A RALLYING call gone out to Droitwich businesses to get behind an ambitious campaign to raise £30,000 towards funding a new community hub for the town.
The Cabin will cost £150,000 to create but £120,000 has already been secured through a Wychavon Community Legacy Grant via the town council which had to select to schemes for this year’s funding.
And this week the project received another £5,000 boost from the King George V Sports Association CIC which is keen to support the whole Droitwich community, as well as the town’s sports clubs.
Students, staff and others linked to Droitwich Spa High School have been raising funds and Droitwich Means Business, which is leading the scheme with school and the town council, are hoping the remaining £25,000 will be pledged by local companies.
Rob Giles from Droitwich Means Business said: “We are delighted to have been part of this successful bid for what will be a key centre for the Droitwich Spa community, helping us all grow stronger as we start to rebuild and prepare for 2021.
“We would like to thank King George V CIC for its support and encourage other donations (big or small) so we can start building work for ‘The Cabin’ as soon as possible.
Richard Whittall, from the King George V Sports Association CIC, said: “I think it is brilliant – just what is needed in the town which is why we wanted to support it.
“Currently there is a lot of focus on the virus but once that is over we will need projects like this for the community.
“People are really looking out for each other at the moment and supporting causes and hopefully more will join us in getting behind this one.”
The Cabin would be a stand-alone wooden building next to ‘The Centre’ at Droitwich Spa High School which helps all students to adapt and effectively integrate into high school life.
The project, so far backed by the high school and sixth-form, local businesses, Droitwich Town Council and residents, would support the community by offering adult learning and education programmes, community meetings and family information events.
It would also be used by the police, for social care, special educational needs, the health service and more.
Courses being mooted include first aid qualifications, ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) sessions and computer skills.
It is hoped all the funding will be in place by September.