Queens Park Arts Centre has a successful fundraising track record. The commitment of the Centre’s supporters was evident during the capital project ‘The Purchase Appeal’ which was launched in 2006. £325,000 was raised to purchase the freehold of the Centre from Buckinghamshire County Council in 2009. This gave the Centre much needed security of tenure.
Attention was then focussed on the structure, appearance and facilities of the building. The Arts Centre has been operating for over 35 years in a 100 year old building. It needed structural repairs and improvements to the external façade to become watertight and energy efficient.
In 2011 over £200,000 was raised for ‘The Refurbishment Project’ and extensive repairs to the roof, windows, frontage were carried out, along with the installation of replacement signage and external lighting. A further Refurbishment Project was funded by the Williams Hardings Charity and completed in 2013. This provided the Centre with new accessible facilities and automatic doors at the main entrance.
Other recent improvements to the facilities of the Centre include; new pottery kiln (2011) re-upholstered theatre seating (2011), refurbished main gallery (funded by a national trust 2012), a bespoke integrated website and box office system (funded by Aylesbury Vale Community Chest, 2012), new technical equipment (Community Chest 2014), extensive redecoration of the main building including new Limelight Theatre equipment and storage facilities (SUEZ Communities Trust, 2016), a brand new water heater for the Coffee Bar (BMCF, 2016), the conversion of the old Annexe space into a fully-equipped Dance Studio (The Game Club, 2017), the refurbishment of our Coffee Bar facilities (AVDC Micro Grant, 2018), a new pottery kiln (The Game Club, 2019) and emergency funding to support the Centre through temporary closure during the coronavirus outbreak (Arts Council England, 2020).
How can you help?
We welcome your support. The Centre holds frequent fundraising events, please see the event pages for further details. If you would like to support the Centre in its fundraising in other ways, please contact the Artistic Director Sarah Lewis email@example.com
Vale Lottery: The Centre is now signed up as a Good Cause as part of the new Vale Lottery, which offers the local community the chance to win £20,000 whilst helping local charities and organisations to raise much-needed funds. The Lottery costs £1 per week to play, with 58p of every £1 going toward good causes. You can find out more about the Lottery (and how to support Queens Park Arts Centre!) by visiting www.valelottery.co.uk
Giving Machine: Another new fundraising initiative for the Centre is Giving Machine - a website which allows you to donate money to good causes when you shop online - and it doesn't cost you a penny! All you have to do is visit www.thegivingmachine.co.uk, sign up as a Giver, nominate Queens Park Arts Centre as your cause and then follow the link to your online shop and complete your transaction. The company you shop with then donates money to us via Giving Machine - just don't forget to access the site via Giving Machine!
For more information about the Vale Lottery or The Giving Machine simply call us on 01296 424332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.