Project information

The Coffee Bean for St Joseph's Hospice

St. Joseph’s Hospice is a registered charity in Merseyside, caring for over 200 patients with a life-limiting illness every year as well as providing care and support for their families. The hospice would like to transform a lodge in the hospice grounds into a coffee shop and meeting rooms.

January 2018 - June 2018

Charity information: St Joseph's Hospice Association

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  • Need


    A feasibility study is required before we can progress these plans as this would enable us to confirm if the building and surrounding area are fit for purpose. We would need to extend the building so that we can utilise the building for a range of uses. We need to engage a surveyor, architect and the local council planning team to advise us on our use of the site and the planning permission required.


    St Joseph’s Hospice needs to find new sustainable revenue streams, which the coffee shop will provide, as well as develop our site and increase patient and family services. We also need to raise our profile and give local people an opportunity to support their local hospice by using the coffee shop. We will also provide meeting rooms and a school activity room so we can engage with local business and schools. The feasibility study will ensure our idea is a practical solution and can be done.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    •To redevelop and extend an existing, but unused, building at the main entrance to the hospice.


    » By carrying out the feasibility study and taking on board professional advice as to whether this project is possible.

    What success will look like

    Our success will be when the project is completed and open

    Aim 2

    •To deliver a new sustainable revenue stream


    » Once opened our coffee shop and meeting rooms will start to deliver revenue for St Joseph's Hospice.

    What success will look like

    Success will be making a profit and seeing visitors from our vicinity, local schools, community organisations and local businesses use the coffee shop and additional facilities.

    Aim 3

    • To provide an activity room for local schools to use


    » We will use our links with local schools and promote our activity room to them for their humanities studies.

    What success will look like

    Success will be making a profit and seeing schools from our vicinity, and local schools, were we don't currently have a relationship with use the facilities.

    Aim 4

    •To provide business meeting space for local businesses and community organisations


    » We will use all our media channels to promote our meeting space and use our local relationships with business and community organisations to secure bk

    What success will look like

    Success will be making a profit , seeing community organisations and local businesses use the coffee shop and additional facilities and increasing our relationships with them.

    Aim 5

    • To improve services offered to patients and their families including our staff


    » This facility will provide another resource our patients and their relatives. It will develop our site and can also be used by our staff.

    What success will look like

    This project will deliver a regular sustainable revenue stream for the hospice, while raising its profile locally
    as well as an onsite facility for patients & their families.

  • Impact


    The coffee shop will utilise an existing, unoccupied building by turning it into a useful resource for staff, patients and their families. In addition, it will attract local people, community organisations, schools and local businesses. The activity room will be used by local schools for their humanities studies and give children the opportunity to learn about the hospice. In our surrounding area there is a shortage of reasonably priced meeting spaces for local businesses.


    For the Hospice it is whether this project is practical and the building and surrounding area are fit for purpose. To ensure as much as possible all risks are dealt with we are carrying out a feasibility study first. Before going ahead with securing funds for the build.


    We will provide monthly updates on the feasibility study as it goes ahead also promote this activity on all our media channels and in our bi annual news letter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Surveyer Providing professional services to survey the site
      £2,000 Architect Produceing plans for the facility
      £1,000 Sefton Planning Department Planning advice and planning permission
  • Background


    St Joseph's hospice has been providing palliative care for those with life limiting illness and their families for 55 years. We are a 29 bed unit one of the largest in the North West. Each year we look after over 200 patients. We are based in 23 acres of woodland in Thornton in Liverpool. The coach house is based at the entrance of our site and is the first building visitors see. Its an ideal position for a coffee shop facility.


    Our Coffee shop and meeting room facilities will appeal to a wide area of the general public in addition to our patients and their relatives. Local people who live close to our site and those from further afield. Local schools will be able to access our activity room. While local business and community organisations will use the meeting rooms and the coffee shop. Visitors will also be able to use the facilities we hope it will become a popular community and business hub.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity is best placed to carry out this project because it will be developing our site. We will run the coffee shop using our team of dedicated volunteers. It is in our best interest to make this project a success as it will be part of our estate and will be delivering a new revenue stream for the future.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mike Parr

    He is our CEO and this is his project