Ladywood Health & Community Centre Closure

Hi everyone,

Unfortunately for all our patrons, Ladywood Health and Community Centre is booked by another group next week, which means we won’t be able to run any of our normal activities from there.

This means that:

From Wednesday 24th May – Friday 26th May there will be no cafés, boutiques, or freegan boxes at Ladywood Health and Community Centre.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience, and hope you understand. Normal service will resume the following week.

Amber

Ladywood Closed

Sharehouse: The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham

For those of you who have been watching us grow over the months and years, we have something new and exciting to share with you: This week we opened the doors of our very own Sharehouse!

Sharehouse: The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham
Sharehouse: The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham

We’ve been very lucky over the past couple of years; a number of organisations have generously loaned us space free of charge, but we’ve just been getting bigger and bigger and none of those spaces on their own was big enough to accommodate us.

Tony busy with a paintbrush
Anthony busy with a paintbrush!

A lot of volunteer time was being spent ferrying items between the various locations, and it had reached the point where we needed our own premises in order to efficiently manage the huge volume of donated food and goods we intercept each week.

There’s still plenty of work to be done, but thanks to the amazing hard work of our volunteers, our freshly cleaned and painted Sharehouse is now ready for use!

So, what exactly is a Sharehouse?

We’ve run boutiques and market stalls for some time, but following in the footsteps of Leeds and Sheffield, we have now gone one step further and opened our very own Freegan Supermarket, stocked full of goods that we’ve diverted from landfill!

Sharehouse: The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham
Sharehouse: Day 1!

Open on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-4pm, the Sharehouse is for anyone to come and browse and help us to #feedbelliesnotbins!

As usual, all perishable items are offered on a Pay As You Feel basis – that means you donate your time, cash, or skills in return; how you choose to contribute is entirely up to you.

Please take a look here at the many different ways you can get involved and support us!

Now we have the space we’re also able to offer non-perishable items, marked up at very reasonable prices. We have new stock coming in daily and throughout the day, so watch this space!

All we ask is that you please:

  • Respect our volunteers and each other
  • Food is for personal use
  • Only take what you need and leave what you don’t
  • 1 basket max per day
  • Any questions, just ask

Find out more here- Sharehouse: The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham

Address: Unit 58, Western Business Park
Great Western Close
Birmingham
B18 4QF

Amber

 

Sad News

Maev Walsh
Maev at Centre of the Earth

If you are a regular visitor to Ladywood Health and Community Centre, it is very likely that you will have met one of our volunteers, Maev Walsh, seen here foraging at Centre of the Earth in Winson Green last autumn.

It is with great regret that we must report that Maev unfortunately passed away recently at home, following a seizure; an event which shocked and saddened us all.

As a mark of respect to Maev and her mum Gillian, and to enable the many volunteers who wish to attend the funeral on the 19th May to do so, we will be cancelling all services at Ladywood Health and Community Centre for the day.

On Friday 19th May there will be no cafés, boutique or freegan boxes.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience, and hope you understand. Normal service will resume the following week.

Amber

Birmingham Friends of the Earth Community Share Offer

Our friends Birmingham Friends of the Earth currently have a Community Share Offer to renovate their building, The Warehouse. TRJFPB and BFOE have worked together to create a more sustainable Birmingham. One of the very first TRJFPB’s meeting was in BFOE’s Warehouse. TRJFPB regularly run events for Digbeth First Friday in BFOE’s garden in the Warehouse.

BFOE have had the building for 40 years; it is our hub of which we campaign on environmental issues. As well as this The Warehouse also holds a vegetarian Restaurant, a bike shop and a vegan food shop.The Warehouse is an old Victorian building that needs further renovation. BFOE have worked hard in bringing the building up to a B on an EPC, but further work is needed. The building is also not disabled access friendly, we want to complete this much needed work to the Warehouse.

Once the work is completed, it would allow us to use the Warehouse more efficiently, allowing us to increase our revenues through things like increased office rent. This means that the building would sustainably fund itself, freeing BFOE to work more on campaigning to make Birmingham a more sustainable city.
To raise the capital to complete this work. BFOE have launched a Community Share Offer. Like Community Energy Birmingham, BFOE are a Co-operative, in the form of a society for community benefit.
We want to raise £240,000 of which £100,000 would be match invested from Co-ops UK. We are offering a rate of return, which is higher than most ISA’s. In year 2 we aim to pay 1% interest, year 3, 2%  interest and year 4, 3%interest. The rate of return would be reviewed in year 5.

Please check out our crowdfunder page and if you are impressed by our plans and can afford to, invest in the BFOE Community Share Offer.

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/unlocking-the-warehouse/

Shaz Rahman, Campaigns Co-Ordinator for Birmingham Friends of the Earth (and Co-Director of The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham)

*No Freegan Boxes 28th April*

Sorry

Hi everyone,

Due to preparations for the upcoming elections, some of Ladywood Health and Community Centre will be out of use for us for a few days – including the hall we use for Freegan Boxes.

We looked into alternative spaces, but there were just too many logistical issues to overcome in time, so we have had to take the decision to temporarily suspend some of our services:

There will be no Freegan Boxes (deliveries or collections from Ladywood/Kings Heath) on Friday 28th April.

The Café will be serving lunch only on:

  • Wed 26th April (Front Hall)
  • Thurs 27 April (Downstairs)
  • Fri 28 April (Front Hall)
  • Wed 3 May (Downstairs)
  • Thurs 4 May (Downstairs)

The Boutique will be run from wherever lunch is being served.

Thank you to all our volunteers for their patience and flexibility, and apologies again; we really don’t like disappointing anyone!

Amber

Easter Closures

Easter Eggs

How does the Easter Bunny lose the weight it put on over Christmas?

– Eggsercise!

Just to let you all know that the TRJFP Brum Volunteers will be taking a well-earned rest over the Bank Holiday period.

  • Ladywood Café will be closed on Friday 14th April (Good Friday), and
  • Kings Heath Café will be closed on Monday 17th April (Easter Monday)
  • Hodge Hill Café will only be serving lunch on Thursday 20th April

There will be no Freegan Box deliveries or collections on Good Friday (14th April)

Things will be back to normal from Wednesday 19th April. We hope you have a lovely break.

Cancelling your Freegan Box

Hello, us again!

Two blog posts in two days. Aren’t you lucky!

Just wanted to let everyone know of the new procedure for cancelling your Freegan Box.

If you need to cancel your Freegan Box for any reason, be that temporarily or permanently, please either:

email

cancelmyfreeganbox@gmail.com

or text

0782 157 23 20

Giving us as much notice as possible.

Using just one text/email and no other channels will help us to keep better track of cancellations, saving fuel costs, and saving time for our wonderful volunteer delivery drivers.

For all other Freegan Box queries, please continue to use the freegan.boxes@gmail.com address.

Thank you so much!