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Project information

Open Doors - Wesley Memorial Church project

To improve significantly our current activities to meet the needs in Oxford city centre for the elderly, children under five with a carer and those attending the Oxford PHAB club providing an opportunity for disabled and able bodied members to meet each week.

September 2015 - August 2016

Charity information: Wesley Memorial Church Oxford Open Doors Project

Wesley Memorial Church Oxford Open Doors Project logo
  • Need


    We have been meeting these needs over the last 30 years from premises that are now outdated and need radical improvement and extension. We welcome 54,000 people each year to our premises and need to ensure that the buildings are welcoming, hospitable and flexible. Our main hall is used by a drop-in centre for the under fives (Rainbow House) that allows children with carers to play, have meals and use babychange facilities. Our current stage is inaccessible for wheelchair users.


    Our building project will enable our community activities to continue by creating a new 24 sq m kitchen to our main hall and refurbishing an existing kitchen, providing 50 sq m of new space for our users and 12 sq m of storage together with 21 cycle racks. We have already provided a stairlift to the first floor (February 2015) and plan to make internal doors self opening and closing for improved mobility for wheelchair users. The smaller stage will make that area accessible to wheelchair users.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To make our premises more welcoming


    » By encouraging easier access to our premises from the street

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by at least 10% more people coming through our premises each week.

    Aim 2

    To make our premises more hospitable


    » To extend the community services we currently provide as requested by our current users by providing services on more days each week

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by extending our current activities by providing refreshments to the elderly and children under five with carers for more hours per week.

    Aim 3

    To make the premises more flexible


    » By providing more space and better access we will be able to meet the needs of a greater number of groups and individuals than we do at present.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by our current (and future) users holding events and meetings in the premises rather than having to use space elsewhere

  • Impact


    Children under 5 and their carers will have a place of safety and fun; PHAB members have a base and a welcome; a club for the elderly have a place of conviviality and support; and 42 other organisations a place to (according to the January 2015 survey of our users) use. We will continue to survey the needs of our users to ensure we are providing services in the most appropriate way.


    There is a risk that we might not raise the total funds required in the timescale. We will review any shortfall as at 31 December 2015 and consider amending the details of the scheme to fit the total then raised.


    We will report to donors on an annual basis following completion of the project

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Structure Creation of the space for the new kitchen
      £20,000 Structure New upper meeting room of 50 sq m
      £15,000 Fixtures and fittings Cupboards and worktops,
      £15,000 Equipment Oven and hob, hotplate, fridge, freezer, dishwasher
      £10,000 Automatic doors Throughout Halls area
      £5,000 New stage area To allow access for wheelchair users
      £5,000 Professional fees Architects and Engineering fees

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Own membership £55,000 Guaranteed
    Garfield Weston Foundation £10,000 Guaranteed
    St Michaels and All Saints Charities £5,000 Guaranteed
    The Sandra Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    The Barnsbury Trust £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Oxford city centre welcomes students, shoppers, business people and tourists. Wesley Memorial is located in the heart of the city and therefore welcomes those visiting the city centre. Despite its world-wide status, a survey by the University of Sheffield in 2008 revealed that Oxford is in the top ten loneliest cities in the UK. Oxford has a high proportion both of young people and over 60 year olds and levels of deprivation are surprisingly high in these two groups.


    In 2008, our neighbourhood had an estimated 6,868 residents and 992 dwellings. The Indices of Deprivation (2010), prepared by the Office of National Statistics, showed our neighbourhood as most deprived in Barriers to Housing and Services, Crime and Living Environment. 'An oasis of calm in the midst of mad Oxford' (user of Wednesday Coffee service) and another user of the drop-in centre for the under fives, 'I wouldn't visit Oxford centre on my own with my child if it wasn't here'

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been providing community services in their present form for over 30 years with a combination of paid staff and volunteers and are well known locally for them. A survey of 200 users(March 2012) showed 92% of those enjoying Wednesday Coffee were over 60 years of age and 70% come every week. For the drop-in centre for the under fives with a carer, 74% were recommended by a friend. A survey of Hall users in January 2015 showed that 45 organisations welcomed our proposed improvements.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nikos Paplomatas

    Nikos is our Church Manger and responsible for ensuring that our premises are well used and well maintained.

    Derek Rawson

    Derek has been a member of Wesley Memorial for over 35 years and is chair of the project group. He co-ordinates fundraising and planning.


Will buy crockery for new kitchen

A stage that is accessible to allow wheelchair users performance space

Oxford PHAB Club