Community support

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Description

Please support our project raising funds to extend and upgrade the kitchen in our church hall.

This is urgently needed as the current kitchen was initially installed almost 30 years ago; the facilities are now at the end of their useful life and need to be upgraded to meet current regulations. We are planning to remove the existing kitchen and extend it to create a larger area that will be able to accommodate all the equipment needed for the immediate benefit of our community and for many years to come.

We are looking for £25,000 towards the total cost of the project which will be up to £120,000. This includes building works, upgrading utilities and the purchase and installation of equipment. We are also applying for other grants locally and holding monthly fundraising events, encouraging all current users of the hall and members of the local community to join us. We estimate that the hall is used on a regular basis by over 1,000 different people each month so we have plenty of support to call upon for this project.

Our hall is used for many social events that see over 350 people each month enjoying the facilities our kitchen has to offer. We hold a monthly community lunch for 56 elderly people who have little social contact, providing them with a Sunday roast and companionship. A group of volunteers of all ages, including some taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, comes together to not only prepare and serve the food but to help with transport for the elderly guests. Other regular events include a daily breakfast club for around 15 primary school children during term time; a weekly Carers and Toddlers Group with drinks and biscuits for all; weekly coffee after church services for 50-60 people, the majority of whom are elderly; and a monthly Messy Church providing a meal for 80 people on average as families join together for activities.

On Christmas Day last year, Voluntary Action Reigate and Banstead (VARB) held a Christmas dinner for over 100 people who would otherwise have spent the day on their own. We also host a weekly winter night shelter on a Friday for vulnerable adults during its operating period. Other ad-hoc events include charity fundraisers, children’s and adults’ parties, social dances, harvest lunches, BBQs etc. Our hall is also used by many groups for recreational and physical activities such as yoga, Pilates, ballet, toddler activities, dancing, amateur dramatic groups and many more.

We are concerned that we may not be able to continue with current activities without this project as in order to cater for large numbers on a regular basis, we need to comply with food hygiene and fire safety regulations. In particular, separate areas are needed for hand-washing, food preparation and dirty dishes. This is important as we cater for the more vulnerable in our community. The number of people at our events is limited by the size and specification of the current kitchen which can feed approximately 80. The hall has a seated capacity of 200 so with better kitchen facilities we could reach out to more of our local community. .

Our facilities are available for all members of the community regardless of faith, age, ethnicity, gender or sexuality, as set out in our rental policy. Our vision is to see our church hall as a focal point for members of the community of all ages to meet and socialise throughout the year.

Please vote for us and help us to continue to serve our community by having a larger kitchen with better facilities to match the capacity of the hall and meet the needs of the area.

Saint Mark's Church, Reigate

Location: Alma Road, Reigate, United Kingdom

Our hall facilities enable volunteers of all ages to offer food and companionship to many and also a place of safety to vulnerable people. By upgrading our kitchen, we can carry on providing those services. Critically, we can also increase the number of people we reach in our local community.
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