Describe your project
The installation, including equipment and appliances, of a functional kitchen and recreational seating area in the Community Barn at the newly acquired and developing Animal Sanctuary for Last Chance Hotel Animal Rescue Charity. The Barn will enable the charity to deliver workshops & demonstrations, providing accessible & affordable education & training. The addition of a relaxed and communal recreational area, supplying refreshments and snacks, alongside basic cooking facilitates, will allow the charity to expand on its educational objectives in a friendly, sociable and encouraging environment, against a back drop of sympathetic rural harmony. The refreshments available will include ingredients from the Sanctuary; eggs, vegetables and honey. The kitchen area will serve to promote the merits of fresh, sustainably grown and locally sourced food, with information on the Sanctuary’s self sufficiency, positive narratives and ingredients available to take home.
How will your project benefit your local community?
Having a functional community centre where the focus of the charity’s work can operate and evolve from will enable the charity to communicate with and impact the local community on so many levels. One of the charity’s key drivers is to educate and involve the next generation and the Community Barn will offer volunteer opportunities for local schools and colleges to gain work experience for animal related qualifications. Not only will animals benefit from the Community Barn, but many people too. We offer support to overcome the social, economical and environmental issues of our local community that directly impact household pets and their owners. We provide assistance to the public in times of economic adversity and uncertainty; providing resources that would otherwise not be an option. Our support and donations to the elderly, homeless, and those affected by financial hardship or traumatic life changes allow owners to have choices, and enable them to continue to care for their beloved pets in their loneliest hours. To assist this, the Community Barn will become a community outreach drop in centre providing a safe, confidential and friendly focal point for face to face information, advice and support.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
Last Chance Hotel is run entirely by an organisation of dedicated volunteers, committed to undertaking the charity’s animal rescue, benevolent and humanitarian work by giving their time freely. This ethos attracts and encourages public support, confidence and involvement and we have an ever growing network of supporters who organise their own fundraisers and awareness events on behalf of the charity. Our respected presence within the community and integration into the local and larger consciousness has evolved from people identifying on a common level that the objectives of Last Chance Hotel benefit the public across many layers of society.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
Our popular events and talks can attract in excess of 100 people. The charity’s publicly supported relationships with social service and police units alleviates the pressure, resources and finances of local and UK councils. The charity reaches out and touches the lives of people and families that are unknown and immeasurable.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
We plan to buy and install a working kitchen area that includes cupboards, worktops, fridge, microwave, kettle, mugs, plates, cups, cutlery, utensils, tables and chairs. We encourage recycling and using pre owned items where fit for purpose and in keeping with our environmentally sympathetic philosophies. We aim to support local businesses and tradesmen with all the Sanctuary’s development requirements and fitting the Community Kitchen will be project managed and implemented as economically and safely viable as possible. We continually endeavour to keep charity expenses to a minimum as we maintain our integrity and social responsibilities.
When and why was your project founded?
The charity was formed in 2011 and it signed the long term lease for the Sanctuary property this year.