Renovating Sittingbourne Methodist Church's Community Space
£50,000 to create more space for the people of Sittingbourne at busy community centre.
Funding Boost for the Community of Sittingbourne
Sittingbourne Methodist Church currently has a mixed range of community activities underway including exercise classes, parent and toddler groups, craft club, study groups, lunch club and coffee morning.
The church has undertaken an analysis of improvements that it would like to make in order to increase its outreach work and community use of the building. A range of access and energy saving improvements have already been undertaken at the front of the church however the Quinquennial review underatken in 2004 has highlighted the need for refurbishment of the rear of the premises. Lack of space and access restrictions have been identified as blockages to utilising the building for work within the community.
Users of the church have been consulted on the proposals and over £10,000 has been raised within the community to kick start the project.
The planned work includes refurbishment of the rear rooms, currently used as choir and vestry rooms, to create a large room with a partition so that two meeting rooms can be created when required.
The narrow corridors and entrance will be moved/refurbished to create ease of access into and around the building and a new disabled access toilet and new commercial kitchen will be installed.
The groups currently using the church are doing so despite its current unsuitability, so this project will be a great improvement for them. The lunch club is currently oversubscribed and the new facilities will allow for an extension to this busy session.
Jools Granville of SITA Trust said ' This organisation hopes to improve and increase community use of this already well-used facility for both exisiting users and hopefully many new groups. The Church's location at the heart of Sittingbourne's town centre location makes it a perfect place for community groups to meet.'