A Rocha UK’s new home.

4 January 2021
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Category Blog, News, NW
4 January 2021, Comments 14

Spring 2021 will see A Rocha UK move to a new base being planned as a collaborative hub, for staff, volunteers and partners alike.

In late November, despite the challenges of Covid, A Rocha UK was able to sell ‘Avenue Road’, our home for the last 17 years. Two houses knocked together in a side street of Southall, west London, 18-19 Avenue Road has been an invaluable residence, local community focus and small office since shortly after A Rocha UK was founded. Many staff and supporters will have very fond memories of times there. However, with A Rocha UK’s growing national reach and expanding partnership approach, it no longer needs a residential space but does need a more modern and accessible work space.   

After a careful search, A Rocha UK has found the ideal place to move to: leasing floorspace from another Christian organisation, the Leprosy Mission, at their international headquarters in Brentford, West London. A project team of staff and trustees is designing the new office to greatly enhance our mission of equipping Christians nationally to protect and restore the environment.

To equip Christians to protect and restore the environment – for God, nature and all people.

Among likely features will be sustainably sourced and recyclable office furniture; a library/quiet study area for use not just by staff but by visiting volunteers and supporters; flexible workstations to host partners or remote-working staff when they need to visit London; project spaces which allow face to face and remote collaboration with partners all around the country; and a community area for staff and volunteers. 

As well as having good access to central London and other parts of the country – without paying central London prices – the new hub will still be only half an hour from our urban reserve at Wolf Fields. This will allow ‘local’ staff to continue to be based at the national office when they are not on site, and A Rocha UK to run more training and study days for supporters and partners, combining the facilities of both reserve and hub.  

The move is an important milestone for A Rocha UK. With the sale of Avenue Road, A Rocha UK will be able to repay all its remaining debts to supporters who provided loans to purchase the property many years ago, allowing the fledgling charity to secure a home without paying a commercial mortgage. Andy Atkins, A Rocha UK’s CEO says ‘we are immensely grateful for the generosity and commitment of these supporters and friends. Together they have enabled A Rocha UK to have a stable base from which to serve the local community and develop as an organisation over these years. Now, with the sale of Avenue Road, we can be debt-free for the first time, and establish a new hub to support the national mission we feel God is calling us to, for the critical decade ahead.’

In February’s eNews we will announce details of our new vision for how Christians and Churches can make a critical difference to conservation and communities in the UK in the next 10 years.

Please note that correspondence can now be sent to us at our new address: A Rocha UK, 80 Windmill Road, Brentford, TW8 0QH. (However, any post sent to our old address at Avenue Road will be forwarded).

14 responses on “A Rocha UK’s new home.

  1. Jeremy Wadia says:

    Great news Andy and team. Good luck with the setup and move.

    • Andy Atkins says:

      Thanks Jeremy; big team effort, including Board, volunteers, staff and lots of prayer from supporters.

  2. Many congratulations for what seems to be an excellent move!

    • Andy Atkins says:

      Thanks John. We’ve really appreciated supporters’ engagement with this – views, prayers, and gifts – in what would have been a challenging project even without Covid. I and staff – and I know I can speak for Trustees too – feeling v grateful to God and you all. Andy

  3. Nick Goldsworthy says:

    Congratulations on your move. I hope all of the logistical challenges are small ones!

  4. Ann R Parker says:

    Good news hope all goes well. You deserve a break/

  5. Gill Knight says:

    well done – every blessing in the new home!

  6. Paul Hagger says:

    Good news, Andy and team- great that you are now just down the road from us for when it’s a safer time to visit! God bless the move…

  7. Helen Collinge says:

    Excellent move. I like the idea of sharing with the Leprosy mission – increased influence and fellowship is always good for the Kingdom.

  8. steve Adams says:

    A wonderful move at a significant time. Great news and an inspiration to move with the times. Thank you for all your resources and information from Steve Adams at St Martin-in-the-Fields-aspiring Eco Church.

  9. Sian Nicholas says:

    18 Avenue Road was my home for 3 years when I came back from Afghanistan, and I stayed there the night before my wedding to Jonathan in 2010. It holds many good memories. I hope the new move works out well, and enables new opportunities for equipping Christians in Creation Care.

  10. Rob and Kathy Thomas says:

    We were privileged to be in charge of converting Avenue Road from a former nursing home to an A Rocha Centre, and to be its first managers. We lived there for 3 years, and continued to be part of the team for many years after that. We also have many great memories of our times in the Centre and of the other team members we lived and worked with.

    It is fantastic to see the work and the impact of A Rocha UK growing over the years, so that it has outgrown the Centre. At the same time, we are glad to see that the valuable link with the community in Southall nurtured over so many years will continue with the work at Wolf Fields. We send our best wishes to the team as they move into their new office base.

    • Ann Stuart says:

      Kathy and Rob, We had the privilege of staying in Avenue Rd while you were centre managers I think, and your work there has had lasting fruit. Thank you for all you gave. The presence in Southall will continue, albeit in a new form.

  11. Henriette Grønvik says:

    Congrats! Hope the new office will give new inspirations!