Making Aylesbury Vale the best possible place to live and work
Quarrendon Community Cafe runs twice weekly from St Peter's Church building on a Tuesday and Thursday. On Tuesdays a 'Movers and Shakers' chair based exercise runs alongside cafe, on Thursdays the FoodBank hosts a distribution point. These community groups attract over 50 users into the building each week. Community Cafe uses the church building but is a separate, non faith based project with it's own constitution and accounts. The existing kitchen facilities in the building are old, impractical and difficult to use for the number of visitors accessing the cafe and Foodbank. St Peter's Church is in the initial consultation phase of a potential building project but any such work is not imminent. Therefore, to enable us to keep serving the community meanwhile, we are hoping to find a second-hand or ex-display kitchen to enable us to install cupboards for hygienic storage of food and kitchenware and a larger sink and workspace area to enable efficient washing and food prep.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The Quarrendon and Meadowcroft area has little in the way of community provision. The Quarrendon community’s needs are centred around its markers of deprivation and poverty, with the highest markers in: - Health & wellbeing - Loneliness & Isolation - Education & Skills Community Cafe exists to meet and tackle these particular markers of deprivation. However, with the growing popularity of the cafe and the number of people from the estate now visiting regularly, the existing kitchen is proving to be difficult to use. Adding extra cupboards, workspace and a larger sink will enable us to more efficiently serve the visitors.
Steps to get it done:
The building and land is also home to a vegetable garden and community garden created in partnership with with Aylesbury Garden Town, Community Grow and St Peter's Church. There is interest from a local group who would also like to partner with the Community Garden and Community Cafe and provide free healthy eating and cooking on a budget classes for families in the Quarrendon and Meadowcroft estate, using produce grown in the Community Garden and drawing in cafe users. The improved kitchen facilities will enable plans for this to progress. St Peter's Church are aware of the inadequacy of the current building and are in the initial consultation phase of a potential future building project. Work on the complete re-development of the building is unlikely to begin within the next couple of years, hence why we are proposing a temporary kitchen re-fit, using low cost second hand or ex-demo cupboards to make the kitchen functional in the short term without spending too much at this stage
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