The race is on to raise funds for The Common Room in Roman Road

The Roman Road Trust has until 25 May to raise funds for the transformation of The Common Room, a temporary community structure built in 2014 in a neglected corner of Roman Road. The aim is to turn it into a fully functional, multicultural, learning and cultural facility for local people. The Mayor of London has pledged £50,000 towards the project – one of only two such high-value pledges by the Mayor.

For the past six years, The Common Room has played a key role in community events on Roman Road but it is now dilapidated and needs a complete overhaul to create a functional and usable space all year round. Once renovated, it will be used for an evolving programme of educational and cultural initiatives for local people. Themes of the first learning programmes will be sustaining healthy high streets and community organising for local groups.

3D Architecture drawing of the proposed renovation

Encounter Bow Festival, September 2019

The project is part of Crowdfund London, a programme delivered by the Mayor of London and Spacehive, to back Londoners’ ideas for improving their local area. Pledges are collected only if a project hits its fund-raising target. As of 13 April, Transform The Common Room had reached 82% of its £74,337 target.

“Receiving the maximum pledge of £50,000 from the Mayor of London proves how vital this project is to help benefit residents, businesses and community groups in Roman Road,” says Rosie Vincent, Managing Director of Roman Road Trust.

“The crowdfund campaign is all-or-nothing. This means we still need more pledges to reach the total target and actually make the project happen. So, it is more crucial than ever to pledge your support to transform The Common Room into a place for all of us.”

To find out more about the project and pledge support: transformthecommonroom

Main image courtesy of Roman Road Trust