YOUNG people are being urged to complete a survey around new plans for a ‘vibrant community hub’ in Uttoxeter town centre. The Globe Foundation unveiled proposals for the new centre, which would occupy a three-storey building in the heart of the town, last month.
Now, the organisation has launched a survey to help identify the needs of the community and understand what younger people hope to see from the project. A crowd-funding appeal has been launched – and has already raised almost £5,000 towards the £120,000 target. The new centre would include an Eco Education Hub, Wellness Studio and Zero Waste Shop.
Director of the Globe Foundation, Kate Copeland, said: “The survey is to help us understand the immediate needs of the community, particularly looking at how this might have changed since the impact of Covid-19. So far we have had a reasonable response but we have had limited replies from those under 19 and would be keen for our younger community members to voice their opinions.
“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 its heritage and making it a useful part of the community again.”
Other projects planned as part of the centre include an exhibition space and interactive VR learning suite, a craft studio, recycling station and indoor low-carbon garden. 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 about the proposals for the new eco centre, visit: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/eco-centre-expansion. To complete the survey visit: https://bit.ly/3kSssCx
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