An exciting new partnership that will have a real impact – Eastside Community Trust and Houria
Eastside Community Trust and Houria CIC are excited to share that, together, they are creating an inclusive, welcoming, women-led café and catering social enterprise at Easton Community Centre.
Houria will be in the café space from Monday 30 January, starting the journey of bringing the much loved café space back to full capacity over the next few months.
We’ll be working together to develop a menu, atmosphere and space that welcomes everyone using the centre. We’ll take our time to do this and over the next few months you’ll see the café slowly grow as Houria settle in. There will be opportunities to try different menu options and we’ll be trialling different opening times. We are hoping to be able to offer some free hot drink provision (funded through the Welcoming Space fund) as we have through the winter and have space for regular groups to continue to meet.
What we are aiming to do…
- Build a sustainable, ethical, successful café and food business that represents our shared values
- Serve the local community, centre users, and beyond
- Offer cookery classes for women from migrant backgrounds and opportunities to develop and experiment with catering business ideas
- Pop-up Supper Clubs and community meals
This partnership is founded on core shared values – we want a place that is warm, welcoming, accessible and inclusive. The food offering is highly ethical, representative, healthy and delicious.
This is a continuation of the improvements Eastside Community Trust have been making to the centre over the last two years. Both organisations are committed to creating a space where people can thrive.
Who are Houria?
Houria is an anti-slavery, anti-racist organisation working with women using food to breed freedom. They seek to provide free training, safe employment and a sense of belonging in a community of women in Bristol.
Since 2019 they have worked directly with 15 women from migrant backgrounds to transform their lives using food as a vehicle for change. They have trained as many local women to be volunteers through the 5 part “Allies Programme”. This bank of women work and volunteer at the various events that Houria hosts and delivers across the city.
They produce high-end catering, and affordable community meals whilst in a short and challenging time have built an impressive and successful brand.
They are a small but perfectly formed CIC ready to take their business and their social impact mission to the next level.
Find out more about this amazing organisation houria.co.uk