The below blog was written by Bridend Farmhouse:
Support the new Bridgend Farmhouse community hub!
We want to ensure Bridgend Farmhouse, on Edinburgh’s Old Dalkeith Road, is a successful and thriving community hub where the whole community can learn, work and grow together for generations to come. You now have a unique chance to help make this a reality!
Back in 2010, local residents met to discuss plans to turn the then deserted farmhouse into a community hub. Eight long years later, thanks to the dedication and hard work of many committed volunteers, and a £1m “Investing in Communities” grant from the The Big Lottery, almost 1,000 people attended the Grand Opening of the fully restored farmhouse in March, and a wide range of groups of all ages and backgrounds are now using the centre on a regular basis.
But this is just the beginning – we – the Bridgend Farmhouse Trustees – are now offering YOU the chance to be a part of this exciting and inspirational venture. By buying a “Community Share” you will be a part owner of Bridgend Farmhouse! You will have an equal voice in how the farmhouse and all its exciting activities are run – the training kitchen and (dog friendly) community cafe, the workshops, the garden, the education and skills programmes, the arts and music and special events.
The minimum investment is just £25 and if you are a tax payer you may be able to get 50% of your investment back through a tax-incentive scheme to encourage investment in social and new enterprises. We hope to raise £50,000 to meet the final restoration costs, to extend the cafe opening hours and offer an even wider range of community development projects.
To invest, or just to find out more, please see Crowdfunder. If you want to look around and meet staff and volunteers come along to our volunteer drop in sessions from 11am – 3am on Wednesdays or Sundays.
And please share and spread the word:-)