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The New Porch Building

Building the new Porch!

Our existing Porch building in Magdalen Road is ageing and not capable of meeting the increasing demand for our services.

We have been desperately in need of a larger space where we can provide an extended range of wheelchair accessible services. In January 2020, the Porch was able to purchase a former church just 100 yards away – a much larger building which will allow us to support more homeless and vulnerably housed people and to expand our range of support. The extra space will also mean we can support Oxford city to provide more safe sleeping spaces at the harshest times of the year.

Although we’ve increased our delivery of meals, Covid means we can’t provide any showers or our laundry service from our old building.

The new building is urgently needed and Covid and its longer term impact has made it even more relevant right now!

Jon Fitzpatrick (Porch Director), Lorraine Green (Catering Manager) and Guy Scotece (Project Manager) at the new Porch building. (Photo: Oxford Mail).

Purpose-built facility

We consulted the staff team and the members to help design a purpose-built facility that will become a vibrant community hub.

Wider range of services

The new Porch building will let us support more people with a wider range of services.

Safe & accessible

All services will be safer and less crowded for our members and our team and all will be wheelchair accessible.

Our new building will offer …

  • Café & dining area
  • Wheelchair accessible toilets & showers
  • Laundry facilities
  • Clothing store
  • Fully equipped training kitchen & kitchen store
  • Quiet room, treatment room & women’s only area
  • Confidential assessment room
  • Two fully-equipped activity rooms
  • Computer training room
  • Conference & training room
  • Resource library

 

Our new building and Covid

While we raise the remaining funds to complete the full refurbishment and move from our old premises, we have temporarily converted the new building so we can provide meals and showers to a key target group of rough sleeping members indoors (all other members will be served at the door to ensure social distancing). The second national lockdown of 5th November 2020 means this extra service was even more relevant.

So we have expanded our service from lunch only to lunch and dinner provision.

The Fundraising Challenge

We now need to raise funds to complete the building’s refurbishment as a vibrant community hub offering a much wider range of fully accessible services.

We have selected the best value for money plan for this refurbishment and we thank all the individuals and groups that have already donated to us.

But because we’ve been asked to expand our service through the pandemic, we’ve had to concentrate on raising funds to cover extra everyday running costs.

Although the pandemic makes the future uncertain… this new space will be safer for our team and our members.

The pandemic means that most large funders have put on hold support to projects such as ours but we believe strongly that the new building does address Covid and its fallout, so we are launching a local campaign to raise funds to get us working in the building as soon as possible!

What you can do

Our first target is to raise the £22,500 required to complete the new kitchen and laundry area at the building. We’ve already gratefully received seating and catering kitchenware that will finish these areas but we need to get the conversion work underway.

If we can achieve this, your support will help leverage any additional funding from grant-giving bodies and help us finish our refurbishment as quickly as possible.

If we are fortunate enough to go further, any additional funds will be allocated to the purchase and installation of a platform lift (£18,500) – this will be the key stage in making all our new services fully wheelchair accessible.

All under one roof!

By donating you will be helping us set up our new Porch building as a vibrant local hub in 2021, providing:
Lunch and evening meals, showers, laundry, advice, support, counselling and training …uniquely all under one roof!

Please click here to donate to our Building Appeal (link to bank details: The Porch / Lloyds Bank PLC BX1 1LT / 30-12-51 / 36492968)

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for news on our upcoming winter campaign.

For more information please contact: roger@theporch.org.uk

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3 months ago

Aspire Oxford
Our weekly Women’s Hub with Oxford Gatehouse is back tomorrow - with the following sessions for May, focused on wellbeing:➡️ 12/05: A session at The Porch Day Centre allotments, with an al fresco lunch 👩‍🌾🍃🍎➡️ 19/05: A crystal workshop with Caroline from Aspire, held at The Gatehouse 💎➡️ 26/05: A gong and Tibetan singing bowl sound bath session, with Teena from Aurora Sound Therapy and Reiki Centre, held at The Gatehouse 🎶For more information about the Women’s Hub hosted at the Gatehouse, contact womenshub@aspireoxford.co.uk 📨#workingtochangelives #aspireoxford #oxfordgatehouse #womenshub #oxfordwomenshub #womenshuboxford ... See MoreSee Less
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Small market, big dreamsDid you know that, when you shop with us, all your money goes directly to local producers, business and charities? Since the Covid outbreak, we are proud to have donated over £2000 to local community groups and charities (including Oxford Food Hub, Wolvercote Young Peoples Club and The Porch Day Centre), and to have supported dozens of local businesses.It is thanks to your loyal custom, to our brilliant stall holders and to our hard-working community of volunteers that this is possible. Thank you one and all! ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

The Porch Day Centre
Yesterday our allotment group went on an excursion to Hardwick Estate together with Turning Point's allotment group. Hardwick Estate is an organic and sustainably run estate close to Reading. We learned about the methods of organic growing they use, and we learned how they dye wool using natural dyes they grow and forage themselves. We had a really fun day and we learned a lot! ... See MoreSee Less
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8 months ago

Oxford Hub
Hillsong Church Oxford have so generously collected donations from their congregation, and created Christmas & Easter hampers for some of the people that Oxford Hub have been supporting since the start of the pandemic. They have extended this incredible offer again this year, and are making up hampers to deliver to some of those vulnerable people within Oxford who may need a pick-me up during the festive period. Thank you so much to Craig Hillsong Church for spreading festive cheer again! And a big shout-out to other community organisations in Oxford who are bringing festive cheer to people around the city, including Oxford Mutual Aid Oxford Community Action The Porch Day Centre and many more 🌟[ID: two people standing in front of a Christmas tree holding presents] ... See MoreSee Less
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The Radcliffe Orchestra held a wonderful concert to raise money for us on Saturday. Thank you to all of those that were involved and to those that attended - that support has meant we have raised over £1,000! Thank you. @PorchDayCentre #Homelessness

Radcliffe Orchestra's spring concert in aid of The Porch on 12 March. Tickets available from nicol@theporch.org.uk @PorchDayCentre #Homelessness #Oxford

Our Winter newsletter is at
https://theporch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Winter-Newsletter-2021-1.pdf
Wishing you a happy and safe Christmas and New Year!
@PorchDayCentre #homeless #LeaveALightOn

All of us at The Porch would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas and New Year! Please see our Christmas "jingle" designed by our talented friend Matthew Buckley...
https://youtu.be/mt0FhzSPS8k

We've just launched our Christmas appeal - "Leave a Light On". We would love you to help us by supporting our centre over the Christmas period and allowing us to stretch our resources to help even more vulnerable people. Please take a look... https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/LeaveALightOn

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