Your chance to help Melton Mencap get the new kitchen users need

A member of Melton Mencap uses the kitchen - the organisation is campaigning to raise funds for a new kitchen through a community funding scheme run by Aviva EMN-150519-160639001
A member of Melton Mencap uses the kitchen - the organisation is campaigning to raise funds for a new kitchen through a community funding scheme run by Aviva EMN-150519-160639001

A charity which supports Melton people with learning difficulties is making a final push to secure grant aid to make much-needed renovations to the kitchen at its headquarters.

The town branch of Mencap is campaigning to secure £3,600 from a community funding initiative run by insurance company Aviva and it needs your help to do it.

The money will be allocated to 362 applicants to the Aviva Community Fund according to which ones get the most public votes - so far more than 1,250 people have voted for the Melton Mencap scheme. Voting ends on Saturday, May 30.

The organisation’s existing kitchen was installed more than 25 years ago and needs updating due to the high number of activities at its Chapel Street premises, including a pre-school nursery from Monday to Thursday plus sessions and clubs on most evenings and Saturdays, as well as the time it is occupied by outside users.

In its application for funding to the Aviva scheme, it states: “It (our kitchen) has served us well but it is now badly in need of renovation to bring it up to current standards and help us support those who we work with.

“We would love to have a washing machine to provide a learning experience for people who are working towards supported independent living. The other kitchen activities also produce a steady stream of towels and tea towels that need to be washed.

“Our existing sink has become damaged and requires replacement with a heavy gauge stainless steel type to cope with constant use and impaired motor skills of some service users.

“We need new work surfaces that comply with current environmental health requirements.”

To cast a vote log on at www.community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting to register a vote for Melton Mencap - organisers advise voters to share their votes with friends and colleagues on social media and ask them to vote too.