WE’RE CROWDFUNDING TO BUILD A NEW COMMUNITY CAFE AND WORKSHOPS AND WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
Our successful volunteer-run community cafe at Clitterhouse Farm is too small and no longer fit for purpose. We are crowdfunding to raise the money we need to demolish and rebuild a new and much larger multi-use space. The expanded area will provide a valuable indoor space and play a central role in our ability to connect with and work alongside our community, where we can host events, meetings and workshops throughout the year. We want our cafe to be a valuable social hub that will help us to build a broader base of community support for the wider project. Alongside the cafe expansion, we plan to refurbish a portion of the farm barn to create three large workshop spaces which will be made available for rent by local enterprise. The workshops will also act as educational facilities where we will run classes and workshops – giving arts and crafts professionals an affordable space, an opportunity to learn new skills, and develop their business and to benefit our local community. Throughout the construction we hope to give local people the chance to get involved in the construction as much as possible, providing opportunities for learning new skills and also to develop a sense of collective ownership and pride over the new spaces.
EVERY POUND COUNTS AND WE VERY MUCH APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!
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What we’ll deliver:
- An upgraded and enlarged community cafe
- Buy & install the catering equipment we need
- Three multi-use workshop spaces for local enterprise
Why it’s a great idea:
The Farm sits within the major Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration. The development has been in the pipeline for many years but has yet to break ground. Years of delays have caused widespread regeneration blight & there has been little to no investment in local infrastructure or community facilities. Our project currently provides a much-needed positive focal point for our community & will continue to so during and after the regeneration. Our community engagement to date shows a high demand for informal meeting places & affordable shared workshops, workspaces & offices. Our volunteer-run cafe has successfully filled some of this demand but we need a bigger space & improved facilities to make a bigger positive impact. A growing & increasingly diverse local community is eager to access such a space – where they can meet & connect, share stories, build relationships, learn new skills & create the community fabric that will build long term resilience in a time of great local change.
Steps to get it done:
- Ongoing: community engagement
- Autumn 2018: Planning permission granted
- Winter 2018: Existing cafe space demolished and site cleared
- Spring 2019: Cafe workspace built
- Spring 2018: Workshops stripped and cleaned
- Spring 2019: Workshops fitted out
- Summer 2019: Workshops rented
- Summer 2019: Cafe opened