Our Vision is a new multi-use community space for the people of Sudbury and surrounding villages.
The United Reformed Church on School Lane, Sudbury, closed in January 2018 and is now sitting empty and unused. Sudbury Hive has so far gained pledges of £200k towards buying the church and adjoining hall and rooms in order to open it as a community space to the benefit of vulnerable people in the area.
We need your help to raise £50k towards the cost of buying the building and making the small adaptations needed to increase the suitability of the building for local groups, such as changing the church hall to a flexible auditorium.
Members from local organisations have told us that there is a need for more rooms to hire in Sudbury and especially for medium sized halls, as no other premises in town offer similar accommodation or availability.
What is 'Sudbury Hive'?
Sudbury Hive is a charity that supports voluntary and community groups in the Sudbury area and has over 40 organisations as members. In recent years, Hive has organised a Volunteer Awards event, a range of fully funded training courses,1 to 1 advice sessions and regular networking/steering group meetings for local volunteers and staff to meet and link up to help each other in new ways.
The team of trustees is chaired by Shirley Moore, who is founder and CEO of The Befriending Scheme, Sudbury, and she is supported by Lesley Ford Platt (Sudbury Market Town Partnership) , Robin Hodgkinson , Anesta Newson (founder of The Bridge Project) and Robert Benton.
As a team they have a huge range of experience in the voluntary and charitable sector, including managing projects of over £2million. The trustees are supported by Karen Bleay who works part-time as Community Engagement Worker.
Who will benefit from this project?
As a multi-use community space the 'Hive Centre', as it could be called, will offer activities and services for those with mental health difficulties, people with learning and/or physical disabilities, the elderly, young families and those who've experienced domestic abuse.
By helping the wonderful organisations in Sudbury and surrounding villages through affordable counselling rooms, offices, storage and the use of medium-sized halls, the vulnerable people in our communities will have more choice and enhanced well-being services.
What will my money be spent on?
From this.... ....to this!
The money raised will go towards the purchase of the URC building and the small improvements needed inside straightaway, such as updating the kitchen.
So far, grant awarding bodies and private funders have pledged £202,000. Our target is to raise £350,000. If members of the local community can help us to reach this by gifting £20,000 towards the project, that would be wonderful. It may seem like a small chunk of the total needed but it will bring us £20,000 nearer to our target.
We would love the local people who may eventually use the Hive Centre to be involved right from the beginning. That's why, for your kind donation of £20 we will put your name on a tile for our 'Hive Builders' wall, to be displayed in the building.