Help Insulate Our Community Building

by Shelly Quinton-Hulme in Stretford, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 27th May 2019 we successfully raised £13,797 with 503 supporters in 28 days

To install extra levels of insulation to the new Community Building to make it better for the environment & reduce our bills.

by Shelly Quinton-Hulme in Stretford, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Thank you everyone for your donations so far - extra money raised in this stretch target will be used to reduce our need for reliance on grant funding to get the building completed. All systems go go go......

1st position in the competition

1st place in the Projects that matter Greater Manchester - Most Raised

1st position in the competition

1st place in the Projects that matter Greater Manchester - Most supporters

Friends of Victoria Park

We are The Friends of Victoria Park, Stretford, and we are the group who look after the community's interest in, and run community events in the park. We formed in 2001 and are now a registered charity. The picture below is from one of our community clubs [The Monday Night Craft Club / Helen's Melons - don't ask!] that operated out of the old Community Building and will start up again once we have the new Community Building.

What we are doing - the Background

Ever since we were granted access to the old Community Building from Trafford Council [almost 10 years ago] we knew we needed a bigger, brighter, safer, more modern, space and as such we started planning how to get a new building. We are now on the cusp of realising our dream as we are weeks away from starting demolition. - UPDATE - The Old Community Building is now gone as of 4th May! This new Community Building will allow us to operate a new way of funding our park through the community cafe [The Tearoom] and the hire of the Community Room with all profits to be ploughed back into park improvements and community events and running the Community Building.

The Community Room will also allow us to improve our Community Group offerings to further Stretford's community cohesion. The Friends of Victoria Park have been granted funding from Trafford Council for £120,000.00 and we raised a further £30,000.00 from our crowdfunder last summer and it leveraged a further £22,500.00 from Trafford Council.

What's happening next?

The Friends of Victoria Park have been beavering away in the background to get this project moving [There is so much red tape involved!] and we are still hopeful that we can complete the build this summer. The Building has now been demolished as of the 4th May and groundworks should commence in a few weeks time.

Building Progress

We are still short of total funds [approx £50k] for the completed building and furnishing, and we are waiting to hear back from a funding application which would ensure we had enough to finish the building to the high standards we want - but we are pressing ahead as we want to get this built, as we need the facility for so many other things to slot into place - we have such exciting things coming to the park - we can't wait to share them with you. If anyone wants to pop the last £50k into the build - just let us know!!!

These are the plans for the ground floor of the new Community Building

Why we are crowdfunding again?

We didn't want to come back to you with the begging bowl so soon after our amazingly successful crowdfunder last year - but an ideal opportunity emerged for us that we could not resist. We saw that Marks & Spencer were interested in supporting environmentally sustainable campaigns through Crowdfunder UK so we submitted an expression of interest to use this funding to upgrade our building insulation for the walls, roof, and floor, so that we are better for the environment and have lower heating costs forever. This will build upon the building's sustainability aspects we have already in place from the last crowdfunder and ensure that our building is as 'green' as possible. M&S liked our project and we were selected to take part.

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M&S will give £5k to the project that raises the most money during this 4 week campaign and £5k to the project with the most individual supporters. [We can only win one of these!]. There are 15 campaigns that have been selected across the country. You've got to agree it's great odds - We can win this Stretford! 

This extra money from M&S, if we can win it, will mean that we can get closer to our perfect building much sooner, and if we don't win it - we still get increased insulation to the building - we win no matter what!

Thank you!




This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

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In thanks of your donation we will give you one of our wonderful branded mugs - who could want more?

£5 or more

Our Eternal Thanks

Everyone who wants one and pledges £5 will be emailed a certificate of our eternal thanks.

£15 or more

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Murder at the Disco Event

One ticket for the 'Murder at the Disco' event to be held in Stretford Public Hall on Sat 5th October from 7-9.30pm. [All previous ticket holders from the last crowdfunder are still valid]. Come and pit your wits against the Friends of Victoria Park - one of whom is trying to conceal their guilt - can you guess who the murderer is? This will be a really fun evening with an onsite bar available to get you through the night!

£15 or more

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An insulated Coffee Cup

We will give you a free FOVPS insulated coffee cup for you to use whenever you are out and about with our wonderful new logo on it.

£15 or more

Tea and cake

If you donate £15.00 we will give you a voucher to redeem a cup of tea or coffee and a big slice of cake when the community cafe is up and running.

£20 or more

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2 hr crochet or knitting lesson with Helen Ardley

Helen Ardley will teach you or help you improve your skills to crochet or knit in a one to one, 2 hour session in the wonderful new community building.

£20 or more

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Water Bottle

We will give you a free reusable FOVPS branded infuser water bottle when you visit the cafe for the first time on production of the voucher that will be emailed to you. The cafe will not have any single use plastic products and as such this fits our ethos for a sustainable future.

£20 or more

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Free 4 hour babysitting session

One of our lovely local childminders / appropriate adults will come and babysit for you for an evening while you go out to play - but like Cinderella they need to be home by midnight!!

£25 or more

Tea and Cake for 2 people

If you donate £25 we will give you a free pot of tea / coffee and a BIG slice of cake each in the new community cafe when it is up and running - a lovely way to enjoy time in our wonderful park.

£30 or more

Afternoon tea for 2

A selection of finger sandwiches and cake and tea/coffee for 2 in our lovely community cafe when we are up and running.

£40 or more

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Inscribed Brick

Buy an engraved brick for our supporters wall - you can have you text engraved onto the brick and then we will use it on our wall. A great way to show your support for the building for ever. You can have two lines of text each line having 16 characters this includes spaces

£50 or more

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Jewellery Making Session

Jewellery making session The lovely Heather Jones will hold a workshop to make a copper pendant and earrings with you. Sawing, stamping and hammering, forging and soldering copper sheet into fabulous jewellery for you to keep. All materials will be provided as will refreshments to keep you happy for this four hour workshop.

£100 or more

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A ticket to a celebration event in the building

Come to an exclusive celebration event in the community building to say thank you. You will also get a certificate of thanks.

£500 or more

CSR / Team Building Day

CSR Day / Teambuilding day This is one for local businesses who want to support the park. We will plan and deliver with you one CSR day within the park for a team of up to 15 people. It will be tailor-made to suit you and your staff / teams requirements and we guarantee that you will have a great day with us. Refreshments for the day are included.

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