Last year, the Brewers Foundation donated
60L of paint to Props, a charity in Bristol who support adults with learning
disabilities through skills development, professional training and employment
opportunities. They used the paint to create a mural for the first disability
led brewery in the UK and this year have built their first high street café and
Enterprise Hub in Fishponds!
Crafted by Props is their latest
social enterprise to join the Props family – Tapestry by Props brewery, Vassall
Cafe by Props, Cycle Hub by Props and Workshop by Props.
Props’ mission is to create an
inclusive society by empowering adults who have learning disabilities to
achieve purposeful and rewarding work opportunities. Their work is deeply
integrated within the wider community to challenge perceptions of what people
who have learning disabilities should expect from society. Props foster
independence and support people to grow in all aspects of their lives.
We were really excited to be able to
help this fantastic organisation once again, with the donation of 167.5L of a
wide variety of colours and finishes to completely transform the café. Over the
last year they have transformed a run-down retail unit on Fishponds Road,
creating a welcoming and inclusive venue that serves and celebrates the diverse
needs and perspectives of everyone in the community, especially those too often
excluded from accessing public spaces.
A key area of the café that needed
decoration is the ‘trainee quiet space’, giving trainees who want to work for
the café space for time away from the public if they need it. The café will
train and employ up to 60 adults with learning disabilities, the first of its
kind in the wider region.
During the day, Trainees from Props
Either work in the cafe – serving up
hearty, homecooked treats, in the enterprise kitchen – developing recipes, or
in the custom-built workshop – developing skills in sewing, print and graphic
design to create handmade products.
Props now have somewhere to showcase
the vibrant talent of their Trainees – through handmade artisan products,
artwork, food and drink. It’s a place where creativity meets inclusivity, and Props
are excited to share it with the community!
The new café looks absolutely incredible,
and we were thrilled to be able to support such an exciting new opportunity for
so many people!