“We'd love to keep The Mix as somewhere for everyone to enjoy, building on what has unfolded so far and exploring some new ideas.”
Thanks to very generous support from local volunteers & tradesmen, and funding from the High Street Innovation Fund, we have been able to use 15 Mill Street as a space for a range of brilliant community activities.
It's provided the opportunity to have a central place that brings people together for enjoyment and learning, while adding to the diversity of our town centre - bringing an unloved shop on the street back into use.
Some of the uses so far have been free skill share workshops including bike maintenance, sewing and home brewing; a student art exhibition; a charities blitz fundraiser; kids activities and craft sessions. The Mix has also been booked by organisations needing a space for their meetings and group activities and used as a swap shop, book swap library, for DVD lending, ticket sales, entry forms and as an information point.
The volunteer group, Sustainable Wantage – which runs The Mix - became a non-profit co-op in 2013. As a 'Society for the Benefit of the Community', it doesn’t yet have enough income to cover all the costs involved. So we are launching this community fundraiser to draw on the support of local people and businesses who would like to see us continue the project, raising enough funds to stay for at least another six months. This will also give the time to look at possibilities for generating enough income for The Mix to be self-sustaining.
Thank you for considering helping to keep The Mix going!
We have the ideas, the volunteers and the enthusiasm - with the finances we can make it happen!