Bath Place Community Venture, Leamington Spa
Description Bath Place Community Venture, Leamington Spa
Bath Place Community Venture is a charity based in Leamington Spa dedicated to enabling local people to gain access to facilities, support, information and education.
Timeline Background of BPCV 1973/4 - All Saints closed as a school and children transferred to other schools (Clapham Terrace and Shrubland Street, and the Myton Road schools for the older children) From 1974 the building emerged as a community enterprise offering informal service-provision centred on play. This soon developed into formal contracts with WCC to deliver alternative educational provision in an out-of-school environment. Expertise came from specialist staff who developed a pupil-led approach. Bath Place Community Venture hosted a range of support services for minority groups and individuals, including language support and legal and housing advice, some of which developed through the involvement of Warwick University staff and students resident in Leamington By March 2009, after 35 years of successful operation, with an annual income of £330, 000 the Venture operated five Programme Areas: Nutrition; Early Years Development; Youth Work; Meeting Space; and Learning Opportunities.
Producing 60 low cost, nutritional meals a day, the Veggie Table Café was not only meeting a community need for affordable healthy meals, it was also providing a sustainable source of income for the Venture; still largely reliant on voluntary donations or government funding. During that year, 66 youth volunteers (age 16-24), plus 30 adults supported projects ranging from a nursery providing low cost places for 25 2 - 5 year olds, to a Christmas lunch for local homeless people. On 24th September 2009 a devastating fire destroyed Bath Place’s building rendering it homeless.
It is remarkable testimony to the depth and breadth of the support for the project that the community immediately rallied to support the Venture, with a local school offering space to run the nursery, the District Council offered free use of a newly converted Creative archway space to house Bath Place staff and allow time to regroup and plan. On November 2009 Warwickshire College handed over the keys to the Old …
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