Project information

New and better premises for The Vine Day Centre

The Vine is for homeless and vulnerable adults. We are looking for new and better premises so that we can offer improved services to our clients such as showers and a washing machine. We have found a possible building but need funding to fit it out and, in particular, provide a new kitchen.

December 2011 - March 2012

Charity information: The Vine Day Centre

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  • Need

    Need

    The Vine currently rents premises at a church hall. We are only allocated a few hours use of the premises each day to deal with clients’ needs and there is inadequate privacy for counselling and other services. In our current premises we cannot expand the range of services to fulfill the medium term aim of our Business and Development Plan 2011 – 2013 of providing additional facilities such as showers and laundry provision. Office provision for the staff and volunteers is also inadequate.

    Solution

    A new building would enable the Centre to overcome the problems outlined above. It would also be possible to open for longer hours in the daytime and, subject to finance and staffing, to be open in the evenings and at weekends. It might also enable The Vine to give more consideration to providing “wet” provision in parts of the building. In larger premises over which we had more control we would also be able to work with other partners in the provision of training and employability skills.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To move to new premises and fit them out to meet the needs of our clients.

    Activities

    » Develop a Business Case for why we need to move and the financial implications.
    » Seek funding for the fitting out of new premises. Potential premises have already been found.
    » Negotiate a lease and rent level on the new premises.
    » Fit out the premises and move.

    Success will be a successful move to a new building which better meets the needs of our clients and is open for longer hours.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will enable us to provide better services to our clients and to improve our partnership working with other providers such as mental health services, addiction agencies and training and employability providers. It will also raise our profile significantly.

    Success will be demonstrated by the number of clients finding and keeping in work, reduced re-offending rates and individual successes relating to each client's individual circumstances, e.g. addiction or inadequate housing.

    Risk

    The main risk is that we do not raise the funding needed to fit out the building. We have dealt with this by not committing ourselves to moving, by not signing a lease and by working in partnership with First Wessex ( a housing association) and the local borough council.

    Reporting

    We produce a regular Newsletter which donors would receive. We would also communicate progress regularly by email and would invite donors to visit the premises to see work in progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £98,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £70,000 Kitchen Provision of new catering standard kitchen which could also be used for training purposes.
      £15,000 Refurbishment Other minor works to the building.
      £13,000 Fees Professional fees and building control.
  • Background

    Location

    Aldershot has a population of approximately 34,000 and is in the north east of Hampshire. The Vine also attracts clients from neighbouring towns in both Hampshire and Surrey. The growth of the town dates back to the establishment of the army garrison in the 1850s. The population in general is lower skilled and there has been a rise in the number of people seeking Jobseeker's Allowance. 2 wards in the town have areas of multiple deprivation.

    Beneficiaries

    The main people to benefit will be the clients but there will also be benefits to the volunteers and the staff through working in better premises. There could be indirect benefits to the neighbouring population in that better services for the clients might see reduced re-offending rates and a reduction in drug and alcohol related crime.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Vine started as a soup kitchen in 1987 and has developed gradually, but carefully, to its current position. It became a registered charity in 2003. It has a strong staff, an excellent team of volunteers and a committed and effective Board of Trustees. A move to newer and better premises would be the next logical step in its development.

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    People

    The Premises Project Group (PPG)

    The Board has set up the PPG to lead this project. The PPG includes staff, trustees, a volunteer and 2 representatives from First Wessex Housing.