At Calthorpe Project, we are a small charity and a local cafe, serving local community and our community garden visitors with help of wonderful volunteers working together to improve the lives and wellbeing of people, towards providing a community center for local residents in the Kings Cross Area, Local Borough of Camden, London.
Through our and vegan cafe & sustainable closed-loop ecosystem where our elderly volunteers and people with learning disabilities are working, men and women as well as our women refugees who work at our cafe at The Calthorpe Project.
We have developed a closed-loop sustainable ecosystem where we grow our own vegetables for consumption, for our visitors. Our cafe is a vegetarian cafe and we only use fresh produce to serve our customers and local community and provide various other sports and fun activities.
We hope to raise money for our small charity project in order to improve our on-site cafe that brings the community together and provides so much value to the visitors, local residents, and our community.
What are we raising the money for?
We are currently raising money to improve the standard of the cafe and provide it with much-needed equipment to enable us to serve our customers. We hope to purchase new kitchen equipment, utensils, blender, commercial fridge, and other items to help us do our work well in the kitchen. With this equipment we can enable our volunteer to learn kitchen and cooking skills.
Within the cafe, we hope to employ some volunteers that have been dedicating their free time to help u run the community garden and the cafe. We are an inclusive community place where we take on volunteers with learning disabilities, elderly, refugees and individuals and families of various backgrounds and ages.
Here we all share community spirit to work together in a safe and inclusive environment that improves the lives of others. Without our community garden, there would be no other place to go for our local residents, refugees, elderly and people with disabilities, that would normally get rejected from usual jobs or other communities. Here we give them an opportunity to practice various skills within safe and positive environment.
Also at our cafe, you can enjoy the best organic fresh daily soup and salad as well as home made cakes and Spanish omelet.
At Calthorpe Project Cafe we aim to serve our customers and provide a local community feel and at our garden cafe, which will also enable local people and our volunteers to improve their quality of life.
At Calthorpe Project we –
To 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
To encourage the integration of diverse cultures
To provide positive leisure activities through sport and community classes
People from all cultural and diverse backgrounds participate and enrich our activities. Our volunteer and training program helps people learn new skills, provides an opportunity for social interaction and outdoor exercise as well as offering horticultural training for adults with learning difficulties. Environmental and food growing sessions encourage and develop awareness of organic methods and composting. Bangladeshi women and older people, as well as families, participate growing their own food.
A Living Lab - closed-loop food ecosystem
The Living Lab project demonstrates an innovative, closed-loop food-waste-energy system to provide new opportunities for local participation, education, and training. We have on site fertilizers, solar energy, food digester and a composting machine that collects any food waste and turns it back into gas and fertilizers to enable us to grow food again.
We grow a wide range of foods; harvest produces to create nutritious meals in our community café; digest food waste to create renewable biogas and liquid fertilizer; use the fertilizer to enhance plant growth, and use biogas for cooking and heating indoor growing space in winter. We aim to develop the project into an environmental educational facility and a sustainable social enterprise.
With volunteers, we will create additional raised beds and low-cost vertical hydroponic systems. We are grateful to The Postcode Lottery and Greggs Foundation for funding to develop a bespoke anaerobic digestion system, irrigation system, and gas applications.
We aim to give communities a space they can call their own, whether that is to come and relax in or grow some of their own vegetables to take home or share with other volunteers and friends. A strong community is the heart of any town or city and our open garden serves to provide a place for people to enjoy with their neighbors, who they may not have met otherwise.
Gardening for Older People
We provide gardening and healthy eating sessions every Friday for retired people, anyone is welcome. Gardening provides not only exercise but enjoyment and fresh food. The sessions started as referrals from the GP to exercise and get involved in a social activity. The sessions start with one and a half hours gardening, then we share a lunch that always includes some of the harvested vegetables and special dishes prepared at home.
The group not only benefits from the physical exercise but they are also improving their diet. We talk about the principles of healthy eating and the benefits, we also share cooking tips and recipes. The majority of the people on the group live on their own and they find it difficult to find the motivation to cook. They all agree that since attending the sessions they try at home some of the recipes or prepare those old recipes that they didn’t cook for ages to bring along to our weekly feast.
How will your donation make a difference?
With the help of your donations, we will be able to upgrade our cafe with new equipment such as food processor, blender, any other utensils which will enable us to serve our customers with great food at the cafe.
We aim to employ some of our volunteers that have been working with us and helping us serve our customers. Our volunteers come from various backgrounds, and work, skills and being part of an inclusive community is making a big difference in their lives.
Anyone can enjoy the food we make, but also take part in fun activities and volunteering programs.
You can come and visit us at
|Backer Name||Total||Recent||Mode of Payment|
|Raimonda Jankunaite||£ 5.00||£ 10.00||Stripe|
|Helen Hourquet||£ 15.00||£ 15.00||Stripe|
|Samantha Patrick||£ 10.00||£ 10.00||Stripe|
|Ana Carrasco Frutos||£ 5.00||£ 5.00||Stripe|
|hemant t||£ 10.00||£ 5.00||Stripe|