Currently the charity operates March Street Community Garden and co-ordinates all its activities out of three old porta-cabin type buildings. While these were effective in the early stages of developing and operating the charity they no longer meet the needs of charity and community, having only one toilet for the whole site, only small kitchenette facilities, and limited space in general. The cabins themselves are also now coming to the end of their natural life.
To aid this we have entered the Aviva Community Fund which requires people to vote on projects to be awarded a grant, you can add your vote here
Ultimately the Eco Hut project is about constructing a sustainable single-storey wooden structure of approximately 2000 square feet, which includes the following five essential elements:
• A meeting room / training room that will enable year round, all-weather activity, including community meetings and horticulture training etc.
• A workshop area including space for traditional craft making, safe tool storage and maintenance;
• A teaching kitchen, essential to support the delivery of “Chop, Cook and Eat” sessions focused around enabling individuals to learn about healthy food and how to prepare it in enjoyable, economical ways;
• A small office area / secondary meeting room that enables the ongoing operation of year round activities; noting this act as central co-ordination hub for all sites of operation.
• Male, female and disabled toilets, noting currently we only have one toilet on site and unsuitable situation.
• A clean room / prayer facilities noting this specific request from the Islamic Community to enable all day activities.
We are looking to construct a highly insulated wooden frame building of approximately 2000 square feet, including a number of key features:
• Green walls / green roof where possible, focused on maximising growing space and promoting a diverse ecology;
• A solar water heating system and expansion of our existing photovoltaics electricity generation system (moving towards being a self-sufficient organisation);
• A rain water recycling system;
• Use of natural and recycled material (where possible) throughout.
As an organisation, Pennine Lancashire Community Farm actively works across all aspects of the community, however, for clarity we will split these into four main categories, as follows:
• 140 BAME community members, in particular ladies from the Bangladeshi and Pakistani community, who face multiple issues including limited English / educational backgrounds / cultural conflicts etc.
• 170 adults at risk of isolation due to multiple factors including but not limited to social situations like long term unemployment, sspecific factors like substance misuse use history and associated criminality, poor mental health / ongoing mental health conditions.
• 150 children / young people, noting that 95% plus would be classed as children in need due to a number of factors including low income family households, acting a young carer, those excluded or at risk of exclusion from mainstream schools etc.
• 100 adults with learning and or physical disabilities who face multiple factors that can lead to isolation, including lack of opportunities, stigma etc.
With the Eco Hut we will:
• Increase of overall numbers engaging by 25% on each of these groups.
• Increase the number of specific activities like craft based activities, “Chop Cook and Eat” sessions on the whole highly popular with all the groups.
• Increase the number of specific craft based activities that can take place by 25% particular through the winter months.
• Continue to work with over 50 separate partner organisations including schools, health services, private business etc.