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Maidstone Community Hub

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Maidstone Community Hub

Maidstone Community Hub

Wishing Hearts Charity By Wishing Hearts Charity

Community cafe in the heart of Maidstone to give lonely, isolated older people a place to go for companionship and socialisation alongside a good cuppa!

Maidstone Idea stage

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The cafe will be an open, welcoming place in the heart of Maidstone for older people to come to engage with others, take part in activities or just get a tasty coffee to watch the world go by! Although it will be a space for us to hold our events, that are mainly catered to older people, the cafe will be open to everyone. The aim is to get local people involved in their community and give their morning coffee a little bit of purpose; an extra meaning. It will be a space to give people a voice, somewhere that is accessible and gives older people a place in the world. all whilst generating some income for our charity and a space for us to provide more events for our isolated beneficiaries. It will act as a community hub for people to access our services through a friendly face, it will enable a buzzing social environment to flourish and provide a much needed warm space for people who really need it.

What we'll deliver:

  • Rent a unit for a cafe
  • Furniture/decorations for cafe

Why it's a great idea:

Loneliness and social isolation are killers, yet the solution can be much more simplistic than we realise, a smile and a chat served with a cuppa can often be the highlight of someones week. A central location, a one stop shop for the community is exactly what both local people and charities need to streamline their service in Maidstone. This project will provide the older community with a voice, somewhere to belong and a long-lasting, practical solution to isolation. This is a local project for local people and will have an array of benefits for the entire community. We want to collaborate with local charities/businesses to offer them the chance to use the facilities, grow and learn together and raise awareness of so many important causes in Maidstone all whilst giving the community something to be proud of, a project that will genuinely make a difference.

Steps to get it done:

  • Securing the rental property
  • Securing employees for the cafe
  • Buying equipment and furnishings
  • Buying/planning community events and activities ready for opening
  • Opening community hub to the public!

We have decided to partner with a local, existing coffee shop business called New Leaf Cafe. Essentially, we will be creating a social enterprise in which we share 50% of both costs and profits. So, all the costs that you see within this project proposal will be matched by New Leaf Cafe.

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Location Maidstone

About the space

Royal Star Arcade

Council

Maidstone Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £8,016

Rental costs for 2 months - £4,166 (52%)
Appliances for cafe - £2,624 (33%)
Materials for first activity sessions - £592 (7%)
Other - £635 (8%)

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.

52%
Rental costs for 2 months
£4,166
33%
Appliances for cafe
£2,624
7%
Materials for first activity sessions
£592
8%
Other Read More
£635
  • Spacehive fees
    £369
  • Transaction fees
    £192
  • VAT
    £74

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:

  • Replace existing furniture in communal area
  • Breakfast bar area

Total £8,016

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