Project Shine

Rise is a member led political party with community work at our heart. We will gain votes not by marketing spend, but by meeting community needs. By embedding ourselves in communities we will empower people. Our political representatives will be answerable to the people serving their needs first over the requirements of the party. Not that we believe community work is the end outcome for our activities. We also have a very powerful policy offering. What we want to do is connect people to our policies.

The Project

Our Shine project is to create a community launderette and ensure the project can be expanded to meet other community needs.

Important requirements:

  • Based in an industrial unit or large building to allow us to plenty of space for other activities.
  • Easily assessable to deprived communities.
  • People friendly space to allow users to enjoy the building.
  • The building’s disabled access must be as good as abled access.
  • Equipment accessible to disabled people as much as is possible and where impossible (poor machinery design for example) then assistance will be readily available.
  • The premises will lend itself to new projects as they are identified
  • The premises are suitable for use by other community organisations.
  • Not for profit, although we will carry out commercial activities to support our community projects.

Our first community laundrette is proposed for on or near the St James Estate, Doncaster. The estate has been identified as the most deprived in Yorkshire and the 55th most deprived in the country

We have checked and there are no launderettes serving this community. Our community centres will be free to users and will provide:

Phases One

  • Washing machines
  • Dryers
  • Ironing facilities
  • Coffee and social area

Phase Two

  • Advice sessions (provided by union reps etc)
  • Bed linen laundering
  • Community workshops to understand needs
  • Free pre-packaged food as available

Phase Three

  • Shower facilities
  • Clothes for interviews
  • Kringloop
  • Possibly a cafe

The project in Doncaster will act as a template for roll out throughout the country, with changes made to the model based on lessons learned.

Costing – First 2 Phases

Costing – Phase One

Year One – Capital and Expense

DescriptionGBPTotalRemarks
Capital Costs
Premises
Any required improvements for purpose1,000Partitions for example
1,000
Laundry
Equipment
4 Commercial Washing Machines6,0001500 each including VAT
3 Dryers3,0001000 each
Pressing machine3,000Use for sheets – see phase II funding
Ironing Equipment – non commercial1002 ironing boards, 2 irons
Cleaning tools700Vacuum cleaner etc
Disability support aids4,000Remotes for washing machines etc
16,800
Fixtures and Fittings
Flooring800Tiling where needed
Seating2,000Sofas and stackables
2,800
TOTAL CAPITAL SPEND19,600
Expense Costs
Premises
Rent per year15,000
Heating12,000
Electricity (lighting, equipment)12,000
Rates5,000
Water12,000
56,000
Salaries
Regional Coordinator @ 25 p/h 32 hours41,600
Community Coordinator @ 20 p/h – 32 hours33,280Equivalent to 40 hours at 15 p/h
Employee costs11,332NI etc
86,112
TOTAL YEARLY EXPENSES142,112
TOTAL COST – CAPITAL AND EXPENSES – PHASE 1 161,712Year One

Costing – Phase Two

Year One – Capital and Expense

DescriptionGBPTotal Remarks
    
Capital Costs
Basic Shop
Cash Register500Second-hand – probably can manage cheaper
Counter600Estimate for 2 counters
Shelving3,000proper shop shelving – get 2nd hand if possible
Equipment300Ladders / etc / signs
4,400
Commercial Business & Community Provision
Bedding5,000Sheets, Duvets, Pillow Cases, Pillows
Small Van2,000Delivery
7,000
TOTAL CAPITAL SPEND11,400
Expense Costs
Commercial Laundry
Fuel3,000Deliveries
Maintenance1,000Car, equipment
4,000
Salaries
Employee @ 20 p/h – 32 hours33,280As we expand the services and hours
Employee costs4992the centre offers
38,272
TOTAL YEARLY EXPENSES42,272
TOTAL COST – CAPITAL AND EXPENSES – PHASE 2 53,672
   

Costing Summary

PhasesCost First year
Phase 1161,712
Phase 253,672
Total215,384

Costs per project will reduce as we can spread resources as we grow. We also expect to need less external funding as our party grows and the commercial element of our operation becomes established

Capital will be spent on laundry equipment. Even though we have two phases we would like to fund as we purchase. So in theory phase two will overlap phase one. We’d like unions to fund the full amount but pay us in instalments rather than a lump upfront.

If we take Doncaster for example, we’d expect to have more than one laundrette as there are a number of struggling areas. This would mean we can look to share employees across locations.

For building our bedding laundry commercial business we would look to volunteers within the party to negotiate with customers. Our regional project coordinator as shown in the costings would work across several sites.

The basic shop would be a reception but would allow people to buy goods for other community members. The shop will serve more as a reception with some facilities to sell items as time goes by.

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