Plans to create a new food and health related project in a new building in Churchill Gardens have been given the go-ahead following planning approval. The new building will accommodate a community cafe, toilets and a space for learning, cooking, relaxing and community use.
The building will provide a hub for the Boscombe Aspire Project, which aims to work with local residents who are struggling with weight and employment challenges to provide them with access to local healthy food and develop job skills.
Boscombe Aspire aims to develop a network of local businesses, reducing food waste, providing work experience, sharing skills and celebrating the diversity of our community.
Councillor Jane Kelly, Lead Member for Engagement, BCP Council said:
“I am so pleased that our successful planning application means that we are getting closer to creating the Boscombe Aspire project. This will provide an exciting opportunity for local residents to join with other members of their community in learning new skills as well as adopting a healthy lifestyle to improve their sense of wellbeing.”
The Aspire project will work with other community projects and produce a passport of activities, mapping what is available in the area and when, so residents can easily navigate between Aspire and existing activities. This passport will be delivered to doors, introducing the menu available, and inviting participation. Participants can track their progress through the 12 week programme and other activities by having their passport stamped at each.
Delivery will start in April 2021, with the opening of the new building and launch of the passport and menu of activities.