The CVC Repair Café will take place within the CVC Hub which is located in The Centre, Cumbernauld.
The CVC Hub is the base for Cumbernauld Vineyard Church. We want the CVC Hub to be a space that can be used both as a church centre and a community hub, and it's this hybrid space at the heart of the community that we want to focus on and grow. We aim to do this through building on the relationships developed over the last 3 years with families, communities and organisations, to bring a range of self-managed or collaborative activities and support programmes to the CVC Hub that meet the needs of local families and fill gaps in local provision or that can be delivered with a different perspective.
Ultimately, we want the CVC Hub to be a place that people of all ages can freely come, feel safe, and receive support – practically and pastorally – according to their needs. The Repair Café is just one part of the jigsaw of activities required to achieve this aim.
We have developed a range of relationships with other churches and community focused projects, none of whom carry out this kind of activity but those we have initially spoken with are very supportive of it. We will collaborate as appropriate with them on sourcing volunteers, and on advertising the availability of the provision. We also have a strong social media presence and will share about the Repair Café on there.
Ultimately, the Repair Café will be for all ages and genders without prejudice. As it develops, we will explore the training potential for all people including those furthest from the job market, but especially for teenagers, many of whom hang around within the Shopping centre that the CVC Hub is based during an evening. Providing something meaningful for them to do, with appropriate safeguarding in place, will be hugely beneficial for the whole community.