Boundary Community Launderette

A Not-For-Profit Enterprise Serving the Community Since 1992

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Opening Hours from 1st November 2020

Posted by Boundary Community Launderette on 31/10/2020

FROM 1st NOVEMBER 2020:

MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY – 9.30am-4.30pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY – 9.00am-5.00pm

Please leave your laundry with the launderette staff who will wash it on your behalf for collection later. There are currently no service charges for personal/domestic laundry, but service charges do apply to all business laundry. Laundry left after 2pm might not be ready for collection until the next working day, and laundry can be collected up until closing time.

Covid19 Requirements:

To stay within the government’s safe distancing rules we are currently unable to allow customers into the launderette to do their own laundry or to wait inside for it to be washed. Please wear a mask when dropping off and collecting your laundry, (unless medically exempt), and please remain in the striped floor area.

Thank you for your continuing patience and support for our community business, and for bearing with us as we all work out the ‘new normal’. We will do our best to extend our opening hours as demand increases and we’ll keep you posted here; you can subscribe (see button on the left column) to receive updates and stay up-to-date with any changes and hear our news, and you can follow us on facebook, and we’re now on Instagram.

Please – STAY SAFE!

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Opening Hours

Posted by Boundary Community Launderette on 30/09/2020

UNTIL 31st OCTOBER 2020:

MONDAY, TUESDAY & FRIDAY – 9.30am-4.30pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY – 9.00am-5.00pm

(From 5th November we will also open on Thursdays, 9.30am-4.30pm)

All laundry must be left for our staff to wash on your behalf with collection later. There are no service charges for personal/domestic laundry, but service charges do apply to all business laundry. Laundry left after 2pm may not be ready for collection until the next working day, and laundry can be collected up until closing time.

Covid19 Requirements:

To stay within the government’s safe distancing rules we are currently unable to allow customers into the launderette to do their own laundry or to wait inside for it to be washed. Please wear a mask when delivering and collecting your laundry, (unless medically exempt), and please remain in the striped floor area.

Thank you for your continuing patience and support for our community business, and for bearing with us as we work out the ‘new normal’. We will do our best to extend our opening hours as demand increases and we’ll keep you posted here; you can subscribe (see button on the left column) to receive updates and stay up-to-date with any changes and hear our news, and you can follow us on facebook

Please – STAY SAFE!

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Crowdfunding Countdown!

Posted by Boundary Community Launderette on 17/10/2020

Our Spacehive crowdfunding application has been made and we’re awaiting verification so that we can accept donations – in the meantime please take a look at our Spacehive page to see what we’re raising money for, and feel free to share it. As soon as we’ve been verified we’ll be able to start raising money so we’ll let you know when that happens! Here’s just one of the many wonderful comments from our brilliant customers, one of the many reasons we’re determined to keep the launderette going for as long as possible and why we’re crowdfunding…

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We’re Going Crowdfunding!

Posted by Boundary Community Launderette on 11/10/2020

The Boundary Estate Community Launderette opened in 1992 as a resident-led not-for-profit community enterprise, with funding for the refurbishment of the premises and all the machinery provided by various charities and organisations. It has always been our ethos to provide a service for all residents of the estate and the local area, to provide secure, living wage employment for all our staff and to keep our prices as low as possible with increases only when absolutely necessary, (on average once every five years); these and our brilliant staff are the reasons why, over the past twenty-eight years, we’ve become a vital and trusted community hub. When lockdown was ordered in March we were determined to remain open and continue to provide a launderette service, and although we’ve had to change our opening hours and the way we work we’re proud of the fact we remained open throughout lockdown and we will stay open for everyone who needs to use a launderette for as long as possible during this emergency.

In the week before lockdown the launderette directors met and agreed on plans for this year which included our first price increases in six years for early April and redecoration in May, and we were going to put together a major refurbishment and modernisation plan for our 30th anniversary in 2022 to prepare the launderette for the next thirty years. Needless to say these plans were put on hold, and whilst we do need to increase the prices to cover the increasing running costs of the launderette we’re going to wait until things are a little more settled for all of us. For the moment we want to concentrate on keeping the launderette open for everyone who needs it for the duration of this Covid-19 emergency and to keep our team of six staff in work. But…

Despite Covid-19 having taken up most of our energy and caused many of our plans to be put on hold we’ve decided that we all need some positivity and a nod to the future so we’re soon going to launch a crowdfunding campaign with Spacehive. We hope to raise funds so that we can give the launderette a much-needed lick or two of paint and buy some new washing machines to replace some of the trusty but tired machines that have given us twenty-eight years of reliable service and clean washes. We’re in the process of setting up our bid with the help and support of Spacehive and The Young Foundation, and once it goes live we’ll let you know here and on our Facebook page. This campaign will be the start of us planning for the future up to and beyond our 30th anniversary, and we’re looking forward to sharing our plans and having the involvement and support of the local community and all those who believe in resident-led not-for-profit community enterprises as we move forward.

We were set up as a not-for-profit community enterprise after resident consultation in 1989 and thanks to the support of the Environment Trust and donations from various charitable organisations and businesses whose generosity fully funded the refurbishment of the premises, the purchase of all machinery we finally opened on September 14th 1992. Our aims and objectives state that we must keep prices competitive and affordable so that the majority of local residents are able to use the launderette, that we employ local residents on secure contracts and pay a living wage, and that we are managed and overseen by a team of voluntary directors with knowledge and skills to benefit the launderette and the community. This is the business model we have followed since 1992 and that has served the community and the business well. Today we have a team of four dedicated voluntary directors, (two are estate residents who have been with the launderette from the start), who bring a broad range of knowledge and skills to help oversee the running and management of the launderette, and we have a great team of six hardworking staff with many good long years of service between them. In March 1994 we won a British Urban Regeneration Award for “Best Practice in the Community”, in recognition of “bringing a sense of community” to the Boundary Estate, in July 2012, just in time for our 20th anniversary, we came second in a national public vote for the “Creme of Nature Community Action Award” and were able to install an extra-large washing machine with the prize money.

You can find out more about the launderette here, just check out the header. if you want to get in touch with us about our crowdfunding before the launch of our campaign please email us at boundary.launderette@googlemail.com with the subject header ‘Crowdfunding’.

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Coronavirus Update – 7th October.

Posted by Boundary Community Launderette on 07/10/2020

We’re pleased to say that with the government’s furlough scheme coming to an end on 31st October we’ll be welcoming back our furloughed staff in November, and we’ll be opening on Thursdays. So, with effect from 5th November we’ll be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9.30am until 4.30pm, and Saturday & Sunday 9am until 5pm. We’ll remain closed on Wednesdays until further notice and we’ll be keeping our opening hours under review – things may have to change quickly so please keep up-to-date here and on our Facebook page.

The government has now made it a legal requirement to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and when you come into contact with people you do not normally meet so, unless you’re exempt, please wear a face covering when dropping off and collecting laundry. We have asked our staff to wear a face covering when dealing with customers. As it is also required by law we have registered the launderette with the NHS Track and Trace app and have our QR code displayed either side of the door, if you have the NHS app please check in when you drop off and collect your laundry. If you don’t use the app please provide your phone number for track and trace purposes. We are following all the NHS requirements and advice to keep the launderette Covid-19 secure so that you and our staff are kept as safe as possible.

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