OUR NEW STRETCH TARGET IS £15.000
A BIG THANK YOU to all our supporters so far who helped us reach our initial target of £12.500! Our new stretch target is an extra £2,500 which will pay for new flooring in our main function room and a basic outdoor classroom.
Company Drinks is a new type of community drinks enterprise that links east London’s history of 'going hop-picking' with a full drinks production cycle: from picking to bottling, branding to trading and reinvesting.
Join us in keeping the tradition of 'going picking' alive in east London.
We are working with local residents of all ages and backgrounds to make healthy, locally produced drinks that benefit the wider community of Barking and Dagenham. We forage, glean and harvest fruit, flowers and herbs which we turn into sodas and cordials of delicious and unusual flavours, such as Japanese Knotweed and Strawberry Ade, Green Hop Tonic and Rosemary Cordial.
We are a not-for-profit organisation and any surplus funds feed back into our public programme. So far, more than 36,000 people across London have engaged with us, and over 2,400 Barking and Dagenham residents have taken part in our activities, producing more than 20,000 drinks in 2016.
After three years of being nomadic, setting up a borough-wide production and support network, we now have the chance to move to a permanent base in Barking Park. The building and it's location are perfect for us.
All we have to do now is raise the money to renovate it and set up a proper production and training kitchen.
Council-owned Barking Pavilion has been offered to us on a long-term lease, but has been empty for three years and needs a serious makeover to make it into the community space we know it can be.
Your support will allow us to move in and move on, and we've got a wonderful range of Company Drinks rewards in return:
From our Top Ten Picking Tips by e-mail or postcard ...
To an exclusive Company Drinks 'C' badge, which entitles you to a free drink at any of our upcoming events ...
To our brand new Barking & Dagenham 'BAD Cola' T-shirt ...
As well as a limited edition hamper ...
Or an exclusive Museum Collection set, as recently acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum ...
We are offering a practical video tutorial on how to make your own cordials, with mixologist Lottie Muir sharing some of her amazing mocktail and cocktail recipes. Or if you need some ideas for a social or cultural enterprise, book an online session with us and some of our long-term specialist advisors.
Also, two lucky people can have a drink named after them, or you can sponsor a piece of our kitchen equipment, or a whole part of the space!
If it's an experience you're after, you can come hopping with us in glorious Kent, or up to six of you can head to award-winning Square Root, where you'll spend a day learning how to make your own drink.
Your money will allow us to
- Set up a training and production kitchen in one of the former changing rooms
- Renovate the existing club room which can host up to 80 people and is ideal for our many different social and cultural events
- Refurbish the existing tea kitchen as a small catering kitchen for in-house events
- Plant and maintain an ingredients garden in our beautiful outdoor space
- Run more Molecular Fizz Labs, Hopping Afternoons, picking trips and drinks making workshops for local organisations and residents
We could not do any of this without your contributions. Thank you so much for supporting us!
Risks and challenges
We've been running local hopping sessions, picking trips and drinks making workshops for three years now. Company Drinks is a very popular and much loved local project, and everyone involved wants it to stay, and to grow.
The new building is crucial, as it will allow us to bring our different activities together under one roof, to produce more drinks and to have a central meeting place.
We've worked really hard to get to this point: setting up a strong local support network, finding the building, raising as much of the money we can ourselves and generally working all the hours to get this ready.
The big risk is that we don't make our target and can't take over the pavilion as a community facility this September - which would be a huge disappointment to everyone involved with Company Drinks. Too many already existing ideas for the new place would have to be put on hold, and too many collective ambitions for our new base might not make it over the winter season.
Barking & Dagenham isn't a wealthy area, so we need much wider support to make this happen. There's no way we can make this a reality without your donations via Kickstarter.
With everyone's continued enthusiastic support we will make sure that Company Drinks becomes a permanent community space and a new type of company to be proud of.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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