Describe your project
We are renovating and extending our Community Hall. We have raised over £300,000 including £80,000 through events, a crowdfunder and a silent auction. Construction work is starting in May/June 2019. Essential to the working of the new hall will be robust furniture that is easy to move and store. The existing furniture will no longer be sufficient for the increase in capacity and activity that the hall project and business plan envisages. Equipment in the hall has to be robust. Event types are diverse so the furniture needs to be adaptable. We are looking to supply a complete new set of furniture to the finished hall. We have costed a full supply of good quality furniture at £9500.
How will your project benefit your local community?
The whole community goes to cultural, educational and health/wellbeing events and activities at the hall. The hall is the only space on the peninsula capable of accommodating the majority of these events. The hall is also the base for all activity around community ownership and empowerment. The community runs three charities, three trading subsidiaries and two Community Interest Companies as well as owning 17,000 acres and multiple properties. Comfortable seats make for better meetings! Because of this new furniture events will be easier to organise on the day. There will be less problems to disincentive the volunteers so activities are more likely to happen. The ability to move and store the furniture will allow events to further diversify utilising different spaces and accommodating larger groups. The provision of suitable furniture will make the hall more attractive so supporting the Hall business plan which in turn will support the community based events. A successful programme of events also helps to stimulate the broader economy, supporting other businesses.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
The Community has been involved in the renovation and extension project since it started in 2012 - through formal consultations and meetings. More than 70% of the population has responded or attended these meetings. The Hall organising committee is voluntary and has dedicated huge amounts of time to the overall project. 90% of the population use the hall on a regular basis. The local fundraising has shown huge support for the development plans.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
110-120 people will directly benefit. This is the whole population of the peninsula. Benefit will also extend to the large amount of visitors to the area, many of whom attend activities and events at the hall .
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
Furniture from the GoPak range. Up to 120 seats and 20 tables - both with wheeled stacking and storage. Children's furniture. A small amount of soft furnishings.
When and why was your project founded?
The hall was built in 1958 and supported by a trust. The management committee turned into a charity in 1998. The charity updated its constitution and changed into a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation(SCIO) in 2014. Work on the extension and renovation project started in 2014.