The Truro Lifehouse

by Jeremy Putnam in Truro, England, United Kingdom

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We're fundraising for the construction of the Truro Lifehouse a community facility for all people but with a bias toward the most vulnerable

by Jeremy Putnam in Truro, England, United Kingdom

In 2016 the church community and local partners took the decision to embark on renovating and rebuilding the community facilities in Highertown, Truro to better serve the local community. Since then we have been listening carefully to residents, organisations and other partners as to what might be needed to support community life, and more specifically people in Truro and the surrounding area that struggle most with life. 

Since completing this 12 month long listening exercise (pdf document) we've been working on the design. With Transformation Cornwall, Falmouth University and our architects (Lilly Lewarne) we developed the best design possible. We decided that the design should have the most vulnerable people in mind first, and for the building, and all that goes on inside, to convey our desire for life to be easier for us all. With this in mind, we've worked hard to create spaces for young and old, and to establish spaces of welcome for people living with dementia related illness (sensory garden spaces), people with specific accessibility requirements (inc. changing spaces), and formal and informal meeting spaces for small to medium support groups, all sustainable and resourced. We are creating new jobs for the area and creating dedicated officer time for the promotion of volunteering and paid community roles (Business Plan 2018) (Financials)

Our current community facilities, that are in dire need of repair and renovation are used as a meeting space for a number of activities including: 

Cornwall Fairtrade Hub, Truro Foodbank, Food for Change Partnership, Kernow Credit Union, Cornwall Refugee Resettlement Network, Cornwall Children's Clothes Bank, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide, Alcoholics Anonymous, Truro Memory Cafe, Singing for the Brain, Acts 435, Thursday Club, Parenting and Wellbeing Course, 14th Truro Girlguides, Drink Drive Rehabilitation, Reedin Partnership, Toddler Sense, Baby Ballet, Toddle Parent and Toddler Group, Penn an Dre Resident's Association, Trefoil Guides, Slimming World, Cornwall Community Choir, Kenwin Barton Gilbert & Sullivan Singers, City of Truro Male Choir, All Saints Friends Group, NCT Classes, Christians Against Poverty, Sanctuary in Cornwall events, Health Promotion CCC.

The Truro Lifehouse will provide new spaces for all these activities and groups, and also increase capacity so we can host even more. It will include a Community Cafe, a large hall and conference room, along with additional outdoor spaces. Your support at this stage is crucial to the project. We have exhausted all funds for phase 1 of this project and now need to raise £6468 to cover the cost of the planning application.





This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

Donor Book

Every donation above £25 will be recorded in the donor book which will be kept in the church and displayed at our annual All Saints patronal festival. It can also be viewed by request at any time. Each entry will be recorded in the name of the donor or in memory of a loved one. A short message can also be recorded beside each entry.

£20 or more

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Launch Diner

Become a Launch Diner. Support the project and book your ticket now for the launch dinner. The estimated finish date is October 2020 and your donation will ensure you'll be there when we cut the ribbon. Donate £20 and you'll get a special invitation for a guided tour of the new facility before we officially open the doors.

£25 or more

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Lifehouse Messenger

As a Lifehouse Messenger you get to hear from the Lifehouse Project team once a quarter via our special project magazine which begins in January 2019. You'll be first to hear about major updates via the weekly subscribed newsletter, and we hope that you'll spread the word about whats going on. As a Lifehouse Messenger you'll know when we know!

£25 or more

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Gift Certificate

By giving a gift certificate to a friend or family member you will be offering them the opportunity to gift it back to the project by redeeming it against one of the other gifts from this catalogue. This means they can top up their donation by choosing items 1 to 8, or they can pay it forward by handing it on to someone else.

£50 or more

Lifehouse Friend

With a £50 donation you can become a Lifehouse Friend. As a Lifehouse Friend you'll also receive 20% discount on hall and room hire (starts now) and 15% on drinks from the Lifehouse Cafe up to one year after we launch. By becoming a Lifehouse Friend you'll be supporting the project now and receiving something back later.

£75 or more

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From the Start

The Truro Lifehouse has been in the making for a long time. Community consultation, design work and planning has taken over two years. By donating now before the building is complete, you will be contributing to the crucial support needed 'from the start'. By donating £75 you can gift an A3 framed copy of the architect's drawings to a friend or family member and know for yourself that you were there at the beginning.

£100 or more

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Every Year Honoured

All Saints Church started life as a Mission Chapel in 1888 and was planted in Highertown by the Parish Church of Kenwyn. 130 years on and All Saints finds itself in a rapidly growing community. By donating £100 you will be helping us retell the story of Highertown from within the new building so we can honour the whole story that we are still writing together.

£100 or more

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Every Square Treasured

In the new building there will be just under 9800 square feet of usable community space, and every inch is treasured. We like to think that each square foot represents one person who we want to support and encourage through the life and activities of the new building every year. By donating £100 you will be helping us make that vision possible.

£100 or more

Donor Wall

We want to be able to give thanks to everyone who has helped bring this project to fruition. Each donation of £100 will be recognised on our wall of thanks which will be situated in the new community cafe. Your name, or the name of a loved one will remain as a visible sign of how this project was completed through the support and generosity of many people.

£150 or more

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A Chat with Friends

We want to create a warm and welcoming environment that encourages friends to sit together and talk together. There will be over 250 chairs used in the new community facility in spaces like the hall, sanctuary and community cafe. A gift of a chair to the project will bring people together.

£200 or more

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Solar Power

The design for the new building includes 110 solar modules to draw down energy from the Sun. This will enable us to heat and light the building using renewable energy alone. Each solar module costs £200 and will be mounted to the roof of the new community building. We believe it is crucial for us to build a community facility that is sustainable for the long term.

£250 or more

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Sensory Garden

We will be building a special garden that is designed to help people with memory loss and dementia related diseases. When you make a gift contribution through the gift catalogue, specifically for the garden we will include a 6" x 2" plaque in memory of a loved one, or in recognition and thanks for someone special in your life.

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