Fundraising appeal launched for former library

May 10 2016

CAMPAIGNERS have launched a £20,000 fundraising appeal to help them transform the former Eastville Library, Bristol into a community hub.

CAMPAIGNERS have launched a £20,000 fundraising appeal to help them transform the former Eastville Library, Bristol into a community hub.
The building closed as a library in March after 66 years because of budget cuts.
A group of residents formed South Lockleaze & Purdown Neighbourhood Group, a community interest company, and successfully persuaded Bristol City Council to let them develop the space.
They plan to provide activities and workshops, a community cafe, play area, edible and sensory garden, along with a community-run book swap, computers and lounge space.
The facility will be entirely run by volunteers and the intention is for it to be self sufficient, but the group needs money to launch its project, which will serve an area that is among the most deprived in the country.
It has started a crowdfunding bid to help it turn its vision into a reality. The aim is to create a hire space, separate from the community space, to provide income. The facilities need to be upgraded, equipped and made accessible.
A spokesman for the group said: “People from all walks of life, ages, and backgrounds have used this library space in the past 66 years, and the closure of this space has been devastating for children, adults, families and the elderly alike.
“We truly believe that keeping this space for the community is vital to improving the wellbeing and happiness of thousands of residents and visitors to the beautiful green space of Purdown and Stoke Park.”
You can find the appeal at www.crowdfunder.co.uk. More than £1,ooo was pledged within 72 hours of the launch.
To find out more, email southlockleaze@gmail.com