WLM are taking the first step into transforming Seymour Place into a community centre. You can find out the details and support this amazing project here: https://www.spacehive.com/wlm
WLM has been helping homeless people for over 40 years. Every day, around 100 homeless people come to their doors. Last year they helped 242 people into accommodation! Seymore Place is an amazing building but it is showing signs of ageing and is in real need of renovation.
WLM have a vision of using the building much more than they currently do. As well as continuing to support homeless people to come off the streets, they want to transform it into a thriving hub for the whole community. WLM have an opportunity here to address needs that have not yet been met, including supporting gambling addicts, facilitating women's groups and tackling long-term unemployment.
They will bring together local residents, schools, churches, businesses through our creative, dynamic hub, offering events with wide engagement. WLM will develop into a more effective platform for getting people off the streets with more training and employment avenues for rough sleepers through our pop cafe.
Seymour Place used to be home to Emma Cons, founder of the South London Dwellings Company and the Old Vic. Emma worked to help disadvantaged people in the Victorian Era. WLM will restore this unique mix of philanthropy, heritage and the arts to Marylebone once again!
The first stage is to conduct a feasibility study at a cost of £71,435. This research will assess the changes that can be made to the listed building, scope building costs, prepare architectural drawings and engage the community.
How you can help
WLM are calling on local residents and businesses to pledge their support via Crowdfund London. Launched by the Mayor of London, successful campaigns are backed by a donation of up to £50,000 from the Mayor. The success of a campaign is demonstrated by the amount of support received in the first few weeks following its launch. WLM have between now and 8 October to demonstrate to The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, the support they have for their idea, so they need a lot of backers. If £71,435 has not been raised by 17 December, all funds will be returned to the donors so time is of the essence!
Here are the ways that you can support Seymour Place Community Hub:
Donate – Whatever you can spare! We all believe in this vision, let’s put our money where our mouths are and donate to this page. Ask you friends, family, hairdressers, personal trainers to donate too.
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