There is currently no community centre in or around Parsons Green. The Living Space project intends to fix this. We will create more space within St Dionis (the church on Parsons Green) to be able to welcome more members of the local community. The improved facilities will help local associations and residents, and improve the life of those on Parsons Green and the surrounding area. We know there’s a clear need for it. The project is led by the church with the help of a group of local businesses, schools and residents. Some of the work has already been completed and our next phase will see improved facilities including a kitchen, beautiful new meeting spaces, plus a new entrance which faces the Green and tells everyone that we are open! Our aim is to create more accessible space so people can meet each other, learn, teach; develop new skills We are specifically asking for help with a new kitchen pod, as we know it will change the functionality of the space.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
As there is no community centre less than one mile away, it is difficult for local people to find a place to meet, teach, start their business, pray or even have a hot meal. We want to create a new "Living Space" within Parsons Green for the community to use. By renovating and enhancing St Dionis church,we will be able to create a new entrance, add new accessible facilities, new meeting rooms, a mezzanine and a new fully functioning kitchen. Creating an accessible kitchen is a key element of the renovation project. The church has 350 members in the congregation, hosts tens of local community groups and schools, but space is limited and the kitchen is a real let down for everyone. We spoke with local charities, schools, and passers by and we know they would benefit from more space to meet, have a hot tea or a hot meal. The project is led by the church with the help of local schools, nurseries, GPs and businesses of Parsons Green. We want it to benefit as many people as possible.
Steps to get it done:
We need support with the kitchen pod. It will transform the space, and bring way more potential for the food bank, weddings, culinary classes etc... We want to create a kitchen pod with a catering kitchen and professional culinary equipment. This is the big item we really need help with! On top of the kitchen pod will also be a flexible room, which could be used for local people to meet or lead business meetings, have coffee...There's nothing like this around. We currently have no hob, no oven, just a microwave and kettles. We have created a Friends of Living Space local group, with members of the local business community, and we have our local MP interested in the project. Many local schools and shops are already fundraising for us. We have received planning permission from the Council, we have Faculty from the Diocese, we have architects plans and we are ready to go to tender. We are pretty much set, we just need additional funding so we can start building in October 2018.
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Thank you to our neighbours in Parsons Green and nearby for being such good sports, and thanks to Aspire for their financial support. We had a "guess who's coming to dinner" event yesterday which was a success! Many of you opened your doors to new people and members of the local community, shared stories and hopefully started new friendships. Living Space is about connecting people so we are grateful for your support. Now let's get this done!!