redevelopment of our church halls
Please donate to support our ongoing work to develop our community space and cafe! We are thrilled that we now have the money in place for the major works to our halls, but we still need money to improve the existing toilets, to decorate the halls and to fit out our cafe. Please help us!
What are we doing and why?
This vibrant hub includes a space for the use of the whole community, and a cafe run for and supported by the local community. This bright and welcoming space will continue supporting current user groups like St Vincent de Paul Society, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, while also offering a space for anybody needing a warm welcome, support and training.
Our partnership with Autism Unlimited provides work experience and training in life-skills for young adults, leading them towards full independent living, for which they currently have very limited opportunity. (Read more about Autism and their Futures programme below).
Our partnership with Bournemouth COAST (the local council’s Community Outreach And Support Team) provides restart opportunities for adults whose life episodes have limited their confidence at work and in the wider world.
Main building works on our new community hub will be completed in mid November 2023 enabling people of all abilities to access all the facilities. More funds are urgently needed to further enhance the centre with individual meeting spaces, training areas and facilities, enhanced toilets and cafe equipment and furnishings.
Some images of the exterior and interior of the halls as they are now
Left Image: The perilous steps leading to the entrance to the Halls.
Right image: Once inside the foyer, more steps to access the main hall, and yet others to access the toilets, kitchen, office etc.
Left Image: View of the main hall from the stage.
Right image: View of the stage in the main hall from the Richmond Hill window end of the hall.
And some computer generated images of our transformed halls after the work ….
FUTURES with Autism Unlimited (formerly Autism Wessex) one of our agreed Partner Charities on completion of the Undercroft and Cafe Neri.
Sean wants to be independent – to learn and work locally, and live near to his family. He is autistic and has associated learning difficulties which have been a barrier to his ambitions. Sean is 18; options for further education, employment, supported housing, and community engagement, are limited and not in line with his personal aspirations.
Graham Whitehead (for Autism Unlimited)