The Apple Tree Cafe and Charity Shop

by Goldsmiths Community Centre in London, Greater London, England

The Apple Tree Cafe and Charity Shop

Our new cafe and shop space in SE6 will welcome the whole community to share time, gain valuable experience and skills, and help us grow

by Goldsmiths Community Centre in London, Greater London, England

We did it
On 22nd July 2017 we successfully raised £12,800 with 120 supporters in 72 days

New stretch target

We're still fundraising to make The Apple Tree an even better community hub, welcoming to anyone and everyone. With a bit of extra funding we'll be able to sort out our disabled loo and baby change area so that all ages can enjoy The Apple Tree.


We are still fundraising! If we can reach £13,400 we can do even more to ensure everyone will feel welcome at The Apple Tree


We've added a stretch target to encourage more people to get involved in the Apple Tree. With an extra £800 we'll be able to fix our disabled loos and baby change area, making sure that everyone feels welcome to come along to The Apple Tree. Thanks to everyone who has supported this project so far. Please keep donating and spreading the word so we can make The Apple Tree the best it can be and a real community hub for all our neighbours!

The Apple Tree at Goldsmiths Community Centre needs you!


Support us in our mission to bring people together in South Lewisham, providing a space to meet, share, learn and grow together as a community.

Goldsmiths’ Apple Tree Project is about community. Growing a strong community is all about what we put into it. The more we put in, the greater the fruits of our labour. The Apple Tree is a community cafe and shop that will make a difference to the local area it serves. A space for all community members to share their time, learn new skills and help our community grow. Through our volunteering programme, support for those who are isolated or struggling to access opportunities, we aim to foster community engagement and create a project with a long-lasting legacy for our local neighbourhood.


Goldsmiths Community Centre logo

Goldsmiths Community Centre


Goldsmiths Community Centre was once a thriving community venue in South Lewisham and one of London’s largest, with over 17,000 sq feet of space. Opened in 1939, Goldsmiths has always been a place for community members to socialise, learn new skills, get advice and even give something back through volunteering. The fact that it’s still being used for its original purpose after all these years is a testament to the strength of the community it supports.

Today Goldsmiths hosts a dance school, nursery, fitness classes, nutrition workshops, and community events. However years of neglect led the centre to fall into disrepair. We’ve already raised some funding to bring part of the building back into use after it was temporarily forced to shut. You can find out more in this heart-warming video which shows how much love this community has for its community centre: https://youtu.be/MLYz7KdSlvI 

In an attempt to revitalise the community centre and bring it back to its former glory, we’re planning to open a community cafe and charity shop, to support the reopening and refurbishment of the right-hand side of the building.


The Apple Tree project


The Apple Tree at Goldsmiths will be a community cafe and charity shop with a difference. The Apple Tree will revitalise the local area, bring more people into Goldsmiths Community Centre and provide a valuable space for people to socialise, learn new skills, learn about their local area and swap skills. Once up and running, the cafe and shop will provide a sustainable source of income to help keep Goldsmiths Community Centre as a valuable community asset and support its development to meet current and future community needs.

Training and volunteering opportunities for NEET young people and young parents


We’ll provide training and volunteering opportunities to local community members. The North Downham estate where Goldsmiths Community Centre is located has a high proportion of young people, with high levels of unemployment. We’ll provide volunteering opportunities for local young people to gain skills and experience. Volunteers will be given training in customer service, food hygiene and retail skills. All our volunteers will be given Dementia Friends training to ensure we become a Dementia-friendly cafe and shop. Young parents who volunteer for us will be offered a place in the Goldsmiths Community Preschool.

We’ll also run volunteer gardening events to spark local interest in gardening, help residents gain new skills and assist with the upkeep of the outdoor space in front of the cafe.


A social space for the whole community


The Apple Tree will be a much needed asset to everyone in the local community.

It will provide a place where older people feel welcome to socialise, where parents can enjoy some quiet time while their children take part in community centre activities, where young people are given opportunities to gain work skills and where those in need feel supported and welcomed.

We’re keen to support local need within the community. The charity shop will sell baby and children's clothing and equipment and we’ll seek to partner with local food banks to provide vouchers for families in need to receive baby items.

The Apple Tree’s book corner will host a daytime book club and visitors will be encouraged to read or have children’s story time.

We’ll have a local history club where older residents can reminisce about the past while socialising with friends old and new and we’ll make sure everyone feels able to attend through becoming a Dementia-friendly cafe.


How this project meets community need


In 2014 we ran a survey with 176 local community members and 62% said they would like to see a community cafe. More than 30% also requested a reminiscence group. In the same survey nearly 70% said the main focus of development for Goldsmiths Community Centre should be improving the physical appearance of the centre, something this crowdfunding initiative will directly address.

In addition to this, Whitefoot ward assembly has identified 5 priority areas for community development within our ward (SE6 and BR1). These are 1. Children & young people, 2. Older people, 3. Unemployment and skills development, 4. Connecting communities and 5. Creating a high-quality living environment.

Our plans to create a community cafe and shop address each of these priorities by providing activities for all age groups, training and volunteer experience for those out of work, a social space that welcomes everyone in the community and by transforming an existing community asset into a high-quality social space.


How will my money be used?


