‘…For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others..’ Nelson Mandela
We take the words of this freedom fighter as a guiding principle of the work we do. We also believe that the African philosophy of Ubuntu is a useful way of reminding us of our humanity, that we are all interconnected, no man or woman is an island, and that the more we share, collaborate and strive for people to be respected and treated equally according to their needs, the better the world will be for all of us.
The directors of the Community Interest Company, Rico Jakk and Rosa Stourac McCreery, have been working for 15 and 10 years respectively on this project; involving people from the surrounding communities, particularly young people, in transforming disused spaces, and recycling and reclaiming wasted materials to create resources and services which would not otherwise be available.
We aim to be part of the solution to many of the problems we see around us in society, from obesity and ill-health, to prejudice and exclusion, to unemployment and disillusionment in young people, to resources going to waste. While we are serious about the role we can play to tackle these issues, we think that making change should also be fun! That’s why we have focused on providing facilities and services which encourage and support young people’s interests, and activities which are non-mainstream or under-provided for. These activities help people to feel free, to be who they want to be, to use their minds and bodies in creative ways, and develop themselves, as well as having the opportunity to have a positive impact on others around them, or even across the globe!