Clent Community Hub

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Clent Community Hub

Clent Connect By Clent Connect

Our idea is for a village hub in Clent that will become a lynchpin of community life. A catalyst for good, a central source of local information and a place that people can pop in anytime for a cuppa.

Clent Idea stage

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Our plan is to create “Clent Connect” – a Community Hub and café with a small shop in the village of Clent in Worcestershire. "Clent Connect" will be a long-term legacy of Covid-19, building on the fantastic community support and engagement that occurred during lockdown, with the continuing need for this identified in a recent community survey where 95% of respondents said they strongly or very strongly supported the concept. Once "Clent Connect" is in place there will be a physical building in the center of Clent providing a place for all community members to meet. Isolation and loneliness in the community will have reduced and there will be much more inter-generational socializing. Under the management of a paid member of staff and a team of volunteers the café and shop will create a small surplus which will be reinvested in the hub and community, thus ensuring the sustainability of this project

What we'll deliver:

  • Purchase a 36sq m. portacabin style building, delivered, erected, clad and connected to all mains services
  • Internally fit portacabin so fit for purpose as community hub, cafe and shop
  • Set up costs for project, including marketing and selling community shares
  • Staff costs - including employment of paid manager (3 days a week) and training of volunteers
  • Provide an outside seating area for cafe customers

Why it's a great idea:

Having recently completed a community engagement survey of all households in the village, the support for a Community Hub has been overwhelming with 95% of completed surveys strongly or very strongly supporting the project. The key benefits, as identified by the residents, are improved mental health and wellbeing, reduced isolation and loneliness and more opportunities for intergenerational socializing. Plans for the 'Clent Hub' include: - A place to meet for a chat - A community café - A small shop for essentials and seasonal fresh produce - A community repair hub - A central source of local information - A parcel delivery pick-up point - Young people's network - Arranged days out -Community surgeries -Volunteer local 'taxi' service The expectation is that the hub with cafe and shop will facilitate community activities in the village and be a catalyst for positive change for all residents.

Steps to get it done:

  • Set up Steering Team
  • Complete Community Engagement Survey
  • Decide on legal structure (CBS) and issue shares
  • Link with Plunkett Foundation to get guidance and support
  • Work with Parish Council and District Council to ensure alignment and support
  • Calculate detailed business plan and set up cost
  • Pitch for funding (Spacehive/Worcester Crowdfunding)
  • Decide on final location of hub and apply for planning permission
  • Procure building and prepare site
  • Hold community update and engagement session
  • Employ staff member and Train volunteers
  • Prepare and open hub site
  • Launch / opening party (covid permitting)

A key learning during covid-19 was that Clent residents really want to 'give back' and volunteer, and the opportunity to do this will be provided by the hub, cafe and shop. A paid manager will oversee the activity of the hub and manage the volunteers (thus creating employment for one person at the outset). A key intention is to reduce isolation and loneliness and this will be done by encouraging activity by age group (elderly and young) and also intergenerational meet-ups. We obviously need to ensure the project is sustainable in the long term so have linked strongly with the Plunkett Foundation for their valuable advice on setting up community projects (including the optimum legal model). As part of community consultation we have worked closely with both the Parish and District Councils, and have their full support to proceed with the project plan.

Location Clent

About the space

Custom Location

Council

Bromsgrove District Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £43,388

7.2m x 6m refurbished modular portacabin building - £19,800 (46%)
Anti slip timber steps and ramp - £5,520 (13%)
Delivery and installation of building - £3,780 (9%)
Foundations - £2,700 (6%)
Building control certificate - £1,750 (4%)
Ground preparation works - £1,500 (3%)
Legal services and advice - £1,500 (3%)
Larch Cladding - £1,230 (3%)
Mains connection services - £900 (2%)
Up cycling of second hand furniture - £500 (1%)
Other - £4,208 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

46%
7.2m x 6m refurbished modular portacabin building
£19,800
13%
Anti slip timber steps and ramp
£5,520
9%
Delivery and installation of building
£3,780
6%
Foundations
£2,700
4%
Building control certificate
£1,750
3%
Ground preparation works
£1,500
3%
Legal services and advice
£1,500
3%
Larch Cladding
£1,230
2%
Mains connection services
£900
1%
Up cycling of second hand furniture
£500
10%
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£4,208
  • Spacehive fees
    £1,738
  • Transaction Fees
    £1,622
  • miscellaneous second hand furniture
    £500
  • VAT
    £348

Overfunding

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:

  • Outside security lights
  • Landscaping
  • Outside furniture

Total £43,388

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