Look In Café could close unless £50,000 is raisedBy Becky Barnes
February 22, 2013
A not-for-profit café earmarked for demolition could close altogether unless volunteers can raise £50,000 to move premises.
The Look In Community Café for the over-50s must vacate Broadway by June 4 to make way for the town centre regeneration.
Its directors fear the service could close for good unless people in Bracknell get behind a fundraising drive and help raise the cash.
Director Terry Pearce said: “It would be a real loss if it went and we would be badly missed, but we are determined to carry on.
“We are confident we can get the money we need.”
The café was run by Bracknell Forest Council until volunteers took over in 2010.
Terry continued: “It is extremely important for the over 50s and for a lot of lonely older people as well as The University of the Third Age (U3A) and local groups.
“It is a very popular place with around 100 people coming in each day.”
Volunteers have found new premises on the upper level of Charles Square, which they hope to take on a 12-month lease from Bracknell Regeneration Partnership.
It is estimated the lease, legal costs, the move and refit will cost in the region of £50,000, but the organisation has already secured £25,000 from Bracknell Forest Council, Bracknell Town Council and its own reserves.
Terry said: “We really hope we can make the rest from a variety of sources such as local businesses and other community groups.
“When The Look In was threatened with closure in 2010 the level of public support was massive. Again, we need your support.”
Directors were due to meet yesterday evening to discuss launching a campaign they may call the Look In Survival Fund.
Terry said: “There is a lot of goodwill in this town so we are very hopeful.
“After we finalise the legal aspects we are hopeful it will be weeks rather than months.
“Bracknell needs a community facility in the town centre and we are committed to ensuring that The Look In continues to serve the older population.
“Every bit of money that comes in is ploughed back into the café.”
Volunteers want to hear from anyone who can contribute to the survival fund. Visit the café and speak to the manager or email Terry at email@example.com.