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Wantage town centre community space, The Mix, competing for national funding boost

Vote for The Mix! It’s your chance to help keep The Mix community space on Mill Street Wantage as a hub for local groups and organisations, and a town centre home for a growing number of events, activities and workshops.

The Mix, www.thewantagemix.wordpress.com, has been nominated as one of those that could benefit from the national Aviva Community Fund, and who will go to the judges before the final prizes are decided by public vote. You can show your support by logging in and voting at www.tinyurl.com/votewantagemix before Saturday 30th May. Successful projects could secure up to £25,000 worth of funding.

Jo Harvey for the group Sustainable Wantage, which runs The Mix, says: “Winning funding like this would make a huge difference in securing the long term future of The Mix as a town centre space for our community. It has taken a huge community effort to get to this stage, including local tradespeople committing their time and skills, and countless volunteers playing their part in running it. Just over a year ago, The Mix was a derelict shop, one of 23 empty premises in our town centre. As a community space, it offers skill-share days, recycled craft workshops, and resource swaps, as well as providing hot-desking facilities and being available for hire by local groups.”

Wantage Town Team Co-ordinator, Iain Nicholson, says: “The Mix is a key element of Wantage’s successful town centre vitality project, offering residents and businesses in our community skills, opportunities, and viable learning choices. It is important for our town because vibrant town centres of the future need to think beyond just retail. The Mix is doing this.”

The funding would help Sustainable Wantage to:

  • Secure a 2-year lease, giving stability to put long-term projects into action. For example its small resource bank could grow, and its work on local food could become an ‘I eat local’ campaign, with tastings and demos from local producers, a local veg drop-off, and cookery workshops.
  • Make improvements to the premises so The Mix becomes a shining example of an energy efficient multi-use space, instead of having meetings around a fan heater!
  • Enlist the services of a Mix co-ordinator to build a diverse programme of activities across areas such as food, energy, resource efficiency, community, education, and transport.