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Union Chapel - Sunday School Stories

Funded on Spacehive 17 December 2018

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Union Chapel - Sunday School Stories

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Sunday School Stories - Tales of dissent and social change. Help us create a space for contemporary community use and save our dilapidated Sunday School Hall.

Islington Delivery stage


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

Please help us carry out urgent repairs to our Sunday School Hall and its 140 year old roof. This vital project will allow us to revitalise an underused and forgotten hall and create a 200 capacity, community space. A space which can be a home to participative arts, learning and heritage activities where people can come together and share ideas. We'll also create a permanent home for our nonconformist collection so it can become a resource for study and research. The room itself was built in 1877 it has lofty ceilings, a wrap around balcony, study booths and mini library. It could be a beautiful space but before we can start to use it we need to get it usable and top of the list is the repairs to the roof. Once completed it will be a great local asset, we'll be able to make the most out of the space and our wide communities can fill it with activities! Our project will cost about £400,000 in total, this campaign will cover the basics to get started. We have already most of it!

What we'll deliver:

  • Repair the failing roof and brickwork
  • Make the room accessible
  • Repair the library and study booths and create a publically accessible collection
  • Add refreshment areas
  • Run activites for families and school children with a particular strand of programming for local vulnerable families
  • Hold classes in paper conservation and book making
  • Provide training in public speaking and tour guiding for all ages
  • Introduce a training in cataloguing and digitising old documents and objects
  • Provide seating, lighting, desks, PA and other equipment needed for a range of uses
  • Allow free use of the space from local groups from migrant associations to primary schools

Why it's a great idea:

This project will bring our Sunday School Hall back to life and help meet local needs. Islington Council and Islington Youth Council have helped us identify activities that are in short supply in the area: • Provision for primary schools and under 13s • Space for art exhibitions and pop ups - to be available for different uses • Opportunities for young entrepreneurs – for example regular markets with stalls run by and for young people It's also a unique opportunity to share our social justice heritage. The stories in the collection housed in the Sunday School Hall will provide inspiration for a wide range of activities with links across the borough. This will include an annual free festival, in partnership with Islington Museum, with art exhibitions, public speaking competitions and readings & performances. Together we'll create a space that Islington can be proud of and the community can truly help shape. We are so close to our total fundraising target!

Steps to get it done:

  • Roof and external repairs completed
  • Study booths and library conserved
  • Fundraising target met
  • New staff appointed
  • Activity plan agreed with partners
  • Community consultation
  • Opening launch event
  • Contractor tendered and appointed

Local groups we are consulting with: Local schools for under 13s special projects New Unity Church - - a non religious church Islington Council and Islington Youth Council for local services Refugee Council for migrant and refugee groups Islington LGBTQ archive for archival partnerships Islington Parks for day trips Islington Museum for heritage connections Salter's Hall for heritage connections We have drawn up and costed in detail a three year activity and business plan that includes continual local consultation and relationship building with local schools, youth groups and other relevant organisations. We will review and evaluate the project annually. We have drawn up a detailed fundraising strategy which includes public appeals, crowdfunding, trusts and foundation applications and sourcing other donations. We will be continuing with this vital activity alongside the crowdfund campaign.

Location Islington

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London Borough of Islington

How will the money be spent?Total £71,400

Provide and install new roof coverings including vent tiles, felt and tile battens - £25,160 (35%)
Take up and renew boarding to roof - £15,096 (21%)
Scaffolding - £15,000 (21%)
Provide new insulation between roof members on and including battens - £7,548 (11%)
Contingency @ 10% - £6,300 (9%)
Other - £2,296 (3%)

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.

Provide and install new roof coverings including vent tiles, felt and tile battens
Take up and renew boarding to roof
Provide new insulation between roof members on and including battens
Contingency @ 10%
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


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:

  • Upgrade toilet facilities
  • Create more free activities
  • Offer longer opening hours

Total £71,400

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