miserable dystopia I have painted

Joseph Rowntree Foundation