Our overall vision is to make our faith visible in our community and beyond through
- Meeting needs in the community by providing children’s, youth and adult services.
- Creating employment and training opportunities.
- Providing a venue for local churches and organisations to hold events.
- Giving the Christian faith a ‘shop window’ at the heart of our community.
- Supporting the work of other charities.
- Leaving a legacy for next generation.
The success of our children’s services through pre-school, after school care and toddlers group has meant that, for the most part, the centre is set up to provide a ‘child-focussed’ environment. This means that it takes a lot of time and effort to make the necessary changes each time we want to host adult events.
The aim of the project, therefore, is to provide an adult environment in the form of a community café serving up to 40 people, open 6 days per week. The facility will be a separate single storey building (110 sq metre) built on the land adjacent to the exisiting Meadowgreen Centre.
The expansion of the Meadowgreen Centre in this way will reinforce the community focus of the area, which includes local shops, doctor’s surgery and a pharmacy. It will also meet the following specific objectives
- Provide a natural meeting place for all sections of the local community.
- Create a ‘fit for purpose’ venue for our monthly seniors teas programme and other adult events.
- Provide a drop-in facility for local teenagers.
- Provide further employment and training opportunities.
- Support future expansion of services in the form of a breakfast club and homework club if there is a demand for them.
- Supplement the range of services that are currently provided through the Meadowgreen Centre including the increase of our existing after school care service from 4 to 5 days per week.
Stage A (April 2012 – January 2013)
- Obtain Planning Permission for Community Café
- Raise 50% of building costs from supporters and local community
- Have a dedicated monthly income from donations to cover finance costs of mortgage or commercial loan
- Negotiate mortgage / commercial loan for other 50% of building costs
- Obtain Building Warrant
- Appoint contractor
- Commence construction
Stage B (December 2012 – June 2013)
- Submit grant applications
- Obtain local business support in the form of materials, skills and services
- Fit out interior
- Launch second fundraising appeal to meet any shortfall
Stage C (June 2013 – August 2013)
- Recruit and train staff and volunteers
- Complete set-up operations
- Open for businesProject Milestone
- Planning Permission obtained August 2012
- Current total raised is £31k
- Currently have monthly donations to cover loan/mortgage repayment
- Required information currently being collated and refined for Mortgage/ Loan/ Grant applications
Vision to action – Capital Costs
The total cost of the project has been estimated at £120,000 including contingencies and is made up as follows:
- Building shell + fees £72000
- Building fit out £30000
- Finishes, Furniture + Equipment £18000
Vision to action – Funding
The following income streams have been identified to raise the required funds
|Development fund / Fundraising||
|Local Business Sponsorship / help||
|Mortgage / Loan||
A strategy for the allocation of the different income streams has been developed with the aim to demonstrate visible evidence of the project as early as possible in order to create momentum for local fundraising and grant applications. It comprises the following stage
Stage A – Building and fees funded through Project Development fund / Fundraising (£36k) and loan/mortgage (£36k).
Stage B – Building fit out through Grants (£25k) and Local Business Sponsorship (£5k).
Stage C – Furniture and fittings through Grants (£10k) and Fundraising (£8k)