Top of Town Community Hub
About Top of Town Community HubTop of Town Community Hub (TOTCH) is for anyone and everyone as well as Top of Town residents. Situated at Parliament Children’s Centre, and partnered with Top of Town TOTS, a stay and play for parents with toddlers, TOTCH offers a warm and welcoming space for guests to sit, chat, laugh and joke and enjoy its food hub, food pantry and hygiene bank. All can access WIFI and IT equipment, connect with statutory and welfare representatives, and enjoy fun social activities like community cooking sessions, discos, gardening, a pre-loved clothes rail and arts and crafts. Hot, delicious food is offered on a ‘pay what you can, if you can’ basis and everyone is welcome at TOTCH.
Established in 2021 during the Covid-19 pandemic, TOTCH first began in partnership with The Long Table with a Freezer of Love, providing free nutritious meals to the local community. Much of the food today comes through FareShare with the support of the Network of Stroud Hubs (NoSH), of which TOTCH is a member, but local supermarkets readily contribute and TOTCH’s in-house gardener is working hard to produce more homegrown vegetables for the kitchen. This year, TOTCH hopes to develop outdoor adventure play in its wild area, “chop and chat” sessions and beginner yoga and other classes and activities. As always, TOTCH welcomes eager volunteers and people who want to lead their own activity. In the meantime, TOTCH will continue to follow its core value: a delicious homemade meal, shared with friends young and old, makes for a perfect day.