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The Olan Homes network has successfully established 15 housing co-ops across England. As a result we have now been given the opportunity to work with a fostering organisation, and to provide and support housing co-operatives for care leavers in London. These are some of the most disenfranchised people in our society - those who have been without a family in Council care, or in temporary foster care.

This appeal is urgent due to the a narrow window to meet the contract requirements.

Our first proposed property is a 'mansion' in Bromley, which will help us provide 24 hour supervision and mentoring to help these young members receive that crucial support in their early life that most people take for granted. This will be the first co-operative home in the country specifically for care leavers. It is a model we hope will prove more efficient for the public purse and provide better value & outcomes for everyone involved.

This project compliments the housing co-operatives that Olan Homes has been running successfully across England for the last few years, providing sustainable, communal, extremely affordable, and space-efficient housing in places as diverse as Lyme Regis, Bristol, and South London.

As many of you will know, we have also been renovating our historic headquarters at Crofton Park Library, working with Eco Communities CIC.

The Trust extends a huge thanks to those who have volunteered in the last two years to bring parts of this stunning building back into use, including those professionals who've offered their time. We have renovated roofing, tiles, plaster, new plumbing, heating, and electrical systems, glazing, and security, and our team has acquired many skills on the way.

However, we also uncovered a number of unexpected challenges, and to complete the works and get our headquarters finally running we need your help for the final push, removal of some hazardous materials, completion of electrical wiring,  plastering, installing toilet facilities, restoration of the interior, and the gardens. 

This beautiful late Victorian building was commissioned by Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish industrialist born in Glasgow in poverty who went on to become an industrialist in the USA, he also became a philanthropist and built community buildings for poor communities around the world.  You can help Olan Trust prevent its decline, restore this neglected building, and make it a jewel for Southeast London, and a thriving hub for Olan Trust members. The finished building will be a fusion of traditional and elegant modern design.

All donations: chance to be listed & contribute a passage in our 'Captain's Log Book' online/at HQ

Contribute over £10: as above plus: year's membership & invite to the opening event.
Contribute over £100: as above plus: free VIP event with music & food at prestigious location. 1 years free entry to community cinema and other Trust events.
Contribute over £300: as above plus: listed (if you wish) on our website & engraved into a founding display at HQ.
2 years free entry to community cinema and other Trust events.

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In addition to the existing library, bookshop and community café on the ground floor, our work will use the first floor to create a relaxing and vibrant centre. It will provide a public garden area outdoors, a community cinema venue in the library, and a workhub & meeting room service for activists, groups and local freelance workers and students; and the headquarters, meeting, and training centre for Olan Trust staff, members, and volunteers (including and a place for tenants from Olan Homes co-operatives to meet and co-ordinate). Our longer term aim is to raise enough to install lifts for better accessibility to all levels of the building.

PAYMENTS: Card / Paypal/ Bank transfer / Cash
Click below for PayPal, credit or debit card
Via bank transfer send to: Olan Trust Acc: 62370940 Sortcode: 090128
Via cash: call us or drop it in an envelope to Crofton Park Library

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