The current cost-of-living crisis has placed enormous strain on a lot of us and with prices soaring the knock-on effects has been devasting, particularly on people facing homelessness. There has been a 23% increase in people sleeping rough compared to 2021. That’s why we have decided to do our bit to help by teaming up with national homelessness charity, Crisis, and upcycling company, Recoup. We have transformed an unused, syndicate break-out space into a creative and crafted coffee lounge for delegates with 15% of all our Volcano coffee purchases made going straight to Crisis.
The Crisis Charity Coffee Lounge (120sqm) has been brought to life by a team of Crisis volunteers and members led by Recoup Founders, Tom Marsh and Ben Lunt. It has been transformed to reflect the horticultural surroundings and history of the hotel, with reclaimed furniture carefully restored to its former glory – and in some cases repurposed – to create unique pieces such as wall panels made from antique French headboards, cast-iron garden gates and dried flowers pressed into picture frames. The revived space is located beneath our Cook Suite and between six syndicate meeting rooms, with its own private entrance to the main hotel, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a coffee whilst admiring the wonderful works of Recoup during meeting breaks.
As an independent hotel, we are known for our multiple meeting and event spaces and see around 4000 delegates passing through on average per month. By working closely with Crisis and their coffee partner Volcano Coffee Works, we will be continuing to support the charity by purchasing coffee beans to fuel delegates in the lounge with 15% of all our Volcano coffee purchases made going straight to Crisis. We also encourage delegates to support the cause by scanning the QR donation codes on the tables in the lounge. Every donation made helps to end homelessness at a time where it is needed the most.
We will be supporting further by donating 5% of revenue from all contracted conference and corporate event bookings taking place in January, February and March 2023.
We are so proud to be partnering with a charity which works side by side with people experiencing homelessness to help them rebuild their lives. From decades of experience, they know what’s needed to help people leave homelessness behind for good. Through education, training and support with housing, employment and health, offering one-to-one courses and advice for people experiencing homelessness across Great Britain, Crisis aims to end homelessness for good.