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Project information

Wesley Mem Church Oxford Open Doors Warmer Welcome

To complete our Open Doors project by making our city centre premises more visible, accessible and welcoming for the community groups using our space, including those supporting the elderly, a drop-in centre for children under 5 with a carer (Rainbow House), and the disabled (Oxford PHAB club).

March 2019 - September 2019

Charity information: Wesley Memorial Church Oxford Open Doors Project

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  • Need


    With over 54,000 people per annum visiting our premises, we need to ensure that our entrance is more welcoming from the street (both during the daytime and evenings) and accessible to all. As part of our welcome and hospitality, we will be providing modernised and additional toilet facilities together with additional storage to support the increased use of our buildings as a result of completing earlier phases of our project.


    By constructing the Heritage Atrium, with its glass frontage, glazed roof and stone floor, we will be able to provide a more visible and level access to our premises used by many community organisations. The additional toilet facilities on the ground floor for women, and refurbishment of those for men, will benefit the many users of our premises. Replacing a timber shed, with a permanent store of 12 sq m. will give us a more efficient use of space throughout the building.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To make our premises more welcoming and accessible from the street (daytime and evening)


    » Building the Heritage Atrium with automatic glass doors, glass roof and level stone floor to provide a safe and well-lit access from the street

    What success will look like

    By users commenting in surveys and feedback that they have found the access much improved and more user friendly

    Aim 2

    To provide additional and refurbished toilet facilities on the ground floor of our building


    » Constructing additional toilet facilities for women and refurbishing the current facilities for men on the ground floor of our building.

    What success will look like

    By users commenting in surveys and feedback that they have found the new and refurbished toilet facilities much improved with shorter queues

    Aim 3

    To replace lost storage facilities following the Hall refurbishment with a new 12 sq m building


    » Build a new permanent storage facility

    What success will look like

    By being able to move furniture and equipment around more easily and free up space for other activities

  • Impact


    To provide premises which are welcoming, hospitable, flexible and long-lasting to meet the changing needs and expectations of 10% more visitors from the local community using our premises. To enable those in wheelchairs and/or pushing baby buggies to reach their destinations more easily and independently, complementing the automatic internal doors that have already been provided under earlier phases of our project.


    By not having all the funds in place to complete our Open Doors project - Warmer Welcome - at the start of the contract. If this were the case, we would modify the project to utilise the funds available or extend the completion date to allow for more funds to be raised


    By notifying them regularly of progress and inviting them to visit our premises following completion of the project, as we have done with earlier phases

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £282,378

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      Amount Heading Description
      £34,430 Substructure Includes demolition, drainage and external works
      £132,050 Structure Roofs, walls, windows and doors
      £30,000 Floors and ceilings Include stone floor to atrium
      £15,000 Mechanical Installation
      £29,000 Electrical Includes wiring
      £6,017 Fixtures and fittings Includes sanitary appliances
      £11,000 Fees Includes architect and cost consultant
      £24,881 Contingencies Unforeseen expenditure

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Own members £100,000 Guaranteed
    Methodist Fund for Property £110,000 Guaranteed
    Garfield Weston £10,000 Guaranteed
    Norwood and Newton Settlement £10,000 Guaranteed
    Methodist Insurance Fund £5,000 Guaranteed
    Sandra Charitable Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
    Doris Field Charitable Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
    Beatrice Laing Charitable Trust £5,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Oxford's population is 159,600 (Office National Statistics 2015 mid-estimate). 32,000 students are enrolled full time in the two universities. Oxford has the third highest ethnic minority population in south east England. Wesley Memorial is located in the heart of the city and therefore welcomes students, shoppers, business people and tourists. 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.


    In 2008 our neighbourhood had an estimated 6,858 residents and 982 dwellings. The Indices of Deprivation (2015) prepared by the office of National Statistics showed our Neighbourhood to be most deprived in Health Deprivation and Disability, Crime, Barriers to Housing and Services and Living Environment Deprivation (pollution being a contributory cause)

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been providing community services in their present form for over 33 years and are well known locally for them. We provide these services with a combination of paid staff and volunteers. We have provided space for Oxford Cruse Bereavement Care since 1978, who offer counselling and support at times of bereavement,

    Since the completion of earlier phases of our Open Doors project, we have entered into new partnerships with organisations including Aspire and the Archway Foundation

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nikos Paplomatas

    Nikos is employed as our Church Manager and is responsible for ensuring that our premises are well used and well maintained

    Derek Rawson

    Derek has been a member of Wesley Memorial for over 36 years and is Chair of the Open Doors Project Group, co-ordinating fundraising and planning.

This is an invaluable place for children and their parents; an essential part of the community and a safe haven for children and their carers. It brightens up every week!

Rainbow House customer (November 2017)