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FUNDING RECEIVED FROM THE ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE FUND

June 2021

The OFS Board of Trustees is very aware of the somewhat deteriorating condition of our beautiful building and they have been trying to get funding for capital works for a number of years now. In December 2020, thanks to David McAlpine of MTW Consultants Ltd., the Trustees applied for and received £14,000 from The Architectural Heritage Fund. These much-needed funds have helped the OFS to commission architects from Deft Space and specialist heritage architects Roger Mears Architects., as well as MTW Consultants Ltd. and a team of consultants, to look at the condition of the building, and how to repair and renovate it for community benefit. The consultant team and MTW Consultants Ltd. have now successfully completed the project viability study report, which means that the OFS can now start the process of raising the funds for the proposed works. Together with Hackney Council, we will be focusing on the most urgent repairs to the roof, which will help to make the building watertight. We will also be working on developing proposals to find funding for the renovations and capital works needed to keep the OFS in the community and for the community.

We would like to thank The Architectural Heritage Fund for awarding us the funds that have enabled us to complete the first step towards securing the future of the OFS.

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is a registered charity, working since 1976 to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas. The AHF exists to help communities find enterprising ways to revitalise the old buildings they love. They help them with advice, grants, and loans. You can find them at https://ahfund.org.uk/

FUNDING RECEIVED FROM POWER TO CHANGE

December 2020

We are really pleased to share with you that the Old Fire Station Stoke Newington CIO was awarded £22,023 from Power to Change. The grant, which has come from the Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme, will help the OFS to fund extended housekeeping and reception cover, in order to keep this community building safe for the staff, occupants, and hirers.

We will also be using it to purchase additional hygiene and sanitising supplies and equipment for staff, occupants and hirers, which will help us to stop the spread of Covid-19.

A large chunk of the grant will be used for a new entry door system. This will enable all staff, occupants and hirers to safely guide their service users through the building, which will help reduce the risk of the spreading the virus or catching it by ensuring that the movements of service users are monitored once they are inside the building. This is particularly important given the layout of the building, which can make it difficult to monitor the whereabouts of any service users in the building, which means they could enter restricted areas, which are used by the nursery and Growing Communities.

The additional staff hours will be implemented until the end of April, as will the installation of the new entry system.

The Board of Trustees have said that this grant will help us to keep the building safe for community use, whilst providing key services throughout lockdown.

About Power to Change

Power to Change is the independent trust that supports community businesses in England. Community businesses are locally rooted, community-led, trade for community benefit and make life better for local people. The sector owns assets worth £890m, and comprises 9,000 community businesses across England who employ 33,600 people. (Source: Community Business Market 2019) From pubs to libraries; shops to bakeries; swimming pools to solar farms; community businesses are creating great products and services, providing employment and training and transforming lives. Power to Change received its endowment from the National Lottery Community Fund in 2015. www.powertochange.org.uk @peoplesbiz For more information please contact: press@powertochange.org.uk

About The National Lottery Community Fund

We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.  We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

FUNDING RECEIVED FROM NATIONAL NEIGHBOURHOOD TRUST

November 2020

We have remained open since March 2020, to enable key service providers to carry on providing their services to the local community. The LEYF nursery and Growing Communities have been going strong throughout lockdown and beyond. The cancellation in sessional hires has meant that our income went down drastically. It would have been difficult to keep afloat, if it were not for the National Neighbourhood Trust. We were awarded a grant to cover our retrospective costs and pay for our staff to keep the building open. We want to offer our sincere gratitude to the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust for helping to keep us afloat.

Postcode Neighbourhood Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Our organisation received £13,550 from the Trust to pay for staff and additional sanitising equipment and housekeeping hours.

Grant holders

Postcode Neighbourhood Trust www.postcodeneighbourhoodtrust.org.uk

People’s Postcode Lottery www.postcodelottery.co.uk sites

LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

January 2021

Unfortunately, we are now closed to all sessional hires during this lockdown. Our primary objective is to ensure that the key services that are currently provided by the nursery and Growing Communities stay open. We will be increasing reception hours to manage the safety of the occupants who need to work from the OFS. We hope to resume sessional hires once lockdown is lifted and we are permitted to reopen. Thank you to all our hirers for bearing with us.

May 2021

We are now open to some sessional hires. These are limited to organised activities only and we hope to start accepting bookings for social events after 21st June. We are currently not advertising any of the activities on our display board because we have to keep numbers of participants low. We hope that restrictions are eased towards the end of June. Until that time, we hope everyone stays safe.