The Swindon Hub says it has met its fundraising target, thanks to the donations from individuals and businesses in the local area.
At the start of November, The Swindon Hub launched a campaign that aimed to raise £5,000 by the end of the month in order to keep the lights and heating on over the winter.
With just over a week remaining of the crowdfunder, over £6,000 has now been raised for the Hub facility.
The team say the most notable donation came from Sovereign Housing Association.
Based in the building that was previously River Island building within the Swindon Town Centre, The Swindon Hub opened in November 2021.
It is run by volunteers and provides a safe and accessible space for the community to meet, work, play, discuss, learn and share resources.
The Swindon Hub team say it is their mission is to empower, promote cooperation and build connections within the community that help make Swindon a better place. They added that this funding will help Swindon Hub continue to work to reduce or remove barriers that people may experience when using the space to ensure it is accessible, visible, inclusive and open to all.
The donations will also help Swindon Hub to organise more events that promote local shops, host a range of activities and workshops, and keep its café open.
Although the Swindon Hub target has been met, the crowdfunder will remain open until 28 November 2022. There is now a stretch target of £7000.
The team say if this amount is reached it will help Swindon Hub provide hot drinks and soup for free, to those in need through the winter too.
Donations to the Swindon Hub can still be made at: bit.ly/heat-the-hub
Claire Quant, Volunteer and Member of the Board of Trustees at Swindon Hub said: “We cannot thank the people of Swindon enough and Sovereign Housing Association for pledging to this very special cause. I feel honoured to be part of The Swindon Hub and very grateful to those who support us”.
Sarah Fordham, Communities Manager at Sovereign Housing Association said: “We’re delighted to be supporting The Swindon Hub with its ambition to provide a warm and safe space for the local community to gather over the winter months.
“The cost-of-living crisis is having a big impact on local communities. As a result, we’re pleased to be increasing the support we provide to community groups focusing on helping the most vulnerable at this very uncertain time”.
More information about the Swindon Hub can be found at https://www.facebook.com/hubswindon