A public thank you from TheLounge....
In our first management meeting of 2018 we reflected on the latest funding support the Lounge has received – and it is truly overwhelming.
We wanted to say a public thank-you to the generous support we recently received from:
· Alvechurch Women’s Institute
· Kings Norton Rhinos
· R.M.B Services
· The Baptist Church and its members
· The Alvechurch Community Choir
· Alvechurch Tree Care & Landscaping Ltd
The money will be used primarily for youth work; to buy resources and fund a programme of visits and activities during 2018. We also have a forward programme of interior refurbishment to undertake, alongside exterior improvements in February.
This funding is all in addition to the amazing volunteers, the generous lottery participants, and other kind organisations and people who give us ongoing support.
On behalf of the Lounge, the Trustees are truly grateful for all the assistance received – and we hope our supporters get the recognition they deserve.
November 2017 Lottery Results:
1st Place - Sam Lewis
2nd Place - Liz Dustan
3rd Place - Lyn Roberts
We are open for much of the Christmas period, so please see below for our revised opening hours.
Tuesday 19th - 9am to 3pm
Wednesday 20th - 9am to 3pm
Thursday 21st - 9am to 3pm
Friday 22nd - 9am to 3pm
Saturday 23rd 9am to 2pm
Sunday 24th - Closed
Monday 25th - Closed
Tuesday 26th - Closed
Wednesday 27th - 9am to 3pm
Thursday 28th - 9am to 3pm
Friday 29th - 9am to 3pm
Saturday 30th - 9am to 2pm
Sunday 31st - Closed
Monday 1st - Closed
Tuesday 2nd - 9am to 3pm
Wednesday 3rd - 9am to 3pm
Thursday 4th - 9am to 3pm
Friday 5th - 9am to 3pm
Saturday 6th - 9am to 3pm
Wishing all our customers a very Merry Christmas and we hope to see you over the festive season
Alvechurch Communities Together is the local charity that is behind The Lounge, in the heart of Alvechurch Village.
Our charity is planning to offer new services and activities for people of all ages living in Alvechurch and the surrounding villages.
We are running a survey that will help us find out what are the needs and interests of the members of the community and is completely anonymous.
The results will be published early 2018. If you are willing to take part, please click the link below and fill out the short questionnaire.
Thanks in advance for your time in helping us deliver a even better service to everyone.
A call out to all Co-Op Members, if you haven’t already chosen a local charity to support please consider The Lounge.
It really is super easy to do via your Co-Op members account as the short video shows.
Funding ends on 11th November and the monies raised will make a massive difference to us.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who is already supporting us and to the Co-Op
Bill Ulyett, chairman of trustees at The Lounge youth project and cafe in Alvechurch, explains how villagers can help out.
After the crisis meeting over the future of The Lounge some 18 months ago, we want to keep the village up to date with our activities, and particularly to explain how others could get involved and ensure it has a bright future.
There has been plenty going on: over the summer, young people have planned and been on trips to Ragley Hall, Drayton Manor theme park and the cinema in Redditch.
There have been sessions on money management to promote financial awareness and, as ever, a busy schedule of after-school youth activities.
We are planning three other special events during the autumn session that the young people have requested.
We are proud to report that a large number of young people take part in youth activities, and numbers keep steadily increasing. But resources are stretched – and to keep on delivering activities in a fun and engaging way we need more volunteers to help at youth club evenings.
You will have seen some works going on to improve the shopping precinct where we are based, and in the very near future the landlords will be working on the frontages.
While this gives us a chance to rethink the layout, there will be an inevitable increase in costs that we will need to pay for.
So how can you help The Lounge?
* Be part of an awesome team! Currently there is great pressure on a very small number of volunteers who are keeping the management, youth and café services going. We are keen to hear from people who wish to do the following:
* Be a Trustee: ensure the health and growth of the Lounge!
* Be on the Management Committee: offer your expertise in finance, interior design, digital media, marketing.
* Be a youth volunteer: support young people who come down in the evenings to socialise and have fun in a safe environment
* Volunteer in the café: Meet new friends, tidy the kitchen and learn how to make great coffee!
If you think that you might be able to support us, here are a few questions that usually come up:
How much time do I need to put into volunteering?
It varies from sparing a few hours occasionally, to three to four hours a week for some roles. Some roles are on a “rota” basis, so don’t require a weekly commitment.
Most of our current volunteers have other commitments such as caring or full-time work.
Do I need to be CRB checked?
No – all our youth leaders are, but it’s not necessary for volunteering.
Can I volunteer as part of my DofE activity?
Yes, we have had great support in the past on the youth work and we would like to expand this to cover such things as digital media.
Republished with kind permission of the Village Magazine
We would like to say a big thank you to all that supported us at the recent Picnic In The Park.
It was a fantasic day with amazing entries for the Bake Off all of which help bump up the money raised.
The Youth provided a some messy fun with their slime stand and the phot booth provided a popular hit.
Our volunteers did us proud with their hard work throughout the entire event, selling food and drinks, to a very apprecitive public.
All the money raised will go back into our youth and community work, helping make the Alvechurch parish a truly wonderful place to live.
Many of you will be aware that several candidates for the forthcoming elections are mentioning The Lounge in their promotional literature.
We would like to state that although some of the candidates have been either directly or indirectly in supporting The Lounge, we feel it is right that we make it clear that we, as an inclusive charity, do not endorse any of the candidates in the June elections. Any expressions of support from any members of The Lounge, either paid staff of volunteers, is purely their own opinion and not that of ACT or The Lounge