About the Organisation
Ambition Lawrence Weston is a group of residents who set up a registered charity and development trust to help regenerate and make improvements to their local area, a post-war housing estate on the North West outskirts of Bristol, that has suffered from high levels of historic deprivation. Ambition Lawrence Weston do this by delivering an extensive development plan, written by and for residents, and overseeing the wider Neighbourhood Development plan.
The charity supports the 7,000 residents that live in the area by facilitating delivery of services including debt advice, housing advice, training and employment opportunities, leisure activities and access to sports and the arts.
They also have a strong focus on environmental sustainability, with Ambition Community Energy CIC delivering a wind turbine on Bristol City Council-owned land that should produce enough low-carbon electricity to power 3,500 homes and save 1,965 tonnes of carbon a year. They also plan to showcase energy efficient housing and heating measures to their residents as part of an Energy Learning Zone.
To enable the charity to expand and properly deliver their work, they need a permanent, high-quality base. They have successfully secured land and funding for a new-build community centre, with construction beginning in early 2022.
Delays resulting from COVID-19 and recent construction inflation have caused the charity to remove some items from the completion budget, in order to keep total costs within the £1.7m of funding available. In particular, they have been forced to remove planned expenditure on a new community kitchen facility (anticipated to be not materially larger or higher specification than a domestic kitchen) and front-of-house reception desk.
Ambition Lawrence Weston would be delighted to form connections with local businesses who may be able to help with the provision and fitting of the community kitchen and providing reception furniture. They are also keen to meet businesses who may be interested in supporting either the community centre or their future development plans more widely.