Catering with less waste and more delicious

You can now hire the Brixton Pound for catering events: snacks for talks and workshops, hot meals for community meetings, buffets at art exhibitions, one-pots for corporate events. Whatever your budget, let us feed your guests using some of the finest ingredients saved from landfill. Our inventive veggie and vegan menu is inspired by the donated ingredients we receive, and executed by our talented team.

Surplus food workshops

We can also deliver on- or off-site workshops for five to 15 people, teaching practical techniques for making dishes from surplus and preserving leftovers. Whether you’d like a pickling workshop, fermentation demonstration or cooking class, we have skills-based learning programmes to suit your organisation.

Contact Cafe Manager Sean for quotes and enquires on kitchen@brixtonpound.org or 07985 773109

Last chance to buy first edition Brixton Pounds

We are definitely not bringing Christmas into October but we’ve just released these beautiful collectors’ packs of first editions which will make ace presents (any time of the year). They are uncirculated, in mint condition and therefore extremely rare. When they’ve gone, well, yes, they’ve gone. The pack contains an Olive Morris note, a James Lovelock note, a CLR James note and a Vincent van Gogh note. And they’re just £25. Email thomas@brixtonpound.org if you’d like one.

Olive Morris was a British community leader and activist in the feminist, black nationalist, and squatters’ rights campaigns of the 1970s.

Free film night explores future of food production

Come along to our free film night at the Brixton Pound Cafe. The event is free but please consider giving us a donation to cover our costs.

In Our Hands

In Our Hands explores a quiet revolution that is transforming the way our food is produced and distributed. Our current industrial food system is a vast and wheezing giant that is only upheld by a stilted subsidy regime that pays out to landowners and leaves many farmers by the wayside.

But from the hedge-rows and by-roads, the fields and furrows can now be heard the stirring of change! Stories from the global South have inspired farmers and food workers in our snug little island, with the idea of food sovereignty and a global movement to take back control of the food system.

From the grazier reviving the art of pasture, to the grower erecting a poly-tunnel in the heart of East London or the farmer saving a handful of ancient grain, a new agricultural landscape is emerging. Here rural traditions meet modern innovations in a new food system that will bring back life to the soil, a fair wage to the farmer and a flavour to the tomato!

Throughout the tumultuous summer of the Brexit referendum the Landworkers’ Alliance joined forces with two film-makers, to unearth the farms and faces that are making this change happen.

We stand on the brink, the future is uncertain, but the seeds of a better food system are In Our Hands!

Event details

The film is being shown on Wednesday 3 October at 7pm at the Brixton Pound Cafe  at 77 Atlantic Road. One of the producers of In Our Hands, Holly Black, will be attending the event. Please donate what you can so that we can continue to run progressive film nights at the cafe. Please register for your free tickets.

What will blockchain mean for communities and the Brixton Pound?

Blockchain, the Brixton Pound and activism

Discover and discuss what the blockchain could mean for Brixton, community activism and the Brixton Pound. Blockchain promises a lot, but what is it, and what impact could it have socially and economically? Can it foster inclusion—and what will it mean for those who don’t participate?

Guy Davies, Blockchain Consultant for Blockpass IDN will share his experience of navigating the exploding blockchain ecosystem, and what mass adoption might mean for us all.

There will follow an open session chaired by the Brixton Pound on how blockchain might be adopted and positively applied in our community.

How to get tickets

Tickets are free for this event. You can get them via Eventbrite.

Brixton Design Trail

Designing Inclusion is part of a week of free radical, design- and Brixton-focused events called Brixton Design Trail 2018.

Free creative session for songwriters

We are delighted to announce a free event for aspiring, current or ‘used-to-be’ songwriters. On Friday 28 September at 7.30pm at the cafe, the South London Songwriter’s Lodge present the Songwriter’s Showcase.

South London Songwriter’s Lodge, is a songwriters support network made up of an eclectic group of songwriters. The writers are at varying stages in their songwriting development. The group meets monthly to share new work and support each other’s experiments. This showcase is a sharing of new work and ideas created over the past year. The group is always happy to welcome new members. All stages of development and all genres (even made up ones) are welcome. Come along and check us out. Bring your curiosity and an open mind.

For more information, email myrtala.thomas@yahoo.co.uk

Important changes to paying by text using Brixton Pounds

From the end of August 2018, we have retired the ability to pay by text in Brixton Pounds as we explore other innovative ways of paying with local currency. The paper Brixton Pounds remain a great way of boosting our local economy and strengthening our community.

If you are a business or individual who opened a pay-by-text account in the past, we wanted to say a huge thank you for your support. It’s been so important for us. We have sent emails to everyone with an account to let them know next steps. Please email madeleine@brixtonpound.org if you’d like us to send it again.

Every week, our menu of donated ingredients ensures we save 65kgs of food from landfill.

You can use our paper currency in many shops and restaurants in and around Brixton, including the Brixton Pound Cafe. We know it encourages local trade, maintains the diversity of the high street and sustains pride in Brixton.

