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Abbey Access Training bid for funding

Posted on 7th May, 2015 by Lincoln Against Poverty

Abbey Access Training has submitted an application to the Aviva Community fund to help them buy new equipment to re-open the Arboretum Cafe.

You can cast your vote for them by following the step-by-step instructions below:

1. Click on the link below
2. Register in the vote box using your email address and a password of your choice
3. You will then be sent a link to your email account
4. Open your email
5. Click on the link in your email
6. Log back into Aviva
7. Find our project by using the search box – Abbey Access
8. You can submit up to 10 votes at once



Abbey Access Training


Here’s the information about the bid taken from Aviva’s website:

Abbey Access Training is a charity based organisation that sits within the top five per cent of deprived wards in the country, with health deprivation in the top one per cent.
The area suffers from high unemployment, low income, poor social housing, financial deprivation, isolation issues and serious health and life expectancy issues including mental health, drugs and alcohol problems.
The Centre has a Café attached to the building and for the last 6 years the Café has been privately rented to a catering company. This contract has come to a natural end and has provided an opportunity to bring the Café into an integral part of its business to help reduce deprivation in the area. We aim to set up:
• A community Café and meeting place
• Training facilities and programmes for unemployed individuals
• Delivery of healthy cooking classes by teaching individuals how to shop and cook healthy meals on a budget
• Delivery of surgeries for mental health, drugs and alcohol support
• Delivery of fitness classes to promote and improve health (Yoga, Keep fit, Dance, etc)
•  Delivery of craft classes, bingo, etc to engage the community and help individuals overcome their isolation barriers
 •Delivery of budgeting classes to help financial deprivation
The Café and Training Centre sit within a public park with a healthy footfall of local residents requiring refreshments and a social meeting place. We are therefore seeking funding to support the re-opening of the Café as a public place seven days a week, including evenings for classes.
Abbey Access Training already delivers a successful employability programmes to support the unemployment agenda in the City. We currently engage annually 300+ individuals onto our programmes, with an 85 per cent positive progression and 40 per cent into employment. Our provision will support development of the training facility, work experience opportunities, work related qualifications, healthy eating classes and budgeting workshops. This will help develop a sustainable social enterprise that tackles deprivation in the area and encourages individuals to move into employment in catering/hospitality.
The funding we are seeking from Aviva will support the:
•Purchase of new catering equipment that has been removed by the previous owners (Fridges Freezers, Cooker)
•Purchase of crockery and cutlery
•Purchase of initial food and drink stock and food for the delivery of healthy eating cooking classes
•Refurbishment of the Cafe, installing new lighting, redecoration, flooring and furnishings
•Advertisement and marketing of its facility and the range of provision
•Volunteer support costs including personal protective equipment, travel costs
•Engagement activity with the local community to take part in work experience in the cafe with a view to progressing into employment in the Catering and Hospitality Sector
•Engagement activity with the local community to engage in health cooking classes, fitness and craft classes
•Resources and equipment for fitness classes and clubs
We will focus particularly on engaging:
• Long-term unemployed
• Economically/educationally challenged
• Socially excluded/hardest to reach
• Multiple barriers to employment (Ex-offenders, mental health, drugs and alcohol problems)
• Individuals to meet the skills gaps and economic growth in hospitality
We will work closely with:
• Referring agencies/Hospitality employers/local groups
We will widen participation by engaging hard to reach groups and:
• Move individuals closer to the labour market and/or Into secure employment
• Reduce the risk of re-offending, returning to homelessness, return to drugs, alcohol, mental health problems
• Improve health, cooking and budgeting skills
• Improve fitness
Once the Cafe is set up our employability programme will deliver a set programme that delivers work experience, employability skills and relevant catering qualifications to aid progression into employment (Level 2 Food Hygiene/COSHH/Customer Service).