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YNC Pay As You Feel Community Cafe

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YNC Pay As You Feel Community Cafe

York Nurturing Community By York Nurturing Community

YNC aims to bring a Pay As You Feel Community Café to York City Centre in the new Piccadilly Spark:York development, using intercepted surplus/donated food to prepare healthy allergy-friendly meals.

York Idea stage

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Our unique café is made up of a 20ft container housing the kitchen & a small retail space opening onto a large covered seating area. A Pay As You Feel model adopted for food sales allows patrons to pay what they feel the meal is worth or what they can afford. A Pay It Forward model used for beverage sales means patrons can opt to pay for extra items that can be claimed by anyone who cannot afford to purchase one themselves. The use of intercepted surplus food from stores raises awareness around food waste & its environmental impact. Various free & paid groups, events & workshops have been developed to appeal to all demographics & are scheduled daily. Our Volunteer Programme aims to lessen isolation via social prescription & is open to any interested individuals, thus creating community cohesion & building relationships. This inclusive & welcoming environment will act as a Community Hub for all York residents & visitors alike, serving as a full days entertainment or a quick healthy meal

What we'll deliver:

  • Use a Pay As You Feel model for food sales, breaking down socio-economic barriers
  • Use a Pay It Forward model for beverage sales, encouraging community cohesion
  • Use donated food, encouraging community involvement
  • Use food grown on our allotment, creating an all-inclusive community project
  • Use funds from the cafe, after expenses, to create offshoots in various York wards to provide much needed services
  • Use intercepted surplus food that would otherwise end up in landfill/incineration, thus reducing carbon emissions
  • Create a welcoming, all-inclusive Community cafe that anyone can visit, regardless of socio-ecomonic status
  • Develop a Volunteer Programme providing work experience, skills training and reducing social isolation
  • Offer groups and events for all demographics, promoting education and socialisation
  • Support small creative business and artists

Why it's a great idea:

It is estimated that 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted globally each year, amounting to nearly 40% of production. The UK alone is responsible for 750 million metric tonnes of Carbon emissions per year. Our business model aims to bring about public awareness to this serious environmental issue. We will also promote a 'less waste' attitude amongst our patrons. YNC believes food is a basic human right and commits to providing a meal to any patron visiting the café. Through this approach, we aim to increase awareness around financial hardship. Alongside this, our groups and events have been designed to promote community cohesion and involvement, lessen social isolation and break down socio-economic barriers. By actively creating volunteer opportunities, we can offer work experience, skills training, social integration and learning opportunities. This venture will also allow YNC to develop into a self-sustainable project and continue to expand its services and reach into the community.

Steps to get it done:

  • begin outfitting of container
  • confirm kitchen appliance rental
  • interview and hire paid staff
  • locate and rent appropriate food storage space
  • order branded staff t-shirts and chefs wear
  • order marketing material
  • order non-perishable consumables
  • order signage (chalkboard and cafe signage)
  • order/manufacture retail products
  • purchase decor and seating/restaurant equipment
  • purchase educational toys and books
  • secure local artist for artwork on container facade
  • apply for business insurance/PPL
  • apply for licensing/permits
  • pay any upfront start-up costs
  • purchase excess kitchen equipment
  • purchase of kitchen cabinetry/worktops
  • purchase safe play equipment
  • secure building contractor for outfitting works

There are currently no cafes in York using either the Pay-As-You-Feel or Pay-It-Forward approach while using intercepted surplus and donated food and offering workshops and events. An overwhelming number York parents that attend our pop-up café venue have indicated their difficulty in finding a venue that is safe and family friendly in the city centre. Our model is unique in that not only does it tick these boxes but also helps grow and improve the community through its various programmes and services. Alongside this our regular groups and events will make YNC café a destination venue where patrons can come for a quick visit or spend the whole day in a relaxed and welcoming environment. There may be concern around the Pay As You Feel ethos not generating enough capital to create a secure business however an article in the Guardian states that patrons often pay more that they feel the meal is worth due to their recognition of the benefit such a venue brings. Donations are also common.

Location York

About the space

Spark:York is transforming this vacant plot into a vibrant and exciting venue for local businesses and entreprenuers to develop and expand their concepts. Using containers of various sizes, the venue will house bars, restuarants and retail stores and bring much needed life into this area of the City. YNC is applying for a 40ft container space.


City of York Council

How will the money be spent?Total £19,166

1 months payroll - £5,220 (27%)
2 months rental fees - £4,170 (22%)
Kitchen furniture - £2,250 (12%)
decor - £1,100 (6%)
Fitting fees - £1,000 (5%)
Barista Coffee Grounds - £750 (4%)
Initial retail stock - £690 (4%)
Signage/Chalkboards - £600 (3%)
Safe play equipment - £500 (3%)
Start-up biodegradable take away containers - £455 (2%)
Other - £2,431 (13%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

1 months payroll
2 months rental fees
Kitchen furniture
Fitting fees
Barista Coffee Grounds
Initial retail stock
Safe play equipment
Start-up biodegradable take away containers
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • Cookware etc
  • VAT
  • Legal
  • apply for business insurance/PPL

Total £19,166

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Design of marketing and promotional material
  • A marketing and social media plan
  • Website development and maintenance
  • Organisation of fundraising events
  • Help in writing funding bids
  • Help in writing bids for social investment
  • Skills in the development of a community allotment space
  • Product development and manufacture
  • Help in the design and décor of the café space
  • Creation of videos and photographic content
  • Writing of press release and assistance with creating media interest in the project
  • Assistance with market research
  • Donations of furniture and décor items that can be upcycled or used as is in the café
  • Donations of educational books and toys for all ages
  • Donations of kitchen appliances, bowls, pots and pans
  • Donations of children's soft-play equipment
  • Donations of light fixtures
  • Donations of shelving
  • Offers of help from contractors, fitters and individuals willing to help in the set up of the venue
  • landscape consumables and equipment including brushcutters / grass trimmers, mowers, hand tools, gloves and other personal protective equipment
  • A laptop
  • Writing of a press release

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