Project information

The Tunza Centre, St Helens

We run a successful social enterprise based in St Helens - The Tunza Centre. We offer various projects & activities which engage vulnerable young people & their families. We are looking to develop a new outdoor area to create some extra space to run projects from during 2016 - a garden & play zone.

January 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: Tunza's Pride

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  • Need

    Need

    A lack of opportunities for families to spend quality time together at low cost to the families. Our current portfolio of activities are very popular and this new development would create further opportunities for families to engage in worthwhile activities adults and children can take part in based within a caring environment.

    Solution

    Our experience in delivering projects and running activities have helped tens of families since we opened our centre in January 2014. We need the extra space to provide even more activities. This project would offer us the space to create new projects in an outdoor environment & mean we can become even more diverse in our approach. Families are keen to take part in new activities linked to The Tunza Centre & creating an outdoor zone would enhance the volunteering opportunities we currently offer

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To offer all family members new volunteering and mentoring opportunities based at The Tunza Centre

    Activities

    » To create an outdoor garden & play zone from which we can run regular activities & projects enhancing well-being for children, young people & parents

    By recruiting families to oversee the maintenance of the garden area and developing a new mentoring programme to support newly recruited families.


  • Impact

    Impact

    We will be able to provide a new play zone located within a highly populated part of the town. We will also develop a self-sufficient garden area and be able to grow our own produce to use within The Tunza Centre. We will also be able to sell home grown produce at low cost to local families. Success will be judged on the time families spend taking part on the project and the number of families benefiting from spending time in the play zone.

    Risk

    Potential of vandalism - we have already installed CCTV cameras on site which overlook the designated area for development and plan to erect a high security fence with a securely locked gate access which is only available when families are taking part in projects or when The Tunza Centre is open to the public.

    Reporting

    Imagery sent electronically of activity work taking place. Offering donors the chance to visit the site at various development stages. Feedback from participants benefiting from the new development.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Security The erection of fencing and gates
      £1,500 Storage Purchase of suitable shed area
      £4,000 Planters High raised planters
      £5,000 Flooring Update of existing flooring to standard required
      £6,500 Equipment Essential equipment for garden and play zone
  • Background

    Location

    St Helens in Merseyside. We are based in the West Park Ward of the town but accessible to all parts of the town and surrounding areas

    Beneficiaries

    All family members, other community groups and charities, current users of The Tunza Centre and potentially thousands of local people

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are already running a successful social enterprise and offer many opportunities but lack of space is becoming an issue. With extra space we can confidently run even more activities. We also have suitable volunteers ready to help run and manage this new project. Our ethic of caring for others is always at the front of everything we do and offer.

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    People

    Ian Smith

    Overseeing the management of the project Recruiting suitable volunteers Working with other agencies/groups

    Mike Hornby

    Key volunteer spearheading the garden development side of the project Training volunteers within the garden areas

    Emma Jones

    Key volunteer co-ordinating outdoor play projects within the new play zone Recruiting other volunteer coaches and play workers