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The Red Brick Story – can you help?

The Red Brick Building is an innovative community-owned social enterprise registered as a Community Benefit Society.

In 2009 local people saved the former Morland’s Factory buildings from demolition as an asset for the community. In the last six years’ we have raised close to £1million (£830,000 for the restoration) through community shares, grants and local investment from individuals to restore two of the three derelict buildings. These have been turned into a vibrant community space for all ages providing a place to meet, work, train and relax.

We provide: affordable hot desk space; workspaces for social enterprises and small businesses; artisan workshops; a youth club for 11-16yrs; a community garden; and spaces hosting a variety of events including regular gigs, classes, workshops and exhibitions.

We host: a weekly homeless drop-in, regular wellbeing sessions and offer a range of volunteering opportunities as well as providing training, skills and networking.  We aim to develop our work with young people helping them to reach their full potential.

Our tenants include: the award-winning Bocabar restaurant; Glastonbury FM radio station; Barnardo’s and Elim Connect, as well as small businesses including an architect, property agent, book publisher, costume maker and fine artists.

We are working towards financial sustainability and generate income wherever possible – but we haven’t reached that stage yet! We need people who value what we’re doing to support us financially to meet this shortfall for the next one to two years to enable us to continue.

We’ve been working on our business plan and budget for the next three years and these show that we need a minimum of £40,000 in 2018 to cover our costs so that we can continue to deliver and develop our community benefit.

Please donate to help us meet this target. Thank you!