We are the Friends of Victoria Park and we have been working to improve this beautiful park since we constituted in 2002. We have made many improvements to the park, held countless community events and carried out many community led projects within Stretford. We are well know in the borough for being a very passionate and proactive group. Have a look at our website [www.fovps.org.uk] or our facebook page for more info on the group.
We are building a new community cafe/building within Victoria Park in Stretford and have planning permission in place for the building pictured above. We have agreed the heads of terms for a 25 year lease for the building with Trafford Council and are waiting for this to be formalised over the next few months.
Here is the old building we used to use for our community tearoom and event hub - unfortunately the floor is completely rotted through and the building is condemned - to be fair it has served the park well - it was probably designed to have a life of around 25 years and it has been there well over 50 years!
We have been given £120,000 from Trafford Council to help build the new building but we estimate that it is going to cost in the region of £350,000 to complete - we therefore need to look at other ways of completing it.
This is where you come in!
We are looking to leverage funding from social grant makers, get local support from builders / plumbers / electricians / groundworkers / engineers etc to complete works at cost or lend a hand for free, and of course this crowdfunder. If you can help in anyway please let us know.
It is not by chance that we have launched this crowdfunder on the day of our now renowned Picnic in the Park event - our biggest event in the park, and it's 10th anniversary to boot. We are hoping that you can help us by donating and also spread this page far and wide to get as much support as possible.
This new building will ensure that there is a presence in our park from 0800-2200 each day - with clean, accessible toilets, good healthy and affordable cafe food and drinks, and a meeting space and hub for our community events.
This crowdfunder is hoping to raise £22,500 which we will use to deliver the environmental and financial sustainability elements of the build:
- water storage to collect rainfall for use in our toilets - approx £9,000
- Electric underfloor heating - to keep our energy consumption and bills down - approx £7,000
- CCTV system - to keep us all feeling safe and hopefully reduce anti-social behaviour around the building - approx £8,000
Please donate to us via this crowdfunder and look at the rewards we are offering - we think there is something for everyone - of course our eternal gratitude goes without saying!
Those of you with eagle eyes will notice that the crowdfunding total has been reduced and the solar panels and lighting are no longer on the list of deliverables - well do not fear - we are still having them but we have received an amazing piece of news as Trafford Council are donating £22,500 to our project which will cover these items - see below for the update I have sent out today.
‘I have had a phone call from Andrew Western Leader of Trafford Council that has changed everything…….. He has been following this crowdfunding campaign and knows the work that we carry out in the park and how much we are valued by our community and believes that this building will be an amazing asset for us all.
As such he has offered to fund half of the crowdfunder total from a special projects budget to make sure we can deliver this project and everyone can benefit – so this equates to funding of £22,500. This means that I can reduce our total on here from £45,000 to £22,500 as the money will come directly to the Friends of Victoria Park bank account not through this website and so we are almost at our total – Yipeeeeeeeee!
I have spoken to Crowdfunder.co.uk and checked that we are allowed to do this and they have said we can and we can also add one more week onto the campaign [ending at midnight on Friday 31st Aug] to ensure we reach our total and allow those who get paid at the end of the month a chance to donate.
The Friends of Victoria Park want to publicly thank Andrew Western and Trafford Council for this amazing donation towards our project and we are so glad that our local council recognizes the work we volunteers do and the differences that a meeting space can make to our communities, and to Crowdfunder.co.uk for all their help with this amazing complication– THANK YOU!’