We’re hiring! Come and work in our cafe

Join our team at the Brixton Pound Cafe

Are you a budding barista? Do you have flair and panache in the kitchen? Are you imaginative and creative? Would you like to be part of a friendly local community?

We’re currently looking for new people to staff our pay-as-you-feel café in central Brixton.

We make tasty vegan and vegetarian sandwiches, salads, soups and top quality teas and coffees. Where possible we aim to source our ingredients from items that would otherwise go to waste. We regularly receive donations from local food businesses and therefore adapt our menu depending on what is available.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Experienced working in a cafe or coffee shop and using a manual coffee machine
  • Passionate about food and creative in the kitchen – you’ll be able to think up dishes based on what’s in stock, and make them our daily specials
  • Excellent dealing with customers
  • Personable and able to work alongside colleagues and volunteers
  • Flexible with the rota, and happy to do the occasional Saturday
  • Aware of kitchen hygiene, food and drink preparation, ideally with a level 1 or 2 in food safety
  • Confident working as part of a team and independently in a busy work environment
  • Happy talking to the public about the Brixton Pound and the ethos and aims of our project

What we offer:

  • The opportunity to be creative and to work with a small social enterprise with a unique progressive ethos
  • Competitive hourly rate
  • Free meal & all the coffee you can drink whilst on shift
  • A chance to be part of a dynamic Brixton community
  • Up to 16 hours a week available

To apply, please email your cover letter and cv to keisha@brixtonpound.org or drop it in to our café at 77 Atlantic Road, Brixton SW9 8PU

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The money raised by sales at the Brixton Pound Café goes towards the Brixton Fund, which funds community projects in the area. Our ethos is on sustainability, community and inclusivity, and we aim to sell food made primarily from surplus goods that local businesses would otherwise throw out.

Sign up for Brixton’s first Action for Happiness course at the B£ Cafe!

We’re excited to be hosting Brixton’s first Action for Happiness course, an 8-week course for people interested in exploring what matters for a happy and meaningful life.

“In the modern world we are bombarded with false messages about what makes for a happy life. The Exploring What Matters course helps people discover for themselves that real success has much less to do with what we earn or consume – and much more to do with our inner attitudes, our relationships with others and our contribution to society”.

-Dr Mark Williamson, Director, Action for Happiness

A challenge to the materialism and doctrine of individual success that predominates in today’s society, Exploring What Matters sees a group of likeminded, curious people meeting for eight weeks to explore key factors that shape our lives, and determine our wellbeing. They start with “What really matters in life?” and then “What really makes us happy?”. These are followed by sessions on dealing with adversity, having good relationships, caring for others, and creating happier workplaces and communities. They end with “How can we create a happier world?

Analysis of the course has found that it leaves people both happier and more pro-social, with participants reporting increases in levels of life satisfaction, mental wellbeing, compassion and social trust. It’s delivered by community volunteers, and is supported by the Dalai Lama (!) … https://www.youtube.com/embed/rakF28bExMU?rel=0&autoplay=1

Sound good? Sign up for your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-action-for-happiness-course-brixton-22-may-2017-tickets-34101744235?aff=efbevent

The first session kicks off on 22 May 2017 at The Brixton Pound Cafe, 77 Atlantic Rd.

See you there!

New: Yoga classes in Brixton Pound studios

We’re very pleased that we’ll soon be starting yoga classes in the studio space below our cafe.

Yoga with Sarah (Mondays starting 8 May): 8am-9am Vinyasa Flow. 10.30am-11.30am Parent and baby yoga

Yoga with Mary (Fridays starting 19 May): Mindful yoga flow 11am-12pm beginners, 12pm-1pm intermediate

Both classes are £10 drop-in. Free turmeric chai for every attendee!

Both teachers are keen to get to know students and make it a social experience as well, so there will be a coffee/tea in the cafe after classes for anyone who would like to join in!

Sarah was an education consultant for more than a decade but in 2012 left for Latin America. Discovering yoga as a sustainable way of life, she qualified to teach in 2013 and began giving one-to-one classes, teaching small groups in offices and at a studio in Crystal Palace. She completed 500 hours training in India, studying the styles of Iyengar and Ashtanga with focus on alignment and adjustment, practicing under gurus in Mysore and learning Thai yoga massage to enhance her anatomical knowledge. She specialises in the styles of Ashtanga, Yin & acro-yoga and she recently added parent & baby yoga to her qualifications after attending classes with her own baby. She also teaches wellbeing classes & mindfulness yoga to students and staff in secondary schools. Her classes are dynamic yet playful, flowing but structured, encouraging students to feel grounded and energised.

