Children in the Chapel; Interactive Play

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Children in the Chapel; Interactive Play

Children in the Chapel; Interactive Play

Chichester Community Development Trust By Chichester Community Development Trust

Create and build an interactive play area in our newly restored & repurposed Graylingwell Chapel; an exciting new community hub to serve the rapidly expanding housing estates in North Chichester.

Chichester Fundraising stage

pledged of £19,231
days left

Pledges will only be charged if the project hits its funding goal of £19,231 by 17 Mar 2020

CCDT has an ambitious plan to convert Graylingwell Chapel, a significant community asset in terms of space, potential, aesthetic & location, into a vibrant community centre hosting a café extension, multipurpose meeting/ learning/ performance space & interactive play area – all in a stunning building that will engender community pride through the quality of the venue & delivery. The Chapel will nurture social inclusion and integration and provide a welcoming space for everyone, This project will deliver a free of charge interactive soft play area for young children & their families in our community. Aligning with the Chapel’s vision to support mental health and wellbeing, it will offer soft play, ‘empathy lab’ sessions building real-life empathy skills, sensory play & games. Jigsaw puzzles, audio stories, the books and activities will all link back to wellbeing. It removes all financial barriers to access & is within a short walk of 1500 new homes and the adjacent Swanfield estate.

What we'll deliver:

  • Install a range of equipment including soft play, tunnels, interactive play systems, books, games, tables & chairs
  • Provide free of charge access to the Chapel to use this facility
  • Support the project with a variety of sessions, workshops and activities in the Chapel for young children

Why it's a great idea:

Since Graylingwell Hospital closed in 2006, the site has been developed apace as mixed social and private housing – while central Chichester thrives, the residents flooding into estates in the north & northeast experience rising tension and a lack of facilities. A 2013 audit of community venues by CDC evidenced the distinct lack of suitable facilities particularly in NE Chichester where 1500 new homes will be built by 2024, with 750 already complete. The community desperately needs more opportunities to find common ground and to integrate. Community consultation evidenced young families on low incomes are keen to use the space for socialising with other parents & engaging their children in affordable activities in their neighbourhood. The Chapel’s interactive play area will engage young people in positive activities, support children & their families through free or low-cost programmes, promote health & well-being courses & activities.

Steps to get it done:

  • March 2020 - specific items and suppliers selected
  • November 2020 - play area installed in the Chapel
  • March 2021 - Chapel and play area open to the public

Critical to this project is sustainability. CCDT has developed significant detail regarding the likely activity & costs in the first two years of operation. We forecast that the Chapel, renovated as a community hub, will enable us to increase our self-sustaining funding streams & revenues by approximately £25K p/a in year 1, rising to a surplus of £83k p/a in year 5, covering all project running costs & continuing to fund activities, events & staffing; reducing dependence on external funders. Our business & delivery phase plans clearly identify the mechanisms by which we will achieve this; the three main trading activities will be the new café, venue hire & events. The increased operations of the Chapel will be managed by volunteers to assist in the running of the venue and its activities, and paid staff who will manage the scale up of activities. Income and expenditure figures in the business plan have been scrutinised by the CCDT Board & have been subject to a sensitivity analysis.

Location Chichester

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Chichester District Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £19,231

Slide, crawl tunnels, climbing equipment inc VAT - £9,000 (47%)
Bookcases and toy storage - interactive and with integrated play inc VAT - £5,000 (26%)
Seating and play tables inc VAT - £2,000 (10%)
Soft play equipment inc VAT - £1,500 (8%)
Books and literature inc VAT - £850 (4%)
Games and puzzles - £550 (3%)
Other - £331 (2%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Slide, crawl tunnels, climbing equipment inc VAT
Bookcases and toy storage - interactive and with integrated play inc VAT
Seating and play tables inc VAT
Soft play equipment inc VAT
Books and literature inc VAT
Games and puzzles
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on: We would use extra funds to buy an interactive wall mounted play system

Total £19,231

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