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The Calthorpe Project is a small charity comprising of an inner city community garden and cafe in Kings Cross London. We aim to improve the physical and emotional well-being of those who work, live or study in Camden and surrounding areas and to allow marginalized members of society the opportunity to work and gain valuable skills. We welcome people of all ages, from all cultural and diverse backgrounds to come together in a safe and inclusive environment and to get involved in various activities that are fun and promotes a healthy and positive well-being. 

Calthorpe Enterance

At Calthorpe Project we aim:

  • To further develop a volunteering program including horticultural training & work placements
  • To provide sustainable food growing space and programs of environmental education
  • To provide supervised activities for children aged 0-14 and their families - such as food growing and cooking 
  • To encourage the integration of diverse cultures, where otherwise would not be possible
  • To provide positive leisure activities through sport and community classes
  • To serve and engage with our local businesses & professional community with our sports and volunteering activities
  • To offer cooking classes and other children activities on the weekends

What are we raising the money for?

With the popularity of the cafe growing significantly over the last year, so we are currently raising money to maintain running our activities, as well as improve the standard of the café in order to provide it with vital equipment to keep it running.

This would enable us to serve our customers more efficiently and safely. We are currently using many general household equipment to run our commercial cafe, which isn't ideal or practical. Having the right equipment for our kitchen would mean we can continue training our volunteers with learning disabilities to gain confidence in the kitchen and develop their cooking skills.  We would additionally like to be able to employ some of our volunteers who have been dedicating their free time to help establish the café. 

People

 

A Living Lab - closed-loop food ecosystem 

We have also developed a close-loop sustainable ecosystem, whereby waste food products from our kitchen can be converted into renewable biogas and liquid fertilizer. The biogas may be used both for cooking and heating our indoor growing spaces in winter whilst the fertilizer enhances plant growth for our kitchen produce. We see a lot of opportunities with The Living Lab project which can be developed into an environmental educational facility, where we can invite students who want to learn more about agriculture and sustainable food growing. 

We also have families and children coming to learn and take part in various activities related to food growing and gardening. We are very proud to have achieved fully sustainable food growing system that requires a minimum amount of energy and is able to provide with enough fertilizers to continue growing delicious and fresh food for our cafe. 

Few days a week we also have food growing sessions with elderly ladies who take part in group gardening and social lunch after, to socialize and spend some time outdoors in a fun and healthy environment.  

Ladies

 

Our Sustainable Vegan Cafe at The Calthorpe:

Just over a year ago, we opened the Calthorpe Cafe, offering delicious home-cooked and vegetarian food, prepared with organic ingredients grown in our garden. The produce grown at the Calthorpe Project is tended and harvested largely by volunteers from the local community who we offer horticultural training and work placements. Our customers are able to enjoy the food outside in our beautiful outdoor space or, in less favorable weather conditions, in our indoor cafe space furnished with generous donations from Ikea.

We prepare food fresh every day with the help of our volunteers, who we are very keen to employ on a more permanent basis. We are particularly interested in volunteers who may have learning or other disabilities or otherwise be unable to find employment and need an inclusive and safe place to gain the skills needed. 

Soup

 

How will your donation make a difference?

With your donations, we will be able to sustain the Calthorpe Project and our various volunteering programs. Our volunteers have been working really hard to give us support in our cafe kitchen to serve our customers, and we would love to now be able to offer them more permanent roles. Unless we raise the money needed, we will not be able to do so otherwise.

Our kitchen facilities are in a desperate need of an upgrade as well as our kitchen utensils and items to help us serve our customers better. Without your donations, it is unlikely that we will have the resources to continue our work at this inner city haven and it would be a huge loss to the local community. We would love to continue making a positive impact on the lives of many individuals that come through our door and help us make this community garden the place that it is. 

Please donate to our project by selecting one of the available reward options. We appreciate donations of all sizes, doesn't matter how big or small, you can make a difference to the Calthorpe Cafe and our community project. By donating, you also receive lovely rewards as a thank you from us. We hope to see you soon!

calthorpe project

If you would like to visit us, we are located at:

258-274 Gray's Inn Rd
London, United Kingdom WC1X 8LH

http://www.calthorpeproject.org.uk/ 

https://www.facebook.com/calthorpeproject/  

https://www.instagram.com/calthorpe_cafe/?hl=en 

Creator Ana Carrasco Frutos
www.calthorpeproject.org.uk
Address
258-274 Gray’s Inn Road


United Kingdom
WC1X 8LH
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ALL DONORS
Backer Name Total Recent Mode of Payment
Susan Bankin  £ 100.00  £ 100.00 Stripe
Georgina Rees  £ 10.00  £ 10.00 Stripe
Gus Dodson  £ 594.85  £ 20.00 Stripe
oliver heaton  £ 15.00  £ 15.00 Stripe
Georgina Gayles  £ 228.82  £ 73.75 Stripe

2017-09-22

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2017-05-08

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raised of  £ 20,000.00
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Donate 5 GBP or more

Thank you for your donation and an invite to our community garden.

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Donate 25 GBP or more

Thank you for your donation and an invite to our community garden plus a plant of your choice from our volunteer grown herbs and veg.

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Donate 35 GBP or more

Thank you for your donation and an invite to our community garden / Beer garden event on a Fridays plus 2 FREE beers + a snack from our kitchen. / or Soup of the day for 2.

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Donate 50 GBP or more

Thank you for your donation and an invite to our community garden for a Soup of the day for 2 plus 1 hour of ping pong or fussball game.

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Donate 75 GBP or more

Thank you for your donation and an invite to our community garden and 50% off (off-peak) football pitch hire

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Donate 80 GBP or more

Thank you for your donation and an invite to our community garden for a Picnic set up for two (kids go free) plus a plant from our community garden.

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Donate 100 GBP or more

Thank you for your donation and an invite to our community garden for a special GARDEN TOUR plus coffee and 3 course meal for two and a plant.

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Donate 200 GBP or more

Thank you for your donation and an invite to our community garden for a Pizza Making session at our outdoor clay pizza making over for up to a group of 10. All products included.

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Donate 400 GBP or more

Thank you for your donation and an invite to our community garden for a Cooking workshop (Spanish, Middle-east, pizza making, Eritrean food) – up to 10 people capacity. Roll up your sleeves and cook!

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Donate 650 GBP or more

Thank you for your donation and an invite to our community garden for a Corporate gardening session for 1 day + up to 10 people. Food and drinks included with coffee served in the morning.

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Donate 950 GBP or more

Thank you for your donation and an invite to our community garden for a Corporate Day Out / Private Hire for up to 20 people. Food and drinks included.

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Donate 1250 GBP or more

Thank you for your donation and an invite to our community garden for a Corporate Day Out / Private Hire for up to 40 people. Food and drinks included (except alcohol). Plus 1 member of staff.

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Donate 2250 GBP or more

Thank you for your donation and an invite to our community garden for a Corporate Day Out / Private Hire for up to 100 people. Food and drinks included (except alcohol) plus 2 members of staff.
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