AMBITIOUS plans for a ‘vibrant community hub’ have been unveiled by Uttoxeter’s Globe Eco Centre. The proposals include an Eco Education Hub, Wellness Studio and Zero Waste Shop in the heart of the town.
A crowd-funding appeal has been launched in a bid to hit a £120,000 target to renovate a three-storey building in the town centre, providing new jobs and opportunities. Director of the Globe Foundation, Kate Copeland, said: “It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce that Globe Eco Centre will be moving into Uttoxeter town centre, enabling the eco centre to grow our services drastically and be a great deal more accessible. We have found a three storey building steeped in Uttoxeter heritage and in the heart of the town.
“The move will enable us to provide eco projects, education and skills training, employment and apprenticeship opportunities, volunteering placements, community health and wellbeing sessions, support for start-up and non-profit organisations, as well as a safe community space to bring us together in what has been one of the most challenging times in recent history.
“We are keen to progress the move at pace to be in position to support those that have been affected by COVID-19, particularly around unemployment and skills training. It will also mean we can breathe a little life back into a vacant building, highlighting it’s heritage and making it a useful part of the community again.”
The new premises will allow the development of several projects including an Eco Education Hub with classrooms and training pods for use by the community, schools and skills training. A Wellness Studio for improving community health and wellbeing is also planned alongside exhibition space and interactive VR learning suite.
The new building will also include a craft studio, recycling station for items with problem packaging an expanded Zero Waste Shop offering more products. A Garden Café and indoor low-carbon garden are also planned.
Kate added: “To do this, we are embarking on a major fundraising effort get the money we need to retrofit the building and to also ensure our survival for the next three years, creating secure jobs and opportunities. Our aim is to raise £120,000 through a mixture of crowdfunding and grants, if you can share and support our fundraising efforts and our proposed growth plans, it would be very much appreciated. We would like to thank our community, our partner organisations and supporters for helping us to get to this stage, and hope you will join us on the next steps of our journey.”
For more details on the project and our fundraising details, visit: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/eco-centre-expansion.
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