Eco Centre Expansion

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Project by The Globe Foundation

Total raised £5,155

raised so far



Help us grow our eco centre, by moving to a new central building & creating a vibrant community hub offering much-needed support & services

We're still collecting donations

On the 4th September 2020 we'd raised £4,860 with 70 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Our Aim

As a nonprofit community organisation, we aim to better the health & wellbeing of people & planet, through environmental education & awareness, to reduce our impact on the climate.

Current Situation

We have a small Eco Centre based on the outskirts of Uttoxeter at a garden centre. On site we have an upcycling craft workshop for our volunteers to turn waste plastic and items into useful products. We have a small classroom to train people in sustainable skills, a community Zero Waste Shop and a small outside space. 

We quickly outgrew our site and we now need a bigger premises that we can grow into, which will enable us to:

  • meet the demand of community skills needs
  • better the health and well being of our service users
  • provide a more experiential eco hub
  • support community partner visits i.e. from schools and clubs
  • be central and accessible to the community 
  • provide access to more eco alternatives
  • expand our workshop to provide more volunteer opportunities
  • create an immersive eco experience to educate and stimulate awareness
  • create more employment opportunities and work experience in the green sector

The Solution

We have found a three storey building steeped in Uttoxeter heritage and in the heart of the town. The new premises will mean we can create a vibrant community hub consisting of:

  • Eco Education Hub (classrooms & training pods for use by the community, schools & skills training)
  • Wellness Studio (for improving community health and wellbeing) 
  • Exhibition Space & Interactive VR Learning Suite 
  • Craft studio (to expand our existing volunteer programme)    
  • Recycling Station (for items with problem packaging)
  • A Zero Waste Shop (expanding our current shop to offer more to our community)
  • Garden Café (Social enterprise) 
  • Indoor Low-Carbon Garden

This will enable us to provide eco projects, education & skills training, employment and apprenticeship opportunities, volunteering placements, community health and wellbeing sessions, support for startup and non profit organisations, as well as a safe community space to bring us together in what has been one of the most challenging times in recent history. It will also mean we can breathe a little life back into a vacant building, highlighting its heritage and making it a useful part of the community again. 

Our new home.... The Mill, Church Street, Uttoxeter


The Ask

To do all of this, we will need a significant amount of funding to the tune of £120k, but if we achieve our target this will enable us to fit out the new premises and secure our survival for a minimum of three years. We will be approaching grant funders to help with the total (and will update any awards on this page) but we would also hope that businesses and those in our community will give what they can. If you can't afford to give, then please share on social media. Let's spread the word to help us create our vibrant eco hub in the heart of the community.

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This project offered rewards

£20 or more

Sneak Preview Tour

As a thank you for your pledge, we'll email you a link to our live video tour to give you a sneak peak of how the new Eco Centre is coming together, you'll be one of the first people to see our new premises before we open.

£50 or more

Handcrafted Pen & Pouch

As a thank you for your generous donation, we would like to send you one of our handmade pens, crafted from unloved plastic and hand turned on a lathe to create a beautiful, one of a kind ball point pen.

£150 or more

Victorian Christmas Shopping Experience

As a thank you for your pledge, we would like to invite you and a friend to an evening of Victorian Christmas shopping, providing exclusive access to our Christmas product range. Taking you back in time to the home era of refill shops, you and other donors will have first pick of all of our eco Christmas goodies, as well as enjoy a Fairtrade mulled wine, mince pie and listen to our Victorian carolers.

£200 or more

Afternoon tea for 4 people in our Botanical Cafe

We would be delighted to invite you and three friends to join us for an afternoon tea in our Botanical Cafe as soon as it's ready and open, as a thank you for your generous pledge.

£500 or more

Fairtrade Wine Tasting Evening

Enjoy an evening of wine tasting in our Botanical Cafe with 5 of your friends. Take a trip around the world in just a few glasses! Then enjoy a fun wine quiz, putting your tastebuds to the test.

£1,500 or more

Cooking Class for 10 people

We would offer a private cooking class for you and 9 friends to learn one of the following cuisine themes: - Vegan - Asian Inspired - Chocolate Heaven Your lesson will take place in our all new Eco Education Suite as a thank you for your generous pledge.

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