Project information

Wesley Memorial Church Oxford Open Doors Phase 3

To improve significantly our current premises to meet the needs in Oxford City Centre of the elderly and those attending the Oxford PHAB Club, which provides an opportunity for disabled and able-bodied members to meet each week

September 2016 - January 2017

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    We have been meeting these needs over the last 30 years from premises that are now outdated and need radical improvement, in particular with easier level access. We welcome 54,000 people each year to our premises and need to ensure that the buildings are welcoming, hospitable and flexible. Our elderly users, many of whom are lonely and vulnerable, have requested that we provide additional facilities by providing refreshments on more days per week and a monthly luncheon club.


    This phase is part of a larger project in which we have already installed a Stairlift to give access to our first floor premises and created new meeting room space of 50 sq m at the rear of the Main Hall with a new kitchen of 24 sq m. This phase includes the provision of new ground floor toilets for women, refurbishment of a toilet for disabled people, a new floor to our John Wesley meeting room and refurbishment of the adjoining kitchen together with automatic doors to the main spaces

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To make our premises more welcoming, hospitable and flexible to meet the needs of the 21st Century


    » By encouraging easier access to our premises from the street including automatic opening and closing doors within the building
    » To extend the community services we currently provide as requested by our current users by providing services on more days each week
    » By providing additional and refurbished toilet facilities on the ground floor of our premises, including one for disabled people

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

  • Impact


    We will provide improved and extended premises and staffing to sustain and develop the outreach services that we have been providing for over 30 years. We will continue to survey the needs of our users to ensure that we are providing services in the most appropriate way.


    There is a risk that we may not raise the total funds required in the timescale. We will review any shortfall as at 31 December 2016 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: £116,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 Structure New toilet facilities for women on the ground floor
      £25,000 Flooring New floor to main meeting room including removal of asbestos lagging from central heating pipes
      £16,000 Sanitary Refurbishment of existing WC for disabled people
      £10,000 Kitchen equipment Supply of white goods, worktops and sink units to kitchen adjoining main meeting room
      £9,000 Access doors Provision of automatic opening and closing doors to replace manual ones
      £6,000 Professional fees Architect, cost consultant and structural engineer

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Own members £50,000 Guaranteed
    St Michael's and All Saints Charities £10,000 Guaranteed
    PF Charitable Trust £10,000 Guaranteed
    Local fundraising events £10,000 Guaranteed
    The Tanner Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
    Oxfordshire Community Foundation ( £4,500 Guaranteed
    Doris Field Trust £1,000 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 worldwide status, a survey by the University of Sheffield in 2008 revealed that Oxford is in the top 10 loneliest cities in the UK


    In 2008, our neighbourhood had an estimated 6,858 residents and 982 dwellings. The Indices of Deprivation (2010) prepared by the Office of National Statistics showed our neighbourhood to be 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)

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been providing community services in their present form for over 30 years and are well known locally for them. We provide these services with a combination of paid staff and volunteers. Our survey of 200 users (March 2012) showed 92% of those enjoying Wednesday Coffee were over 60 years of age and 70% come every week.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nikos Paplomatas

    Nikos is our Church Manager 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 30 years and is Chair of the Open Doors Project Group. He co-ordinates fundraising and planning.


Will buy new crockery for refurbished kitchen