"We aspire to create a safe space for the most vulnerable and isolated young people, where community meets, shares and talks through difficulties over a cup of great coffee"
We have worked with the most isolated and vulnerable young people in our society for so long that we felt that we needed to go an extra mile. We are a social worker, a youth worker, a restaurateur and all of you.
We aim to train and employ young people [15-25] for them to be able to run a successful cafe and restaurant in Reading which will also be a hub and point of reference for the local community, artists, groups and businesses to come together.
In GRIND SOCIAL we believe that offering employment and alternatives, social and emotional support will get young people on the verge of (re)offending, drug misuse, homelessness, social exclusion to believe in themselves, get empowered and reconnect with society.
Welcome to GRIND SOCIAL where we aspire to inspire
One Sip at a Time
The cafe will be sourced as ethically as possible through local businesses with a keen interest on protecting the environment, promoting arts, culture and the local community and will be providing a range of high quality artisanal beverages, breakfasts, lunches and desserts.
GRIND SOCIAL is aiming to reinvest any profits back to the community and to especially fund effective programmes for disadvantaged and isolated youth. All the funds raised will go towards equipping the cafe/restaurant for the young people and the local community to come together and to fund the social support and training activities run within.
WE are GRIND SOCIAL and WE are here!
WHERE OUR WORK (and heart) IS
The Reading area is a very fast paced developing and growing economy but at the same time there is severe poverty and cultural marginalisation among families with 1 in 4 children living in poverty. We also know that in the recent years, young people have been joining and forming gangs in Reading while sexual and criminal exploitation as well as knife crime are also on the rise among the youth.
We have worked within the broader Berkshire area for a number of years now, closely with families, young people, the local police and schools and have identified that the lack of appealing community hubs, consistent support services and cuts in youth provisions over the last few years have resulted in the rise of youth offending.
Creating a vibrant hub for young people where community meets and shares ideas and interests as well as offering them training and employment opportunities is certain to keep them safe, focused and connected to their local community.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
∙Who we are∙
We are GRIND Social, a registered Community Interest Company, comprised of people with a passion to engage with and be inspired by young people whose adverse life experiences have led them to lose trust in others and the community. We are a social worker, a youth worker, a restaurateur and all of you.
∙Our mission statement∙
We are devoted to rebuild the ties between young people and the local community. We work with young people whose adverse life experiences have led them to lose their trust in relationships, education and the community.
Our work with young people is based on empathy and we work with their networks and agencies as well as the local community in order to repair trauma and restore trust and justice.
We aspire to create a safe space for the most vulnerable and isolated young people where community meets, shares and talks through difficulties over a cup of great coffee.
∙What we aim for∙
We want to set up a modern eco-friendly café & restaurant where vulnerable young people [15-25] will be able to access “on the job” training, support and employment to run the business.
The premises will also be used in the evenings as a basis to run psychosocial support workshops for young people including programmes to reduce (re)offending and drugs and alcohol misuse and to promote inclusion, connectedness, positive social skills and life outcomes. A mentoring scheme will also be provided to young people with personalised support. Emergency services such as the police and local authorities will also be provided with a drop-in service to where young people can be redirected to access immediate support and defuse family and other crises.
Very frequently, other charities, schools, groups, artists and businesses will also be invited to host and run events and activities from the premises in an attempt to network and promote their own work that can also benefit the young beneficiaries and community, creating a vibrant and sociable hub for all.
The café will also thrive on providing customers and partners with opportunities to connect with one another as well as young people through volunteering and participation programmes and everyone will be encouraged to put forward ideas and suggestions and be involved as much as they want.
As a not-for-profit business, all profits will be reinvested back to supporting vulnerable young people and the local community.