Swindon’s new town centre community hub has launched its Kick-off Crowdfunder appeal.
The Hub, which aims to provide a welcoming and affordable town-centre venue for classes, meetings, exhibitions and concerts, is asking Swindon residents to chip in whatever they can.
The crowdfunding appeal has a target of three thousand pounds, which will cover start-up costs including insurance and servicing the customer lift, as well as vital updates to fire, safety and security systems.
Volunteers at the Hub have produced a video as part of their crowdfunding page. As a sign of how long it has taken to get to this stage, the volunteers in the video mostly appear wearing winter clothes.
Natalie North, one of the volunteers behind the project, said: “We have arrived at an exciting point. Now the lease is signed, we are ready to turn this empty building into an amazing Hub in Swindon’s town centre.
“We are calling out to all Swindon residents to support this charitable project - we are all volunteers and it’s all not for profit."
The Hub opened its doors for the first time last Saturday - 18 September - offering a sneak preview and a chance to get involved.
Shoppers and passers-by were welcomed inside the former River Island store by volunteers.
Some of the over 100 visitors to the Hub picked up a cloth or a broom, lending a hand to the big job of cleaning and dusting. Almost two years since the last tenants moved out, plenty of dust had accumulated.
Mark Page, one of the Hub volunteers said: “It was a big job but it’s going to be well worth it when all the events and activities start happening.”
Everyone who visited was encouraged to pick up a felt pen and put their ideas down on the Dream Board, a huge sheet of paper where people could suggest what they would like to do or see in the new community centre.
Jol Rose, one of the organisers of the day, said: “We’ve had so many great ideas. Our next step is to start making those dreams real - the Crowdfunder is key to getting the place ready.”
People can support the Crowdfunder at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/swindon-hub
The Hub welcomes all offers of help or support. The team can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Swindon Hub on Facebook.