Union Chapel is a special place to many people. Be it a favourite gig venue, or a place where you receive vital support; it's a heart of a community and so much more. I've been volunteering there for many years now and am asking you for your help in supporting us to keep going and growing. please see the Union Chapel main fundraising page, or below, for all the details. Thanks x
Support Union Chapel and our community work this year as we strive to continue and grow our vital work with the community and re-open to the public despite having lost a huge amount of income.
As you will know, 2021 has been a very hard year for Union Chapel and our communities – with event income lost and remaining uncertain, and fundraising incredibly challenging. But we know we need to do more for our communities and upcoming performers, particularly those facing disadvantages and hardest hit, and hope to redevelop one of our spaces, the Sunday School, to become a new community and talent development hub. We need your help to do it.
Since the pandemic, the need for our services has nearly tripled. Income from our venue provides 80% of our charity’s income. But our income generating venue has been operating at a third of its previous capacity.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO KEEP GOING AS A CHARITY AND TO GROW OUR PROGRAMMES THROUGH A NEW COMMUNITY SPACE.
Funds raised through this programme will go towards 2 key strands of our work:
- Supporting Union Chapel and our community work for the rest of this year as we strive to meet the deficit in lost venue income.
- Our ambitious new project for a new space for the community and upcoming artists. The Sunday School Hall programme was seriously impacted by the pandemic and nearly drew to a halt. It is now not only severely delayed but the need for a community hub and programme of activity for those most in need has increased two-fold as we see the longer-term impact of Covid and our economic situation on those already facing disadvantage and inequality. Funds raised through our campaign will go towards repairing and refurbishing this forgotten Grade 2* wonderful listed space and turning it into a much-needed genuine community asset fit for modern users, and towards life-changing training, employment and empowerment programmes.
Last year Historic England funded a heritage programme and the making of a film to tell the story of the Sunday School hall - you can watch the film here.