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The Brixton Pound Cafe

Funded on Spacehive 5 September 2017

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The Brixton Pound Cafe

The Brixton Pound Cafe

The Brixton Pound CIC By The Brixton Pound CIC

Help transform the Brixton Pound Cafe into an accessible platform for community activity, including performances, workshops, meeting space, and culinary events.

South Lambeth Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 05 Sep 2017!

We started with just a cafetiere and a toaster. In a short space of time we’ve become home to people wanting to find out more about the area, launch a new group, put on an experimental night, or host a workshop. Since opening we’ve hosted over 100 free events and saved over two tonnes of food, feeding over a thousand people in the process. It’s also the Bank of Brixton, where people come to get hold of local currency. We’ve done this on a limited budget and without the resources to fulfil every request that we receive from people and groups who want to use our space for community good. With better facilities and dedicated resourcing, we will be able to put on breakfast clubs, provide food training workshops, host regular community meals, provide space for performers and artists, and actively engage more people to become involved in the local area.

What we'll deliver:

  • Equip our kitchen to produce more food, better cater for events, and make it accessible for local groups to use
  • Increase the amount of surplus food we can store and save from going to waste
  • Equip the space to host brilliant events
  • Hire a Community Activator to make sure we're connecting people from across Brixton and bring them into the space
  • Upgrade our electronic currency to enable more people to use it in Brixton

Why it's a great idea:

When we set up the Brixton Pound currency in 2009, we wanted to encourage local trading while also celebrating our community. Since then, over 10,000 people have used the currency in over 200 businesses. However, we have realised that we have more than just a currency here in Brixton. We have a community of businesses, residents, voluntary organisations, and visitors who want to take part in a different kind of economy where people and place matter as much as money. The Brixton Pound Cafe gives them a home, a place to connect, and hopefully become more actively involved in the area. There are no spaces in Brixton where anyone can walk in and leave more engaged in what is happening locally - and empowered to be part of it. Whether it’s coming to our cafe with an idea, or with time to contribute to a local cause, or spending the Brixton Pound, we take the desire to do something good and make it real.

Steps to get it done:

  • Refit the kitchen and start producing fresh meals every day based on a rotating menu
  • Launch party! Come and join us and see what's new
  • 1 tonne up! We've saved 1000kg of food from going to waste
  • 20 people to demo beta upgraded electronic currency platform
  • Launch new electronic currency - go and discover the best of Brixton and feel good about spending money!

Brixton has transformed over the past few years. The pressures of gentrification have led to a loss of traditional meeting places like pubs, community centres and affordable cafés. At the same time, people moving to Brixton have brought energy, skills, and a desire to become more involved in the area. In an area experiencing rapid change, an accessible platform for social exchange between new, old, disenfranchised, engaged, businesses, residents and community-facing organisations is vital. Our cafe, currency and fund means that we can reach everyone, and provide a bridge between different groups. Funding at this moment in time is crucial to helping us with this, and ensuring that we stick around for the long haul. We have two years left on our lease. If we make a success of this, we will be in a stronger position to secure a permanent home for us in Brixton and keep community on the high street. Come and help us make it possible!


Location South Lambeth

About the space

We are based in central Brixton, just 5 minutes from Brixton station. We are at the intersection of where different parts of Brixton collide. Some of the poorest parts of London are a street away from highly sought after properties.


London Borough of Lambeth

How will the money be spent?Total £12,326

Part time Community Activator - £5,496 (45%)
Commercial kitchen equipment + refit - £5,096 (41%)
Suitable furniture for events and the cafe space - £655 (5%)
Storage for surplus food - £500 (4%)
Other - £579 (5%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Part time Community Activator
Commercial kitchen equipment + refit
Suitable furniture for events and the cafe space
Storage for surplus food
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £12,326

Our Volunteer List

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