The space where the cafe will be located lacks heating and requires renovation work to improve the building’s appearance. We’ll need to fit counters, furniture, and cafe appliances. Your money will be used for renovation work and a new boiler that will not only allow us to open the cafe, but also provide a boost to the entire right-hand side of the building. We’re also keen to improve access into the building by providing a direct entrance to the cafe and shop on Castillon Road.

This newly renovated space will be an excellent environment for us to launch our volunteer and training programme for local residents to gain valuable employment skills and support to go on to find employment. Funding will be used towards training volunteers and ensuring we can promote the space to the local community so everyone hears about it.

Goldsmiths was built as a resource to benefit all members of the community and we want to ensure that going forward the centre has facilities to welcome everyone to enjoy a cup of tea, learn new skills, meet local people and share their stories.

“The most important thing is giving the community the power to support itself”
- Trevor Pybus Community Connections Community Development Worker

“In this current climate of austerity, fear of terrorism and reduced access to open spaces, the value of community centres such as Goldsmiths in bringing people together cannot be underestimated.”
- Liz Wood, Chair Goldsmiths Community Association


We’ve put together a detailed budget outlining the costs we need to cover to transform the cafe and shop space at Goldsmiths and get this project off the ground. Here’s a summary:

Refurbishment of the main cafe / shop space £4,030
A new boiler to keep you warm throughout the seasons £3,750
Kitchen appliances and equipment for the cafe £2,370
Marketing, promotion and launch £1,400
Training and recruitment of cafe / shop volunteers £1,040

Check out our great rewards as a thank you for your pledge and consider gift rewards that keep on giving, like our classes at Goldsmiths or your very own apple tree.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

For that good feeling that comes along with giving back to your community!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Get a free cup of tea or coffee at The Apple Tree

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Get a free cup of tea or coffee plus a 'Thank You' Tweet and Facebook post sent out to all our social media followers.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Get a free tea or coffee plus a £5 voucher to use in The Apple Tree charity shop. You’ll also get a thank you Tweet and Facebook post sent out to all our followers.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Get your limited edition The Apple Tree cotton tote bag so you can continue to show your support for the project while out shopping. You’ll also get a thank you Tweet and Facebook post sent out to all our followers.

£40 or more

£40 Reward

Get your limited edition The Apple Tree cotton tote bag, a free tea or coffee, and a thank you Tweet and Facebook post sent out to all our followers.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Get invited to an exclusive shopping and launch event prior to the opening of The Apple Tree where you’ll get first look and light refreshments. You’ll also get a free cup of coffee in the cafe and a thank you Tweet and Facebook post sent out to all our followers.

£75 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£75 Reward

Get one week of free classes at Goldsmiths Community Centre, a free tea or coffee, and a £5 voucher to use in the charity shop. You’ll also get an invite to our exclusive launch event and a thank you Tweet and Facebook post sent out to all our followers.

£100 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£100 Reward

Get a one month yoga card, giving you access to any yoga classes at Goldsmiths for a month. You’ll also get an invite to our exclusive launch event and a thank you Tweet and Facebook post sent out to all our followers.

£120 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£120 Reward

For half price off the full September term of classes for one new student at Goldsmiths Dance Academy (New students only. You'll be asked to specify your preference for ballet or musical theatre). You’ll also get an invite to our exclusive launch event and a thank you Tweet and Facebook post sent out to all our followers.

£150 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£150 Reward

Get four hours of GCSE Maths tuition with a fully qualified 16+ Maths teacher with nearly 30 years experience. You’ll also get an invite to our exclusive launch event and a thank you Tweet and Facebook post sent out to all our followers.

£175 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£175 Reward

Get your very own apple tree. The perfect gift reward that keeps on giving. You’ll also get a limited edition The Apple Tree tote bag, a thank you Tweet and Facebook post sent out to all our followers and an invite to our exclusive launch event.

£200 or more

£200 Reward

Become an Apple Tree Ambassador. Get one week of free classes at Goldsmiths Community Centre for you and a friend and 2 for 1 coffee or tea in The Apple Tree cafe. You’ll also get an invite to our launch event for you plus one, a limited edition The Apple Tree tote bag and a thank you Tweet and Facebook post sent out to all our followers.

£350 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£350 Reward

Become an Apple Tree Ambassador. Get free classes at Goldsmiths Community Centre and 2 for 1 coffee or tea in The Apple Tree cafe for you an a friend for two weeks. You’ll also get an invite to our launch event for you plus one, two limited edition The Apple Tree tote bags and a thank you Tweet and Facebook post sent out to all our followers.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Become an Apple Tree Ambassador. With this generous donation you'll get two weeks of free classes at Goldsmiths Community Centre for you and a friend, 'Buy one get one free' tea or coffee for 6 months, a £10 voucher for our charity shop, an invite to our exclusive launch event for you and a friend, and two limited edition The Apple Tree tote bags. You’ll also get a special thank you Tweet and Facebook post sent out to all our followers.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Become an Apple Tree Ambassador. With this generous donation you'll get one month of free classes at Goldsmiths Community Centre for you and a friend, 'Buy one get one free' tea or coffee for a year, a £20 voucher for our charity shop, an invite to our exclusive launch event for you and a friend, and two limited edition The Apple Tree tote bags. You’ll also get a special thank you Tweet and Facebook post sent out to all our followers.


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