Mary first turned to yoga as a way of keeping fit, sane and anchored while working in a manic advertising role. She also found it highly useful in dealing with her increasing anxiety. In 2011 she decided to press pause on the rat race; completing her 200 hour teacher training on a retreat in Dahab, Egypt; her mother’s homeland. The country had an intense pull on her so she relocated there shortly after, teaching her Vinyasa style classes to ex-pats, holidaymakers, Egyptian and Bedouin women, which she describes as an enlightening experience.

Returning to live once more in London in 2014 she went on to complete an 80 hour Pregnancy teacher training with Yogamama Ltd. Her yoga promotes balance, flexibility and strength, whilst the mindfulness techniques along with breathwork help develop an openhearted awareness of the present moment. You will leave feeling relaxed, energised and grounded. Resources are also provided to help you develop a personal practice at home.

Are you a yoga teacher looking for an affordable space in Brixton to run your classes? Get in touch spacehire@brixtonpound.org

Brixton Windmill pops up in Pop Brixton

You might not have noticed the little logo on the page of Brixton’s local newspaper, the Bugle. It’s a silhouette of a windmill. And not just any windmill – it’s the Brixton Windmill. Located a little way up Brixton Hill, tucked amidst the houses of Blenheim Gardens in a unique urban setting, the Windmill has been around for 200 years, and through the twists and turns of history has now lovingly been restored to working order.

In March, the Friends of Windmill Gardens brought the Windmill to central Brixton, running a pop up stall in Pop Brixton to raise funds and launch their summer programme. The Friends are the spiritual guardians of the Windmill: a group of local volunteers who manage and maintain the mill and its grounds, recruit volunteers, and raise funds. Most recently they have embarked on an exciting new project to build an Education Centre in the grounds, which will ultimately make the Windmill more accessible and user friendly for its diverse range of visitors, including school groups and young people.

As part of Pop’s Community Investment Scheme, they took over an empty unit where they sold merchandise and promoted their 2017 programme http://www.brixtonwindmill.org/visit, which kicked off on 25 March. The Windmill opens for volunteer-led tours of the mill and gardens on scheduled weekends, which are very popular, so make sure you book. And don’t miss the renowned Beer and Bread Festival [http://brixtonwindmill.org/whats-on?item=161] which takes place on bank holiday Monday 1 May, with beer, bread, live music and Morris men.

The Friends also sold their locally milled Brixton flour (produced in the Windmill itself by their tireless volunteer millers – if you’re interested in becoming one, get in touch with the Friends!) If you missed the pop up, you can buy Brixton Windmill flour from Brixton Whole Foods, the Old Post Office Bakery, Cornercopia, F Mondays, Dulwich Picture Gallery, and our own Brixton Pound Café.

Friends of Windmill Gardens visited Pop Brixton as part of the Brixton Pound’s community investment scheme, through which Brixton businesses give back to the local community in varied ways. If you’re a community organisation, project or school interested in benefiting from the scheme, get in touch with Lucy (lucy @ brixtonpound.org) to find out more.

Brixton Fund is now OPEN

photo credit Mike Urban/Brixton Buzz

We’re very pleased to open the Brixton Fund for applications for the first time in 2017. The Fund is the only one of its kind – built from proceeds generated in Brixton, for Brixton.

Full information about how to apply, and a link to the application form, can be found by going to brixtonpound.org/fund.

This year we welcome new partners, Brixton BID and Brixton Neighbourhood Forum. Both organisations will play a role in helping us shape the Fund in future and ensuring that it both grows in size and reach.

We are also grateful to our sponsors Marsh and Parsons, Seven at Brixton, Three Eight Four, and the Queen’s Head. More businesses are coming on board to sponsor the Fund, particularly via our ‘Pound Up’ scheme for food and drink businesses. If you would like to get involved and support the Fund, please email fund@brixtonpound.org.

The application window is open until 10am Tuesday 2 May. We look forward to receiving your application and finding out more about the work you want to do in Brixton!

Brixton Fund supported Advocacy Academy organises Bridges Not Walls action in Brixton

An inspiring action took place in Brixton at 5pm on 20th January 2017, at the exact moment Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States. A group of young people came together to drop a banner declaring their outrage, solidarity and hope. The action was part of the global action BRIDGES NOT WALLS.

After hanging the banner, the young people swore an oath:

TOGETHER: At this moment, Donald Trump is being inaugurated as President of The United States.

AMAL: We have come together to mark this moment in another way.

ZHANÉ: As young people from Brixton, we are here to express our outrage at the dangerous politics of hate and division.

MALIKA: And of scapegoating and bigotry.

ILHAN: To say NO to racism, sexism, islamophobia and xenophobia.

AZAL: To stand in solidarity and hope with communities all over the world who need our love and support right now.

