Could you help us afford essential refurbishments?
Recent visitors to the Wild Goose drop-in centre will have noticed that it’s looking more than a little rough around the edges. There’s a wonderful atmosphere, but the building itself – which also includes Life Recovery and our offices – is no longer ship-shape and Bristol-fashion.
Eight years ago, we moved from a small café on City Road to our current premises at Carpenter House. With your help we raised the £375,000 necessary to transform the building from a run-down pub into a welcoming drop-in centre for Bristol’s most vulnerable people.
Since then, we estimate that 10,000 people have been welcomed into the Wild Goose, and that we’ve served over 1 million meals. We’re extremely proud of that, as it’s a testament to the amazing support of people like yourselves – our donors and volunteers.
But the building is showing signs of serving so many people. It’s time for a refurbishment, so that small problems don’t become big ones, which would result in emergency closure and more costly repairs.
We’ve drawn up a schedule of works that need doing, ranging from addressing damp issues and replacing rotten flooring to reconfiguring our toilets, upgrading our CCTV and making our offices fit for purpose. Above all, we need to provide a safe, welcoming environment for marginalised and vulnerable people in Bristol.
And we can’t do it without your help. The total estimated cost for these essential refurbishments is £150,000. It’s not cheap, but it’s what’s required to make sure that the Wild Goose and the rest of Carpenter House is fit for the years ahead. So please consider donating to our refurbishment appeal this Christmas.
If there are other ways in which you think you can help, please get in touch with us. (Our contact details are on the inside cover.) For example, your company might be able to sponsor some of the refurbishment. Every donation, big or small, will make a difference for years to come. Each one will help provide a safe and welcoming place of hope for vulnerable and homeless people in Bristol.
However you can help, we’d be extremely grateful, as would the people who rely on the Wild Goose every day.