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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.

#YourPound – Meet the Trader: Nour Cash & Carry

This blog post is by Hayley James, who is researching the Brixton Pound as part of her MA in Social Anthropology

Nour Cash & Carry has been a feature of the local community in Brixton for 20 years. For the last 12 years, they’ve been based in Market Row, selling all sorts of provisions, some from all over the world. Don’t be fooled by the deceptively small entrances on Market Row and Electric Avenue, it’s really big inside with a huge variety. The rows of spices, fresh fruit and vegetables look and smell amazing.

photo 3Nour’s customers are mainly local people, be it local foodies who want good-quality ingredients, or traders running the restaurants in the area, many of whom rely on Nour for a whole host of ingredients and supplies. One of the traders we recently spoke to described Nour as the centre of Brixton’s Universe, because you see everyone in there from time to time!

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We were really pleased in January when Nour Supermarket started accepting the B£ through pay-by-text. They wanted to support their loyal local customers in developing the currency for the community. Since then, they’ve seen a slow but steady custom from B£ users using pay-by-text, including a few new customers who want to use B£.

Saja told us that so far the currency is working well for Nour, the pay-by-text service is good and their customers like that they now accept it. And it’s been especially good in supporting reciprocal trade – Saja can often be found using her B£ for much-needed coffee nearby inRosie’s or Seven!

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So head to Nour for all your food needs, what a great way to spend #yourpound!