Property charity 3Space is offering charities and social organisations the chance to win use of an empty retail unit and up to £1,500 for a pop-up project. ‘High Street Hijack’ is one of the charity’s initiatives aimed at countering empty shops on high streets and the funding cuts affecting charities.
Past pop-up projects have included drop-in centres, information hubs and community workshops. Next week British Heart Foundation take over 3Space’s Cardiff unit to promote their Santa fundraising run.
Andrew Cribb, Director of 3Space said: “Lots of questions are being asked about what can be done about our struggling high streets and town centres, specifically in regards to empty shops. Social organisations are integral to this solution – they need the rich community interaction that can’t be found on-line or in supermarkets. It’s exciting to think that High Street Hijack could provide us with the first glimpse of the town centre experience of the future.”
He told UK Fundraising: “Creative fundraising ideas that involve public participation in activities is something we are very keen to promote.”
A team of regeneration, retail and third-sector experts will make up the judging panel, including Mark Constantine OBE of Lush Cosmetics, Dan Thompson of the Empty Shops Network, Eddie Bridgeman of Meanwhile Space, Chris Turner of Springwise, and Lynette Lackey of LandAid.
The competition is open to registered charities, social enterprises or non-profit organisations based in the UK. The closing date for entries is 10 November 2011. The winner will then be decided by a public vote between 2 and 30 November.
Projects will be judged on their originality and creativity, their reach and benefit, and their potential for community involvement.
Entrants have the chance to choose from a list of 25 properties based across the UK.
3Space makes empty commercial properties around the UK available for free for use by charities, community groups, social enterprises and other non profit organisations.
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