Weʼre raising £2,500 to help the Owl Tree Children's café survive temporary closure in the wake of Covid19
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The Owl Tree Children’s café is a not for profit community interest company, established and designed to offer affordable, accessible support for parents and carers of pre-schoolers.
We have been forced to temporarily close our doors as a result of Coronavirus and govt. advice surrounding gatherings. Our customers are the heart of our business and without you we cant survive. Your safety means it would be irresponsible of us to remain open.
We are however not a big business, despite our recent success, our incomings equate to our outgoings with no surplus. The recent downturn in business and ceasing business part way through the month has left us with a deficit.
We really want to put the business into a “dormant state”, not wrapped up but equally not trading but we do need some funding to do this. We also want to do the right thing and pay our staff until the end of the month where possible.
The staff at the Café ALL started as volunteers, all have given way above and beyond what would be expected from a normal job role and they are one of the main reasons that the café is such a welcoming and friendly place.
Our friends at Redhouse Farm Football Club have been exceptionally generous in waiving rent during this period of closure and we are grateful. WE have however got contractual obligations, Direct Debts, insurances etc that cannot be cancelled unless we were to “wind up” the business.
We will be turning to any Govt. funding made available in the coming months, but with no clear directive on what or how to access this, we are turning to our loyal customers to ask for your support.
We are looking for donations, of whatever you can afford to help us pay all existing commitments and remain afloat with ongoing commitments for the next couple of months. If you would be willing to donate your average entry fee or even entry fee and cake cost, this will all help towards putting us in a fighting position to come back from this as soon as we can.
By way of a thank you for your ongoing support, we will be reaching out via our website and Facebook pages with themed play and creative ideas, online songtime and storytime. We are partnering with another fabulous local Business Create:Relate to hopefully help all you wonderful parents and carers. https://www.facebook.com/create.relate.newcastle/
With so much thanks for all your support to date and hopefuly in the future
All at the Owl Tree Children’s Café CIC
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- 2 months ago
Hannah Tait2 months ago
80% of target! £2000 in less than a week! We are so grateful for every penny donated and just as grateful for all your kind words of support. It's reassuring to know that we meant a lot to so many. Please keep checking into our facebook page for our weekly craft and play suggestions courtesy of Sarah from Create:Relate and song time at 10am starting tomorrow and every weekday. (I am definitely going to have to make up some new songs!)
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- 3 months ago
Hannah Tait3 months ago
69% of our target in 2 days! you lot are a thoughtful, loyal and generous bunch! We ALL appreciate your support and hope to be back as soon as it is safe to do so! Please do check our facebook page daily for crafty and play inspiration and make sure you join us for songtime every weekday from Monday!
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May 4, 2020
Thanks for your wonderful youtube videos! We are enjoying them and helping us through lockdown! xx
May 1, 2020
Apr 22, 2020
We miss yous loads love Lottie and Hattie xx
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 9, 2020
Grandma and Grandpa
Apr 6, 2020
We love bringing our granddaughter to Owl Cafe. Hope to see you again soon.Love your songs Hannah !
Apr 3, 2020
Hopefully this wonderful community cafe can survive these tough times.
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