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Hope Centre wants to share space

The Hope Centre on West Coast Road is under construction. - Britt Santowski
The Hope Centre on West Coast Road is under construction.
— image credit: Britt Santowski

Call for expression of interest.

What: The Sooke Commons: Learning & Engagement Centre.

When: September, 2014.

Where: Hope Centre at 6750 West Coast Road.

The Hope Centre promises to be a vital new space for Sooke, offering a mix of subsidized housing, education, training, and a host of programming and services. The new St. Vincent de Paul thrift store will open on the main floor.

The following proposal is underway for shared use of the third floor of the Hope Centre.

The proposed Learning & Engagement Centre will offer:

• Shared Workspace. A space suited to individuals, contractors, freelancers, people who would like to get out of the home office, or café, for optimizing their work and getting things done.

Consisting of an open-seating area in a shared, comfortable setting, with guidelines for mutual respect. Suited to writers, editors, programmers, designers, anyone who telecommutes.

Benefits include shared resources (furniture, wifi, printer, kitchen facilities, utilities, presentation facilities, etc.) and reasonable monthly rents (approx. $150/month).

• Educational Programming. An ideal space for educators and mentors to offer workshops and classes for all ages.A regular schedule of programming, with outreach to the Sooke community. Courses,  classes, workshops and presentations to satisfy a wide variety of interests. Current programs being considered include: Media Production classes - e.g. Make a Documentary, and New Journalism 101, Coding and Programming for Kids, HomeLearners Co-op, Homestead Skills, Literacy Programs, Parenting Workshops, Craft instruction courses.

• Social Hub Space. Sooke has an identified lack of space suited to group meetings. This space will be ideal for one-off presentation nights, monthly meetings, screenings, and special events. With a meeting area that can be transformed into a screening area, a kitchen and restrooms attached.

At this time we are accepting input and expressions of interest from the Sooke community. Do you have an interest in this venture? Can you offer guidance? Got ideas? Please get in touch.

Contact: Darren Alexander, Tel. (250)642-7994, email: thesookecommons@gmail.com, Subject: The Sooke Commons.

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