A BIT OF BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Just over a year ago we signed the lease for the former bowling pavilion in Victoria Park, after an 18month planning application journey. We've cleared needles, dog poo, endless amounts of litter. We have ACTUALLY MOVED MOUNTAINS by bringing in 1000 tons of clean top soil to sort out a soil contamination issue. So far we've spent £40k on the site, installing a new fence, fixing the soil etc.
WHAT WE NEED TO DO NEXT
Now we're ready for the next stage. During the pandemic situation we've massively increased our volunteer list and the awareness of our project. We're desperately trying to fund the refurb of the buildings so that we can start trading as soon as lockdowns lift. Please help us to make sure that our buildings are safe and fit for purpose.
A BIT MORE ABOUT THE SNAPDRAGONS PROJECT, WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
Home to the following projects, this is the sort of thing we'll be offering once our refurb is complete:
* Waldorf-inspired children's centre (Parent & Baby groups, Parent & Child groups, Kindergarten for ages 4-7, sessions for older home-educated children etc)
* Plymouth Woodcraft Folk branch
* Forest School
* Plymouth Red Tent and associated groups for local women
* Plymouth Green Man Circle for local men
* community allotment, garden, orchard and composting projects
* specialist library
* food coop
* breastfeeding support group
* venue for arts/crafts/skills/music workshops and seasonal celebrations
and much, much more!
The whole project is underpinned by an ethos of bringing communities together through nature. From babies to the elderly, we want to get people OUTSIDE and moving. Through Forest School sessions for groups of different ages (including women/men only, family friendly, kindergarten sessions, home-ed teen sessions, after school clubs etc) to our community allotment, garden and orchard , we have something for everyone. We've managed to team up with Tess Wilmot as part of her Generous Earth Community Composting project, as well as Barbara Hampson, Dorothea Orme and Helen Moore of Fashion Fix/Inner City Seeds to create a plant dye garden on site. All of these things together are getting people together , outside in all weathers, moving more. We're tackling social isolation and improving both mental and physical health and wellbeing. These smaller projects, and our volunteers day, have given us a real taste of what's to come once we're ready!
We are a team of 3 directors, now forming our committee, and a growing list of volunteers who desperately want to make this space a thriving community hub for people in the local area and beyond. We want to bring our communities together using nature and with a sustainable, local ethos. We've worked so hard over the last 3 years, getting planning permission to change the use, fixing the soil solution, turning the site from a place for anti-social behaviour into a safe and secure haven. We're ready for the next stage but have run out of money - please help us to make the dream happen! The list of jobs is endless, but the more successful this crowdfunder is, the more we can get done over the coming months. Our dream is to be up and running fully by September - can you help us?