We’ve found a shop, help us open 6 days a week

https://www.gofundme.com/randomcafe

Hit this link to help

https://www.gofundme.com/randomcafe

We need your help!
We have been offered a shop for 9 months, which would mean we could run Random
Café on a full time basis.
6 days a week!!

The premises does need some work. So with a little help and some hard work we would
be able to save more food from being thrown into landfill and we would be able to bring
affordable food to so many more people. Too many people in the UK are unable to feed
themselves a nutritious meal – as a – pay as you feel – cafe we are making food accessible
to everyone. The more hours we are open the more food we can rescue. A full time
premises will also mean we could have a full time mini market.

Food is the most incredible resource we must treasure, and we want to empower
everyone to use it in the best way possible!

We cannot fulfill this dream without help. We need money, skills and people (and quite a
bit of elbow grease!) Without this help we cannot make use of this great resource.

If you are, or know someone who is, an electrician, plumber, carpenter or fitter, we need
you!

If you have a company that could donate materials or cupboards, tables etc. we need
you!

Do you know of a restaurant or café that is being refurbished and throwing away
furnishings? We need to hear from you!

HIT THIS LINK TO HELP

We are committed to:

● Educational work with schools and local groups 
● Increasing the volume of food we intercept
● Supporting our community partners
● Creating opportunities for businesses, local people and organisations
● Increasing our outside catering events

Since we started, we have: 

● Rescued and redistributed 29 tonnes of food to our local communities
● Fed over 1400 people in our weekly cafes
● Catered a wedding for 125 guests, an offical opening, an 80 th birthday, a working
lunch, a volunteers’ afternoon tea, a canal boat trip and an afternoon tea in
Watford museum.
● Established a core team of nine and over 20 regular volunteers.

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What your support can do:

We need your help to raise £10000 to secure and refurbish the building and provide a
premises to teach, feed and grow. Our work over the last two years shows we have
gone from strength to strength and we now want to take the next step.

£10000 would allow us to clean and clear the site, bringing it up to environmental health
standards. We could then fit a full time kitchen to supply a full time cafe. It would enable
us to employ part time staff and run our van full time. We can then campaign for a more
sustainable Watford and a brighter future.

Why is it needed?

Food waste is a global issue that needs direct and urgent action. One third of all food is
wasted globally. In the UK, 2015 WRAP figures show the average family threw away
approx. £470 of edible food every year. Random Café intercepts, stores and
redistributes a small amount of this food. With a full time cafe we can connect with other
towns and cities and intercept so much more.

All food we intercept cannot be resold for logistical, stock management or other reasons
but is still fit for consumption and is handled safely and professionally by our team.

With this project we could rescue food and redistribute to schools (which have limited
catering budgets), community centres, cafes, individuals, and event catering.

Your support is absolutely vital to get this project off the ground. So whether it’s time,
money or skills, we really do need you.

Please support us with a pledge, and be a part of the next phase of our plans to
REALLY feed the world