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PEOPLE ARE BEING INVITED TO PLANT 100 SUNFLOWERS TO HELP GROW INVESTMENT IN A NEW COMMUNITY HUB IN FLORENCE PARK

By Sarah Edwards

Family-friendly fundraising drive could boost the chances of match funding application for new East Oxford centre, Flo’s – The Place in the Park
Locals are being invited to plant and grow sunflowers this May 12 and 13 as part of a fundraising drive for a new community venture in East Oxford.

The event, will be held in the garden of the former Florence Park Children’s Centre, Rhymers Lane, OX4 37Z from 2pm-5pm, is designed to raise awareness about the community share offer for the former children’s centre, soon to be re-opened as Flo’s – The Place on the Park. The building will house a new cafe, nursery, community drop-in space, meeting rooms and other much-needed local services.

Families and local residents can come along to this free event on May 12 and 13 and paint a pot, plant a sunflower and take it home to nurture it, with a view to bringing it back in full bloom when the new hub opens later in the summer this year. All materials and seeds will be provided, however people are welcome to bring and contribute pots, plants and seeds.

People can also find out more about the community share offer and how they can invest in Flo’s at the event. For as little as £100 for OX4 residents, and £250 for everyone else, anyone can invest in the project and help raise vital start-up funds. Community shareholders receive voting rights and a potential return on investment of 2% per annum.

Amazingly, the project has already raised over £20,000 since the share offer opened on April 16th. The team (a newly registered charitable Community Benefit Society consisting of local people who will manage the project) now want to increase its chances of this investment being doubled via an application for a Community Shares Booster Programme. If successful, this would mean that for every pound invested by individuals, another pound will be invested in matched shares, up-to the maximum target of £50,000.

Local councillor Helen Evans says: “This is such a great opportunity for people to be part of something very special – a community enterprise run by the community for the community. Behind this initiative are a great team of people, with the specialist skill-set needed to make this venture a real success. I will definitely be signing up!”

See the full description of the community share offer and event at www.flosoxford.org.uk/