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Putting a new spin on community projects

Published 31st December, 2019 by Neil Nixon

Putting a new spin on community projects

Call in to Kitty’s Launderette in the Anfield area of Liverpool and you’ll find various groups putting their wash on. But they won’t just be doing their laundry. While they’re there, they may be chatting to their neighbours over a cup of tea, watching a film or getting involved with a history project. This is a launderette with a difference - a social space at the heart of the community, offering a valuable service to local people.

The challenge to open the doors of the Launderette took over three and a half years. The team behind the launderette had to raise the money, find suitable premises, locate a power supply, and find the capacity for the water drainage - issues none of them had any idea about. One of the most important needs, of course, was the equipment. The launderette needed high quality, reliable machines that would serve a large number of people and last for many years.

Goodman Sparks, a long-standing partner of Miele, was recommended to the team to help with the sourcing of machines and the installation. They selected four washers and three dryers from the Miele range in three different sizes: the PW6080s (8kg), the PW5105 (10kg), the PT8303, PT8337, and the PW413. The largest 14kg machine would handle duvets and blankets but also the kit for the launderette’s WetCare system, an eco-version of dry cleaning.

The WetCare system has provided an extra revenue stream for the launderette. It also creates a pleasant environment for the workers, with none of the chemicals associated with traditional dry cleaning. Although many hadn’t heard of it before, customers have been quick to embrace the new service.

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