The Sidwell Street Workshop

by St Sidwell's Community Centre in Exeter, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 22nd January 2019 we successfully raised £5,030 with 44 supporters in 42 days

To build a community workshop, where people from all backgrounds can come together to make stuff, make friends & learn or pass on skills.

by St Sidwell's Community Centre in Exeter, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

This Crowdfunder project is just the start of what will be an on-going fund raising effort to help build the Sidwell Street workshop, so any extra money will be going into that.

We are seeking your help to build The Sidwell Street Workshop, a new space at our busy community centre where we will be able to offer a whole range of inclusive arts and crafts activities – traditional wood-working projects, pottery classes, willow-work, jewellery making, book-binding, mosaicking, and much more.

St Sidwell’s Centre is a thriving community hub near the centre of Exeter: an independent charity dedicated to
strengthening the local community and promoting inclusion. We’ve got a busy community café where anyone can come to eat and drink and relax, or learn to cook, volunteer and share cookery skills. Everything is homemade and we even make our own bread, and pickles and jams.

In our city centre vegetable garden we’re piloting a food waste composting scheme which turns all our food waste into useable compost in just a few weeks. Our city centre gardens – once a graveyard – have won four Outstanding awards from the Royal Horticultural Society in just 4 years. 

Inside the centre we’ve got rooms that were used last year by more than 200 local organisations.  Everything that we do and offer relies on the hard-work of just a small handful of paid staff and a huge team of dedicated volunteers. Our welcoming Volunteering and Work- Experience Programme is open to everyone – regardless of ability, background or experience.  St Sidwell’s is a unique place where everyone works together and everyone looks after each other. 

But we need more space...

The Sidwell Street Workshop will offer not only the space needed, but the flexibility for more creative projects. Please help to make this exciting development a reality. We have already secured planning permission for The Sidwell Street Workshop and this crowdfunding campaign (which is part of a longer and larger fundraising campaign for the construction of the workshop) will help us move onto the next stage – enabling us to develop the detailed construction plans and to carry out archaeological and conservation surveys.

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Sidwella Badge by street artist 'Kiki'

A colourful, funky button badge depicting St Sidwella, based on the street art designed exclusively for us by the local artist known as 'Kiki'

£10 or more

7 of 100 claimed

Free 12 months individual membership

St Sid's membership entitles you to a 10% discount in our café and a 10% discount on any of the events and workshops run at St Sidwell’s.

£25 or more

6 of 15 claimed

Signed, limited edition print by Richard Parker

A beautiful, signed, black and white print of a hand drawn depiction of St Sidwell's as it might have been in the 1500's. Specially commissioned by us from well known historian and illustrator, Richard Parker.

£50 or more

3 of 30 claimed

Free evening meal for two + membership

Evening meal for two at Sid's Cafe, for one of our themed meal nights. (Dates announced in the new year.) Sid’s café serves good quality, locally-sourced, nutritious and delicious food. When you eat in Sid’s Café you are also helping to support our inclusive work experience and training programmes.

£100 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Free cookery/baking workshop + membership

A cookery/baking workshop with our trained staff. (Dates announced in the new year, and you will be contacted to make your selection.) PLUS St Sid's membership.

£250 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Cookery/baking workshop and a 6-month bread supply

Your choice of cooking or baking workshop (dates announced in the new year) , AND a loaf of our delicious, handmade sourdough bread from our own kitchens, each week for 6 months. Yum! Our bread baking skills are already being noticed by many people who purchase from us and we are now supplying local shops. PLUS St Sid's membership.

£1,000 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Free private function, venue hire, catering and DJ

Free centre hire for your birthday, special occasion, or just for the sake of it! Includes buffet catering for up to 50 guests (additional catering at reduced rate by arrangement). If you need a DJ too we can offer the services of a well known local jock to really help your party go with a bang! All in.

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