Replace the >25yr old obsolete part boilers with energy efficient ones ideally with solar as the roof is vast. Keep the most vulnerable of all areas in this deprived ward ward in winter. Ensure it's inviting so services can expand so more young people receive counselling services from Off The Record in future and more local people enjoy activities run here in warmth and comfort. Introduce a click and collect service to drive up footfall and introduce new local people to the Community Centre. Over 2,500 people here lost a nearby delivery office last spring. With the YMCA likely to leave in less than a week HoTCA CIO will have to try to keep vital community services running without staff and money. Hampton Fund have not been forthcoming and the council can't afford to help much though it wants to due to inheriting an empty reserve pot. We aim to keep the Public Toilet Scheme running too. The local community has a large number of elderly, young and disabled residents needing it.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Hampton on Thames Community Association are inclusive to everyone and non partisan as a Charity. We want to ensure that those who need vital community services the most are able to walk in and feel warm in winter, receive food from the Food Bank if eligible, receive education and care at the pre school Nursery. Receive counselling and advice from either Citizens Advice or Off the Record Twickenham who hire consultation rooms from us. Have lavatory facilities nearby when not near enough to home. An accessible venue for community meetings, performances and activities. It brings people in our community together and reduces loneliness when people feel isolated if they have somewhere to go & socialise. It helps those who can't afford to heat their homes during the day. It gives entrepreneurs rooms to hire to run activities and classes from whilst simultaneously benefiting the community. We can't afford to employ staff without financial support & without staff we can't offer these.
Steps to get it done:
It will save around 2,500 people having to drive all the way to Ashford to collect mail and parcels in throughout the year and it will reduce traffic and carbon emissions not so far from Heathrow and the M4 corridor. These local people who collect their parcels around work will hopefully see and hear activities in the Community Centre and start using it and recommending it. More people will keep fit and healthy by taking part in activities from ballroom dancing to Pilates and Yoga to Tai Chi or Painting to playing in a band whether wind or amplified.
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