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Buddhas Belly By Buddhas Belly

A community hub: part coffee shop/deli space specialising in affordable, fresh food and produce, part workshop space. Uses will include exhibitions, children's workshops & events.

Croydon Fundraising stage

pledged of £34,937
days left

Pledges will only be charged if the project hits its funding goal of £34,937 by 17 Dec 2018

We are awaiting a lease on the building. In the unlikely event that this is not secured, no money will be taken from backers. Buddhas Belly will be a coffee shop/deli & community space serving fresh, locally sourced food with a simple, seasonally inspired menu & affordable fresh produce. We aim to have a focus on food that is healthy but still delicious, simple & affordable. We will also focus on the different arts in the community, providing a space for artists & makers to display or exhibit their work for free, musicians to utilise the workshop space for events/studio time & so on. There will also be a focus on working with young people in the local community to provide them with the resources to feed their creativity, with workshops, projects & events. We aim for Buddhas Belly to be a social hub, community resource & place where you can go to feel inspired & connect with like-minded people, or just hang out & eat some tasty food!

What we'll deliver:

  • A local venue for free/affordable events & workshops
  • Fresh, affordable & delicious food & produce
  • A place for artists and musicians to work & gain exposure
  • Jobs for people in the local community
  • Opportunity to volunteer & exchange skills
  • Sell produce from local community gardens & local suppliers
  • Youth clubs/workshops during school holidays

Why it's a great idea:

We want to give a space to the community that allows creative & financial freedom. This means that we can enjoy many different art forms in one space: music, art, meditation anything! With the freedom of affordability, anyone can enjoy & use this space. This will help local, self-employed individuals, artists & local residents to have a versatile space to use. We would love to have local artists have an input in the design & decoration of the space as well, giving them an opportunity to display their art. In a similar vain, we will aim to provide youth projects & workshops that will run over weeks in the holidays/weekends. Buddhas Belly will provide an opportunity for the community to come together for a positive purpose, whether that is volunteering your time to youth projects, attending events to support your local artists and makers, or supporting local suppliers & community gardens.

Steps to get it done:

  • Securing the perfect location to accommodate our idea
  • Refurbish and refit where necessary
  • Contact local artists to help redecorate
  • Contact local suppliers, community gardens and allotments for stock
  • Grand opening to the public (food and music event)

FOOD: We aim to provide local people with locally grown produce, & an extra income to local suppliers and community gardens. We will sell fresh seasonal produce, & some other basic goods. A report shows that at least £39m has been cut from council youth services over the last seven years (BBC, 2018), now is the time to take action & provide a space where young people can socialise, create & learn in a safe environment. We will also have a deli style counter which will provide deli meats & cheeses, as well as our BUDDHA BOWLS - You can pick & choose to customise a bowl or choose from our own creations! WORKSHOPS & EVENTS: Having rooted ourselves in the South London community, we have a large network of creatives who are willing to share & exchange their skills - from registered youth workers & musicians, to jewellery makers & performers, we will be able to provide a space for a wide range of interesting projects & workshops for young people & adults.


Location Croydon

Croydon has 91 other projects and £1,345,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

Location to be in the borough of Bromley or Croydon or Camberwell


London Borough of Croydon

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How will the money be spent?Total £34,937

First 6 months rent - £7,500 (21%)
Shop Refurbishment - £5,000 (14%)
Decorating materials - £4,000 (11%)
Deposit for shop (3 months) - £3,750 (11%)
Part-time weekend employee for first 6 months (UK Living Wage 2018 £8.75) - £2,940 (8%)
Shop refit - £2,000 (6%)
Merchandise/Stock - £2,000 (6%)
Deli counter/fridge and display fridge - £2,000 (6%)
Workshop Materials - £1,500 (4%)
Reclaimed furniture - £900 (3%)
Other - £3,347 (10%)

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.

First 6 months rent
Shop Refurbishment
Decorating materials
Deposit for shop (3 months)
Part-time weekend employee for first 6 months (UK Living Wage 2018 £8.75)
Shop refit
Deli counter/fridge and display fridge
Workshop Materials
Reclaimed furniture
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on: We'll use any extra funds for; - Extra funding for Youth workshops/hiring staff - Developing our own/join forces with a local community garden - Develop a local veg box delivery service

Total £34,937

Our Wish List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and stuff to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Offer Something' button to the right to get involved.
  • -Help with social media and marketing - Help with contacts for pledges
  • coffee machine
  • Upright catering fridge

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