Welcome to The 12 Days Of Crowdfunding… a celebration of our top picks from 2017 – and trust me, there were a lot to choose from. We take our hats off to all of our project owners, who are a collection of some of the finest changemakers out there. They are working hard everyday to make their mark on communities across the whole of the UK, with the help of the Crowd of course. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and can’t wait to welcome in the New Year with the same resolution that we always abide by (we don’t mind if you want to steal it as yours too)… Make Ideas Happen.
In January 2017, Real Junk Food Manchester achieved crowdfunding success to open Manchester’s first waste food, pay-as-you-feel cafe – raising an incredible £39,155 from 790 supporters to make their idea a reality.
Looking to stamp out food waste in Manchester and provide hot, nutritious meals for all, Real Junk Food Manchester offer something truly innovative. With the aim to support people, our planet, and bring about change for the better, they crowdfunded to bring something really different to the city – a restaurant with inclusion, community and sustainability at its heart. Transforming food that would otherwise go to waste into amazing dishes, the restaurant then serves them to anyone and everyone on a pay-as-you-feel basis.
In June 2017, FoodWorks 2 achieved crowdfunding success (for the second time!) to take their engaging, positive food-skills programme to the next level – raising an incredible £40,267 from 55 supporters.
Since its launch in 2015, FoodWorks has successfully changed the lives of hundreds of people all over Cornwall, allowing the most hard to reach and vulnerable people to access their life-changing programme. FoodWorks is an initiative started by the Cornwall Food Foundation, developed to help people gain the most basic of food skills to improve their overall health and wellbeing. They have already seen an increase in cooking confidence, improved self confidence and improved employability skills from those who have benefitted from the programme. They are now rolling out FoodWorks across every town of need in Cornwall, working with some of the most disadvantaged people and teaching vitally important food life skills.
In November 2017, Made In Hackney achieved crowdfunding success (for the second time!) to secure the future of their community kitchen and cookery school – raising an incredible £76,693 from 553 supporters.
Since launching in 2012, Made In Hackney has already helped over 6,000 people in London to gain the necessary food skills to lead healthier and happier lives. They have already had an amazing impact with their endeavour, but turned to the Crowd once again to ensure that they can keep delivering their plant-based cookery courses for many years to come. This eco-conscious initiative aims to inspire the London community to eat food that is genuinely good for both people and planet. However, they also have a much bigger vision to improve economic and employability prospects, which they achieve through their offering of various courses, volunteer programmes and training.
Each of these projects is an exemplary model for how crowdfunding facilitates a new and hands on approach to solving some of society’s biggest challenges (such as health, well being and employability), with the funds raised now contributing to positive change for each of the communities involved.
Si Walker, Head of Campaigns at Crowdfunder, said, “Food has always been used to bring people around a table, but these pioneering projects are using the Crowd to supercharge a community’s involvement in food to a whole new level. We’re delighted to work with organisations that are using food as a foundation to build a community, create a movement and drive a more environmentally conscious, socially educated world.”