A Fleetwood charity which offers support to men suffering from loneliness, anxiety and depression has applied for a £7,336 council grant to purchase commercial kitchen equipment at its new base.
Men’s Shed was able to move into a new home at The Beehive premises on Manor Road last month after the building was purchased on its behalf for £95,000 by a kind-hearted anonymous donor.
Now the peer support group, whose work has attracted much praise in the town, has put in an official application to Fleetwood Town Council for a grant which would allow it to completely renovate its existing kitchen.
It is part of the group’s intended restoration project at The Beehive, which was formerly owned by the Warren Farm Community Association, to enable it to expand its service.
Before moving into the Beehive Centre, which was formerly used as a community centre which served the Warren Farm estate in Fleetwood, Men’s Shed was based at the Thomas Drummond pub in the town.
The application will be considered at the town council’s latest meeting at the North Euston Hotel on Tuesday, at 7pm.
In his application for grant support, Men’s Shed founder Tony O’Neill stated: “We are currently delivering six sessions across a number of venues in Fleetwood.
“One such activity is a veterans’ breakfast which currently runs out of a church hall.
“We would like to increase activity by supporting people suffering from social isolation and food insecurity by hosting additional activities and food-related projects from The Beehive.
“To carry this out we need to renovate our kitchen area and we are seeking funding to support this development.”
He added: “The grant application is to support us to purchase commercial kitchen equipment so we can expand our offer and support more residents.
“The kitchen forms part of the first phase of our development project.”
The support group has costed out the various items of equipment with an invoice via catering equipment specialist Chilleco, based in Burnley.
The 22 items of equipment include a Foster pizza fridge with granite worktop (£950); a Blizzard match fridge and freezer undercounter (£700); a Canopy and Commericial Extraction Unit (£1,200) and a Lincat Electric Oven (£650).
Men’s Shed says it has raised £5,000 already which will go towards purchasing other equipment, a shower room and disabled access.
The group hopes to put in an application to the Lottery and the Walney Extension Community Fund once it has quotes for other building adaptions.
The group expect’s the £7,336 to be around a quarter of the total amount required to complete the project.