Since we acquired the building, via Asset Transfer from the Local Authority, we continually look to develop, modernise and add value to the building, it’s facilities, and services.
In order to do this, we need to ensure that our costs are met, our activities are viable, and excess income is generated to reinvest. We also look to secure funding, through grants, or with the help of Local & National Corporate Supporters.
Our Future Plans:
Could you help with our future plans, with funding, resources or time? Those plans are based around, but not limited to:
Develop more socially inclusive activities, organised and presented by association as well as continuing to provide the existing hire facilities;
Continue to review our facilities to meet the needs of the Framwellgate Moor and district community;
Continue to review of ways of working in the centre to keep group members safe following the reopening of the centre after Covid-19 lockdown;
Continue to develop an executive management system in conjunction with strengthening the role of the Centre Manager to ensure that the day to day activities are closely supported and enhanced;
Introduce a permanent centre management system to ensure continuity into the future for the association;
Develop the Adult hall to include a multi media system incorporating an audio visual system, with interactive screens and hearing loop therefore expanding the use of the hall for more types of socially inclusive activities and catering those members with disabilities;
Improve ventilation systems in any necessary area which which significantly reduces air-borne viruses;
Extend the building space to include another hall for use by our expanding groups;
Develop the front of the building into an open aspect gallery, cafe bar and internet space.
July 2020 funding bids – in preparation for reopening post Covid-19
In order for us to be prepared to government guidelines on reopening under the Covid-19 situation, we have applied for funding for the following items:
2020 Adult hall audio-visual system – £9,000 to the Julia & Hans Rausing Trust Fund
The nature of the bid is: “to update facilities in the Adult hall so that it becomes more accessible for people. This project will create an audio-visual system with the addition of an interactive screen and hearing loop. The Association has several users, in a more senior age range, who have hearing problems. We also accommodate Durham Deafened Support Group (who assist people suffering from impaired hearing or hearing loss, referred to the group by their GP).
The audio visual system and interactive screen will allow group leaders to be clearer and more proactive when making presentations.”
£31,669 to the National Lottery Community Fund Covid-19 over £10,000 response
The nature of the bid is:
- “This bid is to overcome the problem of groups being reluctant to start with smaller memberships or members who are in more vulnerable age ranges or have disabilities and who may not feel confident about returning to activities. We plan to subsidise hire charge by 50% and include the support of a Covid-19 Coordinator to manage groups on a daily basis. This would be a loss leader for the Association but it would allow each activity to return and grow its membership over time.
- Our cleaning regime will need upgrading with increased frequency of cleaning and the purchase of additional materials. We will establish hand-sanitising stations in the centre, updated each week, at an increased cost to normal running expenditure. Halls will need contractor fogging regularly. We anticipate that this will last for 6 months.
- Increasing ventilation reduces the virus from spreading. The Youth hall/kitchen has no window ventilation. Because of their height, we plan to replace windows with an automatic ventilated system to significantly reduce the chance of the virus spreading.
- We plan to provide PPE and install dividing screens/barriers in the office to protect staff when welcoming visitors.”