Project information

The building project

We need MORE space to convert the loft to run our Advice & Guidance Centre and foodbank

September 2015 - January 2016

Charity information: West End Impact

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  • Need

    Need

    We need more space and a confidential space to take clients for Advice & Guildance

    Solution

    It will mean we have much needed storage space and a place to take people who may be distress and in need of help

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a quiet relaxing comfortable space where people feel at easy to share their issues

    Activities

    » Convert the loft and create a private room and storage for the foodbank

    Success will be...To have the space fully equipped and enough money to maintain it and pay the utility bills


  • Impact

    Impact

    This space will mean that we can serve our community more effectively in the different areas we now serve and will also mean that we can expand the existing projects. It also means that some of the ideas we have had to shelf due to lack of space will now be revisited and new projects will be started. We will also have space for other agencies to work with us

    Risk

    The only risks I see are that we rely very much on volunteers and in kind donations for our projects - we don't charge for our services. We have survived so far for the last 12 years - we are also now qualified up to level 4 NVQ in Advice & Guidance

    Reporting

    On our website or via newsletter or email on facebook twitter

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £32,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 Youth Equipment Table Tennis table, TV, Sound system. Lighting, snooker table
      £5,000 Lounge cafe furniture Sofas, rugs, coffee machine, bean bags, lighting, pictures
      £3,000 Homeless project Washing machine, dryer,shower
      £7,000 Utility bills per year Electricity, Water, TV license, Insurance, Mortgage
      £7,000 Art group Conference/classroom Folding tables, paint, pencils, paper10 x laptops, Interactive Whiteboard. Projector
      £2,500 Stationery/Volunteers Volunteer expenses,Paper, printer ink, pens, envelopes, note books, files
      £5,000 Flooring concrete for floor levelling,carpet,wood floor, hard wearing floor for youth area

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Asda Foundation £15,000 Guaranteed
    Church Urban Fund £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    The location of our buidings is on a main road across from a main bus stop and public car park. Across the road is the areas health centre - We are in the West End of Morecambe which is known for poor accommodation, bedsits, unemployment, problems with domestic abuse, crime, drug misuse, and mental health problems. People have very little expectation of moving on and bettering their lives especially the young people aged 18-24

    Beneficiaries

    At the moment we have around 150 people each week coming into our shop, with the adjacent building we hope to reach many more. Morecambe used to be a thriving community and just to be a bustling seaside resort with many theatres and family entertainment. All the main attractions now in Morecambe have now gone and the centre seems to be just a Morrisons supermarket and Next and Homebase. We still have a beautiful bay with a lovely promenade but the heart has been taken out of Morecambe

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our organisation has been described as a bridge to other services in the area - we have found that many in our community do not engage with official organisations such as Children's centre, town hall, adult college, or other government organisations. We have a friendly atmosphere where everyone is treated with respect and equally - we work at grassroots level and look at the underlying issues that lead to some of the problems people find themselves facing ie breakdown in community, loneliness

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Gemm Merrick

    Our paid Youth worker is very proactive with the local High school and great at building up connections in the community. Is an excellent role model

    Emma Hamilton

    Trustee/Art teacher and heads up Parent cafe - she is very relational and brings many people in. She is very creative and has many practical skills

    Sue Crabb

    Works with homeless project.Worked for YMCA and is now building a bridge with them,she has a law degree and has great knowledge of the benefits system

    Councillor Margaret Pattison

    Is a great advocate and supporter and a great partner to work with for change in the community - we also work with her in partnership with the police