At the Liverpool and UK Learning Community back in May the participating groups were each invited to put a bid together and pitch it to the Kx Dragons. The winners were:
£1000 for Journey Communities, Bicester Bicycle promoting a new community coffee shop. “£1,000 to buy a coffee trike, as well as the equipment and product needed, to go throughout our estate meeting our neighbours, offering free coffee, and telling them about the new coffee shop.”
£500 for Wirral Christian Centre Church, “‘Night Church’ for Birkenhead. This would be a safe and welcoming Christian space of spiritual enquiry and encounter.”
£250 for Salvation Army, Stonycroft community meal for a recently formed community.
Here is an update from all the projects involved:
1st place: Journey Communities, Bicester
“As we pitched, we used the money to buy a coffee trike. We had to invest a few hundred more to complete the project, but we couldn’t have done it without the Dragons. So, again, huge
thanks to them for their generosity.
We used it back in July at a school fete, but then waited for the shop to begin constructions before we took it out again. Last weekend we took it out around our neighbourhood and had
numerous conversations with people about the new coffee shop, served them free coffee, and even had two people ask for jobs. We plan to go out a lot more in the next few weeks as we
continue to promote the shop and meet our neighbours.”
2nd Place: Wirral Christian Centre Church
“As part of our development toward a sustainable Night Church, I’ve had conversations with the Wirral Street Pastors coordinator, who is supportive and keen to partner with us. I’ve also had
conversations regarding a launch venue, which is ready to go. Our youth pastor has also worked with some of our youth team and some of our 1619s to develop an ‘After Hours’ youth venue for those who are transitioning out of youth clubs and need a space/community for the next stage of life. This launches September, and will be a bridging community for launching the Night Church.
Lastly, I’ve a meeting with some of our student and young adults in a week, when we’ll get planning to launch the Night Church, so will keep you posted. ”
3rd place: Salvation Army, Stonycroft
I’m pleased to say we spent the money we won from the Dragons’ Den on Saturday, going out for a meal with the group of recovering addicts we went to a place called the Brink in town which is a dry restaurant and bar everyone had a great time”
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