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We plan to open a Community Cafe serving light lunches, tea, coffee and cakes. It will be run by a group of volunteers from the local community who have already been identified and are waiting to be trained. Three years ago a survey of the local community taken during our Open Day identified two things the community wanted us to provide. One was a Community Cinema (which has now been running for two years) and the other was thr provision of an affordable cafe in the Centre which is close to a large housing estate.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The cafe will provide a space for people to meet, close to a number of homes where there are people who are lonely, on low incomes and socially isolated. We feel this welcoming facility will rejuvenate a supportive community spirit which will enrich the lives of the local people.
Steps to get it done:
The total project cost is £37,000. We have already rasied £28,400 made up of £18,000 in grants/donations and the rest from our reserves. We have used these funds to add a conservatory to the building to house the cafe and while we continue to fundraise for the equipment hiring the conservatory out to make further funds for investment in the cafe.
About the space
West Sussex County Council