Evolve at The Adam and Eve

Help a social enterprise renovate a historic pub into a space to create apprenticeship opportunities for disadvantaged young people

We did it!

On 6th Dec 2016 we successfully raised £10,285 of £10,000 target with 94 supporters in 63 days

Evolve at The Adam and Eve will be a social enterprise run by young people who have experienced substance misuse or mental health problems, homelessness, have been out of work for three months or have a history of offending.

Each year the project will create 20 opportunities for young people to receive paid work whilst working towards an apprenticeship in hospitality.  We are partnered with local colleges to suppport the young People to work towards an apprenticeship( Level 2 Chef, Level 2 Customer Service, Level 2 Food and Beverage)whilst working at Evolve.

At Aquarius we see the need for vulnerable young people to receive holistic support to help them sustain and develop within the workplace. So, alongside their apprenticeship the young people will receive mentoring and a well rounded support package from Aquarius staff. 

Evolve will consist of a Cafe/ Event and Training space for community organisations and a Pop Up restaurant space suppporting organisations working with vulnerable groups to enjoy its use for events.

We are a charity that has been helping people to overcome the harms caused by alcohol, drugs and gambling since 1977. Since April last year we have been part of Recovery Focus, a new group of charities being built to inspire recovery Nationwide. Although recovery is an individual journey, it is made easier by the support of family, friends and people in the wider community.

Digbeth is in the midst of regeneration; an area of Birmingham brimming with creativity and social innovation. Hidden within Digbeth’s industrial backstreets, The Adam and Eve pub was once one of Birmingham’s after-party hotspots but since closing the doors in 2014 it has been left empty and in disrepair. We feel now is the time to get the doors open again and transform the building into an alcohol free venue that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from all walks of life.

We are launching a Crowdfunder because we need your help to bring this empty building back to life and give it the TLC it deserves. NOT ONLY do we plan to transform the space into a multi-functional hub comprising of a range of services and support groups for people in recovery from addiction, a working café/restaurant run by young people and two functional event spaces available to hire . . . we want Evolve to be the go to place, the hidden gem tucked away from the Birmingham bustle. It can be used as a working space for new start ups or as a place where you can meet with friends, grab a coffee and just get away from it all. 

It's easy! If you would like to support us all you need to do is pick an amount you would like to donate from the choices featured down the right hand side of the page and in return for your kindness you will receive the reward featured in your chosen pledge such as these amazing tote bags designed by Julie Mammano and Katie Tomlinson (you can check out Katie's work at - www.ktillustration.com): 

There are many ways that you can help support us, from volunteering your time, to sharing skills and knowledge. We want to work specifically with local Birmingham businesses that are also passionate about the future of Birmingham and its young people. If you would like to support us as part of your compaines CSR then please get in touch to see how we can help you in return. 

We have just had an amazing donation from Jaguar Land Rover who have kindly donated a half day Land Rover experience voucher worth £450!!! WOWZER! This voucher gives you and 2 guests the opportunity to develop your driving skills and gain a greater understanding of vehicle control, obstacle handling and how to assess different environments. Navigate steep inclines, descents, side slopes and streams.

You'll enjoy a welcome drink, followed by instructor introduction and an overview of the Land Rover Brand. Whilst behind the wheel navigate inclines, descents, water, low traction surfaces, rock crawls, bridge crossings and wheel articulation sections.

So we have a challenge, dig deep and donate in the next three days, if we get to £1500 by Sunday at 6:00pm to mark the end of Alcohol Awareness week then every single person who has donated so far will go into a prize draw to win this AMAZING experience! 

Who’s in? 

Please note the experience is valid until December 2017 and can only be used at the Leicester centre http://www.eastofengland.landroverexperience.co.uk/centre/index.html 

The money from our crowdfunding campaign will go towards the empty space, the café and most importantly the young people. As soon as we are up and running we will be able to reinvest our profits back into the enterprise and from that point onwards the project will run itself, which is why the first 12 months are the most crucial!

Like with all businesses there are risks and there will be challenges but we would not be taking on this venture if we did not think it could succeed. As a charity we know how to be efficient with money but we are not driven by profit – we really do care about you, our society and our community.

There are several aspects to this project that mean our risks are reduced. For the first year the venue will be completely rent free meaning we can focus our costs on the more important parts of the project like paying for apprenticeships and giving our empty building the love it deserves. 


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