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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:


Have you heard about BRIXTON HEROES…

…the new Brixton Pound initiative? We want to engage members of our very diverse local community, to make their stories heard, and to involve them in the design of the second issue of the Brixton Pound notes.

Brixton is a multiethnic and multicultural community, with history and achievements to be proud of.

With BRIXTON HEROES we seek to counteract negative stereotypes, and to give Brixton’s local people and communities a stronger voice to talk about their experiences and what matters to them.

If successful, we will collect people’s stories about local unsung heroes and their thoughts about Brixton. We will talk with local business owners, young people, older people, carers, people with disabilities, activists, and other workers and residents who are striving to improve the wellbeing of the local area.

We will also produce a short film featuring interviews with these Brixton heroes, whose thoughts and stories will inform the design of a new issue of the local currency to be launched in autumn 2011.

So we are competing for a £5,000 grant through the Coop Join the Revolution award, but the decision as to which initiative should get the money is down to the public, therefore we need your vote!

Please click  here to cast your vote, and help us turn our BRIXTON HEROES idea  into a reality.

Deadline is midnight 29th May.

Thank you.

The Brixton Pound team

Ssssh…Brixton's best-kept secret hosts B£ fundraiser

Our Beautiful Brixton fundraiser event went with a bang on Sunday 10th April, with some amazing new looks emerging from what is officially the best-kept secret in the Brixton’s hair universe.

Ivan and his team at Hair Focus gave Brixton Pound supporters some gorgeous haircuts and makeovers at unbeatable prices, helping us raise a whopping £320.

However, for those of you who could not make it this time, worry not. Your tresses will still have the opportunity to get the Hair Focus treatment. The salon runs special offers all the time, and who knows, we may even be doing another fundraiser there soon…

So pop into Hair Focus, only five minutes walk from Brixton tube station, on Overton Road, in a relaxed setting away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre.

The salon has been offering haircuts and makeovers for three years, and is a favourite of returning customers and Brixton Pound supporters. Go once, and you won’t look back – you’ll get a super-relaxing head massage as your hair is washed by friendly stylists using quality Italian hair products. You can find Hair Focus on Facebook at

And for all those dog lovers out there, you may even get a glimpse of the gorgeous four-month old puppy Sandia (‘sandia’ means ‘watermelon’ in Spanish) who will no doubt charm you with her clumsy puppy energy.

So from the Brixton Pound team, a huge thank you to Hair Focus and all those who came down to support us on the day!

All proceeds will help the Brixton Pound promote local trade and production, and a stronger local economy.

'Beautiful Brixton' fundraising event

We are delighted to announce the Brixton Pound 2nd Fundraising Event, to be hosted by Hair Focus Salon, hair and image specialists. This hairstyle and makeover event is taking place on Sunday 10th April, 10-6pm.

So give yourself or someone you love a fresh new look this spring, with a haircut and/or a makeover session, and take advantage of a haircut and blow dry for £20 (normal price £43), and/or a makeover package for £25 (normal price £170). But do hurry, spaces are limited and appointments will be given on a first come first basis.

All proceeds will help the Brixton Pound encourage local trade and production, and help us promote a stronger and diverse local economy in which small independent businesses, and the communities they represent, have a fair chance to thrive.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

The Brixton Pound Hair Focus Fundraiser: making Brixton beautiful!