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Cafe INDIEpendent

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Cafe INDIEpendent

Cafe INDIEpendent

David Plumtree By David Plumtree

A coffee and music house! a starbucks (that pays tax) by day, arts venue by night, a social enterprise incubator unit upstairs - providing work experience for 120 disadvantaged young people a year.

Scunthorpe Delivery stage

pledged of £183,270

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

To provide work experience, training and development opportunities in a youth-led ‘Coffee and Music House’ (and social enterprise incubator) at the heart of the High Street; serving as a resource to improve disadvantaged young people’s chances in life.
Young people will access work experience, formal and informal training, and opportunities to develop ideas, in a supportive environment. We aim to:
• Reduce the negative mental health and well being impact of long term unemployment.
• Develop the transferable business skills of young people, with a focus on social impact, and offer opportunities for young people to create employment through the development of enterprises.
• Empower more young people to share skills and experience with adults/business mentors.
• Encourage young people to mix with and learn from outside of their usual peer group, recognising the value of different experiences
• Deliver inter-generational activity, conversation - breaking down barriers in the community

What we'll deliver:

  • Deliver a structured, accredited training programme to 120 disadvantaged young people per year.
  • Create an environment that is both welcoming and stimulating, promoting the positive contribution of young people
  • Develop 5 social enterprises per year in the 'incubator unit'
  • Place young people at the heart of the community - delivering opportunities for inter-generational communication.
  • Secure a 15 year lease to open a coffee and music house, and set the foundation for a new High Street.

Why it's a great idea:

Maybe the death knoll just sounded for our town centre with the confirmation of an out of town retail development. But there's some of us who believe this could just be the beginning for the High Street. A flourishing alternative High Street, where independents thrive and people travel to visit it, to find things that just aren't available at your (insert generic retailer here) store. The cafe will serve as a resource to develop young people, but also for the whole community to use. A place where the arts come alive, where the community gather for performances, exhibitions and to celebrate and recognise our differences and our younger generation, representing a new life for the High Street. This will be the hub from which empty shops come alive, as we support young people to develop their own enterprises and inject new blood, enthusiasm and above all sound business ideas into our local economy.

Steps to get it done:

  • Majority of funding already secured through the Big Lottery
  • Promoting the project and contribution of young people through social media
  • Working with council, estate agents and pro bono legal advice to secure premises
  • Working with our partnership of Job Centre Plus, North Lincs Council, VANL and INDIEpendent

The project offers tangible work experience alongside employability workshops. These have a symbiotic relationship, providing the opportunity to put into practice and reinforce the development that takes place. The project provides opportunities for youth-led action - supporting young people to take the lead is an effective tool for engagement, because projects spring from their passions and interests. Focussing the 'business start-up' on social enterprise fosters a culture of social responsibility and therefore a stronger community; of young people working together to address problems. The focus on skill sharing across stereotypical divides (e.g. class/age) encourages a sense of belonging to a wider community.
We've already delivered three successful social enterprises that stunned the streets of scunny!


Location Scunthorpe

About the space

empty shops...lack of identity...but people with character


North Lincolnshire Council

How will the money be spent?Total £183,269

Refurbishment and Equipment (office, arts, catering) - £57,000 (31%)
Staffing Costs - Delivery of training programmes, development expertise, social networking - £50,000 (27%)
Stock and consumables - £30,000 (16%)
Commercial Unit - Rental Costs - £25,000 (14%)
Commercial Unit - Overheads - £9,000 (5%)
Commercial Unit - Business Rates (rate relief) - £7,500 (4%)
Monitoring and Evaluation - £1,500 (1%)
Other - £3,269 (2%)

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.

Refurbishment and Equipment (office, arts, catering)
Staffing Costs - Delivery of training programmes, development expertise, social networking
Stock and consumables
Commercial Unit - Rental Costs
Commercial Unit - Overheads
Commercial Unit - Business Rates (rate relief)
Monitoring and Evaluation
Other Read More
  • Transaction Fees
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT

Total £183,269

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