We are incredibly happy to announce that after lots of hard work - the doors to our brand new premises are now open! Justin Sargent from Somerset Community Foundation cut the ribbon and opened the doors and we at Live Naturally CIC are so excited for what the future holds!
Today we have been celebrating this great milestone in the history of Live Naturally CIC. We wanted to use the opportunity to give recognition and a huge thanks to all the supporters who has helped us to get here! Special mention to Justin Sargent and Sarah Wakefield from Somerset Community Foundation who supported us with the Somerset Social Enterprise Loan and grant to get our building work going. A big thank you to Rob Semple, representing SDC who has supported Live Naturally with the Sports and Leisure grant (EDF) towards an amazing obstacle course. Thank you to Shannon Maye from Sedgemoor Districts Council’s Small Grant Team who have supported Live Naturally with a grant which went towards a new bike track, sandpit and a new turfed play area. And of course, a huge thank you to Stuart Key and Adine Curran and all subcontractors, staff and volunteers who has helped us to complete this project as well as HSBC for providing us with a commercial mortgage.
Our new premises has so much space both indoors and outdoors. We have a large modern kitchen and an amazing outdoor obstacle course, so we are looking forward to all the community projects we can run here in the future. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, todays opening ceremony could only be attended by a limited number of people. The few in attendance were representatives from our supporters as well as some staff, children and parents from Wilstock Gardens Childcare. We will arrange another opening ceremony next week where we will open for the community to come and take a look too, but due to Covid restrictions please book online so we can show you around at timed intervals.
The first project we are hosting at our new premies is the Healthy, Holidays Somerset, a partnership between SASP and Somerset County Council to provide children on benefit related free school meals with free activities in the holiday. We will have a focus on healthy food and fun physical activities. This government funded project is supported by hundreds of providers across Somerset and Live Naturally CIC is pleased they can be a part of this important work.
We are looking forward to lots of other projects in the future, supporting our local community to be active, connect with each other and cook delicious and healthy food! Other projects lined up are: Healthy cooking for children with special dietary needs and children with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, funded by Children in Need. We are also looking forward to start family fitness and family cooking courses funded by Somerset Skills and Learning in September. Follow along on our web page and join us for our future activities.