Brewbird and The Pantry

Food – particularly affordable, nutritious food – can often act as a way of engaging people who need support.  We run two projects which help people get a taste of their future by improving their employability skills and access services helping with other issues holding them back.

BREWBIRD

Brewbird serves fresh new opportunities to people who need a helping hand towards employment. It is a south-London based café and catering company with a difference. The people employed in Brewbird use St Giles’s services. Typically, they have been held back by barriers such as long-term unemployment, homelessness or involvement in the criminal justice system. Brewbird gives them a stepping stone to gain confidence, skills and experience. Trainees gain experience in food handling and preparation, customer service, catering functions and all the aspects of working in and helping to  run a bustling café whilst continuing to receive support from us to help them progress towards further employment opportunities. If that didn't sound good enough, our artisan coffee and delicious meals are also something to crow about!

Visit us at Brewbird, Havil Street (off Peckham Road), London SE5 8UE.

Tel: 07770 014272

Email: david.adams@stgilestrust.org.uk

The Pantry

Launched in September 2019, the Pantry is a social supermarket which helps vulnerable residents of three housing associations access affordable, healthy food whilst offering additional support to residents such as help managing finances and understanding energy bills. The St Giles Pantry is a consortium of three housing associations – Southern Housing Group, The Guinness Partnership and Clarion Futures – with St Giles involved due to our experience in supporting vulnerable people. Based in Ixworth Place, South Kensington, residents can access The Pantry through being referred to it through one of the approved partner organisations. Residents are able to access high-quality, pre-shelf groceries in return for a £3.50-per-week subscription and use it as an opportunity to gain advice and guidance through a Pantry-based peer advisor.  Even in wealthy Kensington, social inequality means poverty is a huge issue. The Pantry also aims to break down social isolation and address any underlying issues behind people’s vulnerability.