Hub for the Homeless at The Upper Room

Funded on Spacehive 25 July 2019

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Hub for the Homeless at The Upper Room

Hub for the Homeless at The Upper Room

The Upper Room By The Upper Room

Our community kitchen produces over 26,000 meals every year to feed the homeless. We want to refurbish it and build a training room so we can help even more people and bring the community together!

Hammersmith and Fulham Delivery stage

55
backers
£7,500
raised

Funding is now over. Bear with us while we tot up all your pledges!

We have plans to refurbish the kitchen at The Upper Room, to dramatically improve the quality of services on offer as well increase our capacity. This, along with a new computer training room, will make The Upper Room an important homeless services hub for West London. Both aspects of this project will have huge positive impacts. 1. The new and improved kitchen - Food draws in the marginalised, brings people together and reduces social isolation. Free meals are at the very heart of what we do and are key to the trust-building process. 2. The new training room - Our UR4Driving students will use the computer training room by day to study for their theory test. In the evening the room will be used to run health & wellbeing therapeutic workshops for our homeless and vulnerable guests. This refurb cannot happen without your help! Please pledge what you can - just £5 will go a long way.

What we'll deliver:

  • Refurbish kitchen with new flooring.
  • Build a training room.
  • Buy 8 new laptops for our training room for UR4Driving.

Why it's a great idea:

We are building an entire new floor in the church which will double our available work space. Work is due to start on 25th March and is due to be complete in August 2019. This should dramatically improve the work space for beneficiaries, staff and volunteers. To date all our services have taken place in the dining hall. This is far from ideal as it can be noisy, with one-to-one sessions being carried out, as well as an ESOL class of 10 people, alongside UR4Driving students practising for their theory test, with UR4Jobs beneficiaries using the computers to look for work, and with a food delivery of many crates of food! Not to mention the fact that the Chief Executive doesn't have an office and is 'hot-desking' .... Not only will the new space improve working conditions but it will also enable us to increase capacity so that we can help even more people.

Steps to get it done:

  • Refurbishment of kitchen to start in July 2019.
  • Creation of training room to start in July 2019.

UR4Driving has achieved amazing results. Since 2010, 195 ex-offenders have obtained a driving licence and gained the motivation to move their lives forward. Approximately half have found work, or entered into further education, within 6-9 months of completing the programme. A recent Evaluation showed that only 30% of participants re-offended within a five-year period.

Location Hammersmith and Fulham

About the space

The Upper Room, Cobbold Road, W12

Council

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

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How will the money be spent?Total £7,466

Build a training room. - £2,500 (33%)
Replace kitchen floor. - £2,500 (33%)
8 Lockable Laptops @ £249 - £1,992 (27%)
Other - £474 (6%)

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.

33%
Build a training room.
£2,500
33%
Replace kitchen floor.
£2,500
27%
8 Lockable Laptops @ £249
£1,992
6%
Other
£474
  • Spacehive fees
    £350
  • VAT
    £70
  • Transaction Fees
    £54

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: The total cost of building the mezzanine floor is £402, 330 (excluding the cost of the laptops). We have already raised a staggering £390,169 from a legacy and various grant-giving trusts. We just need to raise a further £12,161! With your help we can achieve this. We'll use any extra funds to pay for more driving lessons so that more ex-offenders can benefit from this amazing project.

Total £7,466

Our Wish List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and stuff to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Offer Something' button to the right to get involved.
  • We are looking for: - Polish and Romanian speaking volunteers, one afternoon a week, to translate/interpret on our UR4Jobs project. - Volunteers to take part in the Santa in the City 5k Run on 5th December. - Groups to organise a Sleep-out
  • We always need: - Cooking oil (Sunflower or Olive) - Mens socks and pants - Hats and gloves (dark colours) - Good quality men's clothing, shoes and trainers - Mens coats - Deodorant - Milton disinfectant
  • Good quality office furniture, including meeting room table/s for our new premises. Artworks to hang on the wall.
  • A lockable computer storage unit for up to 15 laptops for our training room - £281.

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