PERREIRA: As we speak, Donald Trump is standing on the steps of Capitol Hill, taking an oath to faithfully protect, preserve and defend.

ASHLEIGH: A promise we plan to hold him to it.

SAMANTHA: And so today, we too take an oath.

ELIZABETH: That, no matter what, we ain’t gonna let nobody or nothing turn us around.

CELINE: We’ve been down this path before and we know where it leads.

ERICA: It leads nowhere good..

BRITTNEY: So we’re building a better world.

THALIA: A world of justice, equality and freedom for all people.

TOGETHER: We have built too many walls. Now is the time to build bridges.


The young people are fellows of The Advocacy Academy, a Social Justice Fellowship for young people who are passionate about making a difference in the world. Across eight months, The Advocacy Academy supports young leaders from marginalised communities to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to tackle some of the biggest challenges of the 21st century.

In 2016, Advocacy Academy was shortlisted for an award from the Brixton Fund, and came first in a community vote on how to allocate funding. As a result, they received the maximum grant of £2000. Founder, Amelia Viney, said:

“Just like the Brixton Pound, The Advocacy Academy is all about building powerful communities. That’s why we were so excited to win £2000, money which will allow us to run a four-day event designed by our young leaders, exploring how they can effectively challenge systemic inequality an injustice. We are so grateful to all the locals who came out to support us! You are helping a generation of ambitious but underprivileged young Londoners to be heard.”

The Brixton Fund grant was spent on a four-day residential programme in October 2016, designed by participants to address the systemic causes of oppression facing many young people in the area, focusing on race, class, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability. The Advocacy Academy works with several Brixton organisations, such as the Black Cultural Archives, TEDx Brixton, Reclaim Brixton, and Brixton Pound.

Read more about the Advocacy Academy’s action on Brixton Blog and in the Brixton Bugle:

And check out Bridges Not Walls‘ video to see more of what was happening in the UK and worldwide on that day:

Big things coming up in 2017: Brixton Fund round 3

The Brixton Fund is B£’s grant scheme started to support grassroots work in Brixton. To date, the Fund has given out just under £10,000 of small grants to 13 local organisations who strengthen and benefit communities, take action for social justice, or increase local employment opportunities. The simple application process, support we offer along the way, and minimal reporting requirements for grant recipients make the Brixton Fund highly accessible even to individuals or groups without many resources.

In 2016, we increased Brixton Fund’s reach and impact massively: in the first round in November 2015, we received 18 applications and gave a total of £2,400 to 4 organisations, and in June 2016 we more than tripled the number of applications received as well as funding granted: out of the 60 that applied, 9 organisations received a total of £7,500. For the second round of the Brixton Fund, we also trialled a more open and democratic voting process, where we invited the public to vote on how to distribute the awards between shortlisted projects.

Brixton Fund public voting event in June 2016. Photo credit: Mike/Brixton Buzz. Speaker is Ciaran Thapar from Hero’s Journey, a youth project funded by the Brixton Fund. Read Ciaran’s recent article about bridging gentrification’s stark divides.

In 2017, we would also like to open the Fund Panel to volunteers from the community. Would you like to join? You would help us score the applications we receive and arrive at a shortlist for guaranteed funding. In 2017, the likely scenario is that the Fund will open for applications in April, and scoring will take place in May. You will be asked to score no more than 10 applications, and we’ll provide you with a detailed criteria and scoring guidelines. We will also ask you to declare any bias you may have, so don’t worry if someone you know is thinking of applying for funding – we’ll make sure you are not scoring their application. Depending on the volume of applications and turnaround, we’d then like to hold the open event where the public can vote on how to distribute funding among shortlisted projects in late May or early June.

You can support the Brixton Fund in a number of ways:  by spending electronic B£s (1.5% of each transactions goes straight into the Fund), by treating yourself to cocktails at Seven and Three Eight Four bars, the official sponsors of the Brixton Fund, by playing the Brixton Bonus (another round will be happening in the spring), by direct donations. Everyone is invited to come vote on how to distribute the grant money once we announce a shortlist for the next round.

But if you’d also like to be part of the initial selection process, you can now join the Fund Panel.

So, would you like to give your time and expertise to the Brixton Fund application scoring during May 2017? If yes, please fill out this form, or contact us if you have any questions or comments. We would love to have you on board!

Volunteers from Lambeth Council and other Brixton locals bring Christmas cheer to older people

With the help of local volunteers and donors, the Brixton Pound ran a collection and gift wrapping session at the B£ Café to give isolated older people gifts and treats to help warm their Christmas. 

A lunch was hosted at the Vida Walsh Centre in Windrush Square on Christmas day for older people who would otherwise be spending Christmas alone. When we think of Christmas we think of warmth and merriment, family and friends, but that’s not always within reach for everyone, whether because of geography, absence of family or friends, physical or mental disability, or other challenges. Older people in particular can find themselves isolated and lonely at Christmas.

Previous recipient of a Brixton Fund grant, Age UK Lambeth, asked us whether we could help them in sourcing donations of food and gifts to be distributed at the lunch, so we sent out a call to our network of Brixtonites and other loyal supporters.

The response was overwhelming. Thanks to you lovely people, and in particular thanks to staff of Lambeth Council, we received several large bags of fruit, biscuits, chocolate, and assorted gifts.

A group of cheery volunteers transported the donations, sipped teas and coffees and diligently helped to wrap presents at our café on Atlantic Road. Here’s the team:

Heartwarming stuff. Thanks guys!

As well as collecting an impressive pile of gifts for the event, with the help of the Lambeth community, Age UK Lambeth managed to raise more than £3,000, massively exceeding the target of £750. The money not spent on the Christmas lunch will be used to upgrade the services they provide for users in Lambeth.

Age UK research suggests that there are 2,550 lonely older people in Lambeth, and that 1.2 million older people in England are chronically lonely. That’s an awful lot of loneliness that can be alleviated with just small actions from the people around. If you feel you could offer an hour or so a week to befriend an older person, or make a small donation, Age UK Lambeth will match you up with someone. Apply to be a befriending volunteer and help make someone’s New Year here: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/lambeth/getinvolved/

To keep up with any Age UK Lambeth updates, events and developments, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Volunteer at the B£ Cafe!

Would you like to get involved in the first pay-what-you-feel cafe in South London, run by the Brixton Pound? We’re looking for volunteers to help out on weekday afternoons or weekends – be part of a unique local community project!

  • The B£ Cafe was set up in July 2016 at 77 Atlantic Road. From the start, it was operating on a pay-what-you-feel basis: meaning customers could decide how much they want to pay for their food and drink. This system means all customers have an opportunity to be generous, or have an affordable experience.
  • We have partnered up with local organisations and businesses to source the Cafe’s food and drink from local surplus – perfectly edible food that would otherwise be wasted – and turn it into delicious and healthy meals.
  • The Cafe has also become an art space, hosting exhibitions and shows by local artists, as well as plenty of other community events.
  • As with all our initiatives the cafe is a not-for-profit, with all revenue supporting the local community via the Brixton Fund.

Would you like to volunteer some of your time to the B£ Cafe? We are looking particularly for people available during afternoons and weekends who could help with preparing food and drinks, serving customers, and telling them more about the B£. Cafe experience would be a plus, but we provide full training + travel and childcare expenses if you need them.

If you’re interested, come to the Volunteer Welcome Evening on Wed 1st Feb, from 6.30pm at the Cafe. It’ll be a chance to find out more about the opportunity and meet other volunteers.

If you can’t make it on the evening but would still be interested in getting involved, drop us an email at info@brixtonpound.org or come by the Cafe for a chat (opening hours are Mon 8am-5:30pm, Tue-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm).

Please spread the word among your friends and networks!

Best Christmas present in Brixton: the Bowie prints are on sale!

We’re very happy to say that the very special limited edition Bowie print is now on sale, just in time for Christmas! It will make an excellent present to any Brixtonite or Bowie fan. You can buy the print for £600 at bit.ly/bowieprint or at the B£ Cafe at 77 Atlantic Road.

The A3 print features the award-winning B£10 “David Bowie” note.

The edition of 300 – of which 250 are offered for sale – went into production in December 2015, with David Bowie’s approval.

The print has been produced by the note’s designers, This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll, together with Orion Security Print, the company responsible for printing the Brixton Pound notes.

The print is produced on the same diamond-patterned security paper as the circulation notes, and features several of their original features such as orange fluorescent ink and die-cut metallic & holographic foiling.

Both sides of the note are displayed, featuring Duffy’s iconic photograph of David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust guise from the cover of Aladdin Sane, as well as a detail from the Nuclear Dawn mural on Brixton’s Coldharbour Lane.

Each print is titled ( –2016) in pencil, individually numbered in both black and metallic ink, and blind-stamped by the designers. The print will also be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Brixton Pound.

All proceeds will go directly into the Brixton Fund, a grant scheme managed by the Brixton Pound to support community initiatives in the area.You can buy the print for £600 at bit.ly/bowieprint or at the B£ Cafe at 77 Atlantic Road.

 

Details about the print:

Offset lithograph printed in colour with fluorescent ink and die-cut mirror with gold and silver foil on watermarked banknote paper

247 x 235 mm

Edition of 300

Titled, numbered, and blindstamped by This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll; accompanied by certificate of authenticity