“Access For All” Ramp Project
The Hub continued to meet every Tuesday over the summer period and was able to offer the pre-school garden for supervised children’s play during the holidays which was very popular. In July work started on the demolition of the outhouses between the church halls and recycling of the bricks and stones in preparation for building the new ramps to give “Access for All”. The fund-raising for the new ramps successfully reached over £18,000 which enabled work to start on both the ramps at the end of the summer. The new ramps into and around the halls were officially opened on 25thSeptember and a coffee morning on the same day raised over £300 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
We are especially grateful to the Big Lottery – Awards for All scheme that donated £10,000 towards the project. They fund projects that help that bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities as well as projects that improve the places and spaces that matter to communities.These objectives are at the heart of what we want to achieve with the Community Hub here in St Judes. Other grant funding came from the Hobson Charity, the Rank Foundation and Persimmon Homes, City Councillors as well as local fundraising efforts. These access ramps are a real investment for the long-term use of the church halls as a community facility. THANK YOU to everyone who contributed in any way.
The opening ceremonies took place in lovely weather. Chris who cut the ribbon made the point that the new ramp will make the hall accessible to everyone who wants to come to the Community Hub.
The other new ramp will improve access to the lower hall where a full-time pre- school and other community activities take place throughout the week. Pre- school manager Jayne Garcia said the new ramp will be a great help to those arriving with pushchairs, as well as supporting both our staff, children and other visitors to access the pre-school without using steps.