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Help secure our future (and watch us on telly)

We’ve been filming all day with the lovely crew from Saturday Kitchen. Watch it on Saturday 2 February for interviews and a day in the life of our fabulous cafe.

We’ve also rolled out our fundraising campaign to help secure the future of the cafe. As you know, Brixton Pound Cafe is London’s first and only radical, pay-what-you-can cafe using surplus food saved from landfill. With the help of City Harvest, we save 50kg of fresh produce every week and use it to create our delicious, affordable and inventive vegan & vegetarian menu. We need your help to keep the cafe running as it’s a vital resource in our community, providing a non-judgemental space with fantastic coffee and hot meals. We are looking to raise £10,000 over the next month ensure the future of our radical community project and help share our knowledge and practical expertise with other local and national organisations.

Our main aims are; to actively reduce food waste in the borough of Lambeth, to host accessible events promoting health and well-being, and to socially engage the most isolated and vulnerable members of our community. Pay-what-you-can works very simply; all food and drink in our cafe has suggested prices, but we encourage patrons who can to pay more, so that others can pay less. What would you normally pay? How much can you pay today? Are you able to help someone else out? Please take a look, share, help us if you can 🙏🏽. The link is here:

https://www.gofundme.com/raise-money-for-brixton-pound-cafe-cic

 

Pop traders Bharat & Jean help turn murky storage space into brand spanking new gym for local club Afewee

Afewee founder Steadman Scott shows off his new gym

Afewee Boxing & Football Club, an integral part of the Brixton community, was set up by local Steadman Scott in ’97 in order to fill a gap in society. Seeing young black teenagers and kids spending their spare time out on the street, Scott, who’d been working for Crystal Palace FC, sought to create direction, purpose and discipline in the lives of youngsters via his football (and later boxing) club.

The aim is to create a positive environment for kids who might not otherwise experience one. At Afewee, rules are important: ‘We show that that it takes discipline, hard work and sacrifice to succeed.’ The kids also see that they are striving for something worthwhile, as their peers win places in top sporting teams: as of today, the club has seen more than twenty of its alumni win scholarships or professional signings with teams that include Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Afewee training has taken place in Brixton Rec since the very beginning. But recently, in need of an upgraded gym, Scott approached Pop Brixton for some support. He found himself in touch with Bharat & Jean, spatial designers who turned out to be just the right people to help the club out.

Pop Brixton businesses are part of a local Community Investment Scheme, a project that links up businesses with local community groups and charities to help those businesses give back to their local community. Every business gives back at least 1 hour per week to the local community.

‘We told them we had funding, and how we wanted it, and they drew it up with graphics software. When we needed the plans adjusted, we just asked them and they were happy to help.’ The partnership was fruitful, as you can see in the picture above – and Scott gives the scheme a solid review: ‘if you know what you want, they’ll give you a helping hand.’

Other organisations supported by the scheme include Tulse Hill’s GLOW project, who are receiving some help with the design of their new co-working space, Brixton Rec Users’ Group, who new Pop business Azeus are helping with their marketing strategy, and children’s art group Kids Kreate! who are receiving mentoring to help them set up and run a crowdfunder.

If you’re a community group and you’d like to explore how you could benefit from the project, get in touch with Lucy via lucy@brixtonpound.org.

We’ve covered the history of Brixton’s renowned local club Afewee before here, and you can also read more about them in the Guardian.

The Pop Brixton Community Investment Scheme is a way for local groups to access support in the form of free workshops, training and work placements, as well as more bespoke support along the lines of that provided by Bharat & Jean here.

Did you catch it? Baytree Centre’s Point of View exhibition

Our latest exhibition was by a group of girls from the Baytree Centre, a local hub on Brixton Road where women and girls can access support through education, training and social programmes.

They worked with homeless people in Brixton to create an exhibition showcasing their perspectives, with support from the Brixton Soup Kitchen.

They showcased the pictures at a launch event at the Brixton Pound Cafe. You can read more about it here.

At the Brixton Pound we support local artists and creative projects by offering low cost exhibition space and studio facilities, either upstairs in our cafe or in our large basement. We’re always on the lookout for local artists to stage exhibitions at our cafe. If you’re interested, get in touch!

Photos credit Alan Slingsby