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 £45,000 which we will use to deliver the environmental and financial sustainability elements of the build:
- solar panels and battery to produce the electricity for the building and provide an income during any sunny spells! - approx £18,000
- water storage to collect rainfall for use in our toilets - approx £9,000
- LED lighting to keep our energy consumption and bills down - approx £3,000
- 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!