Revamp The Vench!

by The Vench in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 3rd October 2019 we successfully raised £2,574 with 74 supporters in 28 days

Help revamp The Vench! We're raising funds to improve our playground, redecorate our playroom, update our centre and run a training day.

by The Vench in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Our extra funding will help pay for further improvements to the playground equipment as well as going toward helping to redecorate our cafe/community space. 

About Us

We’re The Vench, a much-loved adventure playground and community centre in the heart of Lockleaze. For over 45 years we’ve been inspiring imaginative play in a supportive and fun environment to help children and young people learn and grow. We believe in the importance of providing communities with safe places where they can meet, play and connect.  Working with our partners we offer a range of activities and experiences to build resilience and confidence in the young people and families that we support, as well as providing an engaging space for adults, businesses and the wider community. 

Our Project

We want The Vench to be a space that our community is proud to use and support, and we aspire to become as accessible and inclusive as possible. Despite extensive cuts to the youth and play sector in Bristol, all of our services are currently free to use, but we rely on volunteers, partner organisations and grant funding to keep our centre and playground open and running regularly. We are looking at ways to become more financially stable and by creating a sustainable business model that makes the best use all of our facilities, we will generate ongoing revenue that will help us to continue running for years to come. 

What You're Funding

We’ve worked with the local community and our partners to identify four aims: 

1-  Improving our playground

We will repair existing damaged equipment like our much loved zip wire, add new elements for younger children like a sand and water play area, and paint and improve our wooden structures to make them brighter and better. 

2 - Redecorating our playroom

We will redecorate our playroom to make it a brighter, more user friendly and multi-purpose space. By updating the furniture and storage units our play and craft sessions will be easier to run and we will have a better space for families to spend time together. By providing facilities for young children, including a play space for babies and toddlers, we hope to make visits smoother and more enjoyable for all ages. As part of our update, we will also be re-decorating our toilets including re-opening our disabled toilet and fitting a new baby changing unit. 

3 - Running a playworker training day

We rely on trained staff and volunteers and already have a fantastic group of regular volunteers who help out with lunch clubs, gardening and more. However, we want to expand our team by providing more opportunities for local residents to get involved with volunteering at the Vench. Playworker training will put us in a better position to provide run additional sessions while providing opportunities for developing volunteers’ employability skills.

4 - Transforming the front of the building

The front of the Vench is a little uninspiring – we want the community to feel excited and proud when they come to the Vench, so we will commission a piece of unique artwork by Bristol artist Andy Council. Andy paints beasts and creatures that incorporate local architectural landmarks and he will be making us our very own ‘Lockleaze monster’ to feature on the front of our building.

Our Rewards

Your support is an invaluable part of our ongoing journey and to say thank you we have a selection of wonderful rewards, ranging from entry into our prize draw through to a pizza party for up to 10 people. Check out our rewards list for more information! By helping to fund our project, you will be enabling us to continue providing free play sessions for children and young people and a safe place for the community to play, learn and grow for generations to come.

If you’re not able to donate but still want to get involved then why not get the word out? Share our crowdfunder page on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, tag us with #supportthevench, or even WhatsApp the link to your friends and family! 

Thank you so much for your support!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£75 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Dinner for two at Somer Dining in Keynsham

Treat yourselves with a fantastic meal for two at Somer Dining in The chocolate Quarter, Keynsham. Their delicious menu of British food is cooked by their team of multiple award winning chefs and served up in the old Somerdale Factory which used to be the home of Cadbury's chocolate!

£5 or more

A thank you on the supporters’ wall of our website

You’ll be acknowledged as a true supporter and champion of the Vench on our new website!

£10 or more

Entry into our prize raffle!

You’ll have a chance to win a hand made basket full of treats donated by local businesses worth over £100! It contains: -Voucher for Tea & cake for 2 at Buzz Cafe -Local honey and beeswax candle from Hives & Herbal -A beautiful ceramic from artist Hannah Turner -Sweets and treats from Co-op Cheswick village -Eco travel Coffee Cup from Boston Tea Party -Potted herbs from The Vench Kitchen Garden

£20 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Your own Vench Tshirt!

Look stylish in your own specially printed Vench tee shirt, featuring our colourful logo!

£35 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Hair tint @ award winning hair salon Square Roots

Update your look with with hair tint treatment at Square Roots on Gainborough Square!

£40 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Ticket to a Steve England event of your choice

Award-winning conservationist Steve England runs events all year round in Stoke Park, from bat walks to foraging lessons. Choose which of his upcoming events you'd like to attend!

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Meal for two and Drinks at Boston Tea Party

Enjoy a delicious meal for two at Boston Tea Party in Cheswick Village!

£70 or more

2 of 2 claimed

A girls or boys bike from LifeCycleUK!

Two fantastic children’s bikes from LifeCycle, one of our partners at the Vench! Bike 1- Boys Red BMX Reebok Bike 2- Girls blue Apollo Kinx

£120 or more

2 of 2 claimed

A children’s birthday party at The Vench!

Have a unique and exciting outdoor party at the Vench for up to 15 children. Choose from our list of party packages and have a birthday to remember! (Normal value of over £200. Party must take place before December 15th 2019)

£200 or more

3 of 3 claimed

A wood-fired pizza party for 10 at the Vench!

Enjoy a late summer party for your friends, family or employees with our new pizza oven in our kitchen garden. (Available weekday evenings, 5-7pm.)

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