We rely on the support of people like you to continue our progressive work. Whether it’s eating a delicious pay-what-you-can lunch made from surplus food, hiring space or taking part in low-cost reiki, yoga, film nights or supper clubs, your involvement in our work is hugely beneficial. We will be consulting the wider community when we develop our new payment platform. Thank you once again and we look forward to seeing you at the cafe very soon.

Brixton Design Trail comes to Brixton Pound

As part of Brixton Design Trail 2018 (15 to 23 September), the Brixton Pound Cafe are proud to present workshops and an exhibition by our free children’s art group, Kids Kreate.

 

Using recycled and other materials we will imagine, draw and figure out together the things kids would love to see in a playground – kids usually have the best ideas! The mix of 2d and small 3d work will be shown with Krishan’s and strengthen his plan to gain funding for this local Adventure Playground. An exciting project, we would love to see you inspire it.

Inspire and create

What will you make? Your ideas of how to climb, swing, tunnel, slide and make a hut to hide in of course! How about interactive toys too, maybe a bike that powers lights for fun signs – play, love, laugh? Giant puzzle toys to solve together that are powered by skipping ropes or perhaps an unfinished bridge where extra pieces can be used in many ways to cross it? These ideas are entirely up to you, it’s all about the excitement of inspiration and creation.

Each child will make two things, one to take home and one to remain at Brixton Pound Café for the Exhibition. The architect will be there to explain the design process and brings knowledge and technical skills to this fun and collaborative day.

Event details

No need to book, it’s a pop in workshop. It is being held on Saturday 15 and Saturday 22 September between 11:00 and 16:30 at the Brixton Pound Cafe.

About Kids Kreate

Kids Create is a weekly free art club for children age 5 – 12 held at the Brixton Pound Café every Saturday morning, exploring lots of ways of making, from clay modelling to shoe design. Hosted by Jackie Keane, the group gives children in Brixton a creative outlet to learn and grow. Kids Kreate plan to expand by Crowdfunding to form a Community Interest Company which will give them the ability to provide art at other venues in Lambeth. Without doubt there is a real need for this and as art continues to disappear from schools as well as children’s centres, Kids Kreate can ensure their community that they will always be there for them.

Participatory photography with Railton Road residents

Our latest display is a large-scale print as part of Never Far Away a project by the artists, Josh Wright & Guillaume Vandame, collectively known as Wright & Vandame. Between the autumn 2016 and the early spring 2018, while on a socially engaged lens-based residency with Photofusion in Brixton, the artist collective were inspired to understand the greater changes rapidly happening across London through art. As a case study, the artists chose to focus exclusively on one street and that street just so happened to be Railton Road, a stone’s throw away from the Brixton Pound Cafe.

The artist duo became fascinated by Railton Road because of its history of radical social and political movements of the late 20th century and the impact of gentrification on the area and these histories. Through research and collaboration with residents living on Railton Road, the artists became interested in the theme of open and closed spaces.

Through this theme the artists drew attention to organisations and community spaces which had lost local funding and become abandoned, alongside charities which lacked visibility of the invaluable services offered to the public. Never Far Away consists of photographs created
by the participants and local residents as well as an offsite exhibition trail on Railton Road at various sites including the Brixton Pound Cafe.

The artists have made a free map and poster for visitors to take away, but feel free to get lost and find yourself at the heart of Brixton and discover Railton Road for yourself!

Intrepid photographers brave a rainy day to capture the best of Railton Road…

Taking Part
An exhibition of socially-engaged photography curated by Anthony Luvera

22nd February to 17th March 2018
Photofusion
17A Electric Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LA
Mon-Sat 10-6pm; Sun: Closed

Looking for volunteers to help fight social isolation

Looking for a way to get involved in your community, help others and have lots of fun this new year? The SpaceCraft is looking for volunteers, and there’s lots of ways to get involved and help!

The SpaceCraft is a new not-for-profit local social enterprise working to reduce the risk of loneliness and social isolation locally, set up with the help of the Brixton Pound. It brings people together to craft a range of beautiful gifts and treats – profits from the sale of products go towards sustaining the project and helping it to grow.

It launched last year, working with local people including older people and people with care needs to create a beautiful range of baby gifts and Christmas gifts. And this year they’ll be working with even more people at risk of social isolation in Brixton making a new range of products, and need local people to come and get involved too!

At this early stage, they’re looking for ideas and energy from local crafters to come help shape the range of craft activities they can offer at weekly community craft sessions – so whether you’re an artist, knitter, card maker, screenprinter, photographer, designer (or someone offering something else entirely!) and you’re happy to share your skills with others locally then please get in touch with Kim – you don’t have to be a professional!

They’re also looking for helpers to come and assist at their weekly sessions in Brixton on Tuesdays 10am-12pm. Sessions are lots of fun and you don’t need any experience to come and help. If you would like to get involved but cannot make these sessions, then please do still get involved as there are lots of ways to be part of the project of this fun and rewarding community project.

Also, if you have experience of running creative sessions with people with disabilities, support needs or limited mobility, please do let us know.

For more info or to express your interest in getting involved, please get in touch with Kim on kim.stanway@hotmail.co.uk or 07950 935 007.