Who are we?
Cheltenham Science Group was founded as a not-for-profit community interest company in June 2015 to inspire a new generation to love science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). In April 2017, we opened a small hands-on science centre in an empty retail unit in Coronation Square, the heart of a deprived neighbourhood of West Cheltenham.
At present there are 15 permanent exhibits and a maker space. Since opening in April 2017, we have welcomed over 1300 people through our doors. Families, home educators, childminders and groups (including after-school and holiday clubs, Beavers, Brownies, Boys Brigade and the Aston Project) have enjoyed special events and interactive workshops at the science centre. All ages enjoy investigating STEM and 50 families have bought an annual family pass so that they can visit throughout the year. One review on TripAdvisor says, "We went this afternoon; three adults, one 13 year old doing triple science at GCSE and one toddler. We all had a lovely time!"
Our toilet facilities are desperately in need of renovation. The room is currently split into two parts, making it very cramped and far too tight for pushchairs. Furthermore, there is no electricity so the room is dark and spooky for our younger visitors. Not to mention the smell!
We need to remove the interior wall and move the entrance so that we can make it wide enough for disabled access before fitting a disabled sanitary suite with grab rails and baby change facilities. This will cost £6,000. Any additional funds raised will be used to upgrade the store room.
How can you help?
We would be grateful for a donation of any size. As a small token of our appreciation for your pledge, we will email you a voucher to use against our new selection of gifts during your next visit to the science centre.
- When you pledge £30, you will be able to choose a pen (usually £3).
- When you pledge £50, you will be able to choose an item from our spy range (usually £5).
- When you pledge £100, you will be able to choose a science kit (usually £10).
- When you pledge £180, you will be able to order a child's lab coat (usually £18).