After six years of bringing people across the community together, the local social enterprise called Restore, which had been operating at St John’s Church Hall in Whitborne Avenue since August 2011, has closed.
Restore was created as a Social Enterprise by Swindon Christian Community Projects (SCCP), who also run Swindon Foodbank, to bring volunteers together to run a profitable enterprise consisting of a shop, a café, a garden project and a woodworking project. The aim was to become a pivotal part of the community in the Parks and Walcot which enabled those involved to grow in confidence, self-esteem and in belonging.
In July SCCP took the decision to suspend the operation and conduct an in depth strategic review. This has resulted in the decision to close the project because the Restore model proved to be unsustainable both financially and operationally.
Bob Hayward from Swindon Christian Community Projects said:
“Over the last six years many different people have come together and through their commitment and dedication achieved many good things at Restore. We’re sad to see the closure of the project. While a sustainable way forward could not be found, we can all be proud of the many great things that have been achieved. It is a testimony to those who have been involved with Restore that it will be missed.”
A closing down sale will be held on the 12th, 13th and 14th October at St John’s Church Hall between 10am and 4pm each day.
The Trustees thank all who have been involved with Restore over the years.
The woodworking project started at Restore, now called The Shed, will continue. This will initially operate from the St John’s Church Hall and will move to new premises in the future once suitable premises have been found.
SCCP continues to operate Swindon Foodbank with seven Food Centres across the town, details of the Food Centres and how to apply for a Voucher can be found on the foodbank’s website: http://swindon.foodbank.org.uk
For further information please contact Bob Hayward on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0845 003 7282