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Weʼre raising £150,000 to Refurbish a new premises for Southend Vineyard Storehouse Food bank and Community Cafe

Southend-on-Sea, UK
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Southend Vineyard is a Christian Church affiliated to Vineyard Churches UK and Ireland and the Storehouse is our Food Bank and Community Cafe that gives away 480 food bags each week, to those on low incomes, those caught in debt, those struggling with Universal Credit payments and the Homeless.

We currently have 3500 people registered with us, which represents 1.9% of Southend-On-Sea's population. This is a significant number of people for a charity like our own, who employ a few key staff but depend largely on members of the community to support the work of the Storehouse. You can read about the work of the Storehouse on our web page: Storehouse Website...

We operate out of a former community centre, which forms part of a massive redevelopment of the Queensway Estate. Queensway Development...

This means that we need to move out of our current building in the next year (August 2019). We have identified an ideal space close to our current facility and have secured a mortgage to purchase it. We would need to prove that we have the £150,000 required to draw down the mortgage before we can move forward with the purchase.

Why this space? Well, it is due to the geographic location, the purchase price and mortgage payments being manageable. We believe that the facility in the heart of the town centre will help in the regeneration of our High Street and provide a space for those who have nowhere to rest or pass the time during the day. We currently rent a school to hold Sunday Services as part of Southend Vineyard. Having one space means we can work out of one location and utilise the resources we already have in the new building. We currently have an office space and a charity shop in the same building so we would be drawing everything together.

We partner with Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer, Tesco, Waitrose, Lidl, Gregg's, Makro and other charitable agencies operating in Southend, to support those dependent on drugs or alcohol, those sleeping rough, those requiring support with their mental health, those struggling with debt, those with problems with housing and rent arrears, and those out of work... we seek to be a safe haven in the storm of life.

Through the food bank we provide a small amount of food each week and in the community cafe, we provide hot meals, warmth and shelter from the elements, supportive staff and volunteers willing to offer advice and support through the circumstances we face. We encourage people to seek the help available to them in the community from our partners and offer opportunities to volunteer with us in the cafe, the food bank and our charity shop.... we love doing life together... come and be part of the family.

Someone recently said that if 1000 people came together with £150, we would have raised the money needed to prove to our mortgage lender that we have the funds to purchase the premises we have chosen and move onto the next chapter of the Storehouse...

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  • Roger Newsham2 months ago
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    Roger Newsham

    2 months ago

    We have reached a point in our negotiations where we need YOUR HELP. To secure our mortgage, we have to show to the lender that we have the money to refurbish the premises we wish to purchase. We estimate this to be £150,000. This is our NEW target for our appeal going forward: If 1000 people gave £150, we would reach our target and be able to go-ahead and complete on the mortgage and start on our new journey in the Storehouse.

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  • Roger Newsham3 months ago
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    Roger Newsham

    3 months ago

    We have put together our application for a mortgage on our new premises 🎊😁 and have had confirmation that we have met the conditions for moving forward. It is now in the hands of solicitors to process the legal paperwork and get us to the exchange of contracts. We still need to continue fundraising for the refurbishment so any money that can help us to move in ASAP, would be really appreciated.

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  • Roger Newsham4 months ago
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    Roger Newsham

    4 months ago

    We are still waiting on confirmation on whether we have met the conditions of our mortgage application and believe that we have put all the pieces of the financial jigsaw puzzle together, for a decision to be made. We still have to convince the bank that we can cover all of our potential costs regarding the refurbishment of the new premises, on top of the purchase price, so if you are thinking of donating to our appeal or know someone who would like to help, we encourage you to get involved: now is the time.

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Page last updated on: 4/30/2019 08.00

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21

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 30, 2019

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 27, 2019

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 28, 2019

    £60.00

  • Hilary Scarnell

    Hilary Scarnell

    Jan 7, 2019

    So sorry that this is necessary in our very privileged area of this rich country.

    £30.00

  • Mike Smith

    Mike Smith

    Jan 6, 2019

    I hope you reach your taget and exceed it.

    £20.00

  • Paul Stygal

    Paul Stygal

    Jan 6, 2019

    £20.00

  • Leigh Brown

    Leigh Brown

    Jan 6, 2019

    £30.00

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Roger Newsham

Roger Newsham

Southend-on-Sea, UK

Roger is a Trustee of Southend Vineyard, a company limited by guarantee (No:3060009) and a charity registered with the charities commission (No: 1047393). He is also employed as the Operations Manager for the Storehouse, an outreach of Southend Vineyard Church.

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