The Project - Social Inclusion
“Social inclusion is about offering opportunities to people to engage in society, where they have previously been excluded as a result of being a member of socially, and/or economically, deprived community.” – Charity Commission.
Going for a drink with friends is the most popular way British people socialise, celebrate, and build relationships. As a brewery, we know pubs, and we know how many of them are lacking in appropriate facilities to support vulnerable people. We know how many events happen that are unaffordable for individuals.
The aim of our project is to build an accessible space that actively promotes social inclusion. The Community Taproom will be open for anyone to access during opening hours to meet and socialise. There will be a private, bookable space for local NGOs and Community groups to hold education and awareness sessions, training, and fundraisers. On top of that, we will run one event per month that will focus on:
To achieve this we will:
The funding we are looking for from Crowdfunder will help us deliver each of these elements.
Back in 2014 Charlie, Simon and Myself (Sam) opened the doors to The Gipsy Hill Brewing Company. Our initial vision was to create medium strength, full flavoured beers. Beers that you could enjoy throughout the week, with friends. Our message was ‘Drink it and talk to people’.
Now three years in, the brewery, the team and the product range have grown, developed…matured even. We make strong beers now alongside our core range of mid strength craft ales. The guiding principle of ‘Drink it and talk to people’, or to be enjoyed with others, remains core to our philosophy.
From the start, when we used to roll our casks up and down the hills and pavements of South London, we’ve had incredible support from our local community. We couldn’t have achieved this without them. Now we’ve decided it’s time to do something for them.
We’ve just been given the keys to a new unit, literally across the yard from where we make our beer. The aim to is create a space that is accessible to all.
Certitude are a charity that work with people who have learning disabilities, autism and mental health. We were approached by their outreach services, that focus on social exclusion. Last year, we worked with one of their groups to produce a small batch beer to launch at our yard party and raise money. We planned the brew day in a way that was more tactile and accessible. Swapping out paper and pen, for tasting ingredients and building recipes through what flavours we liked the most. Sam Mason, Community Fundraiser, Certitude wrote “A wonderful, inclusive occasion, capturing perfectly what we’re all about: coming together to enjoy time with each other. Not a disability event, just an event, one that’s better because we are there.”.
We want this space to be an immersive nirvana for beer enthusiasts and craft newcomers alike.
Thanks for your support,
The Gipsy Hill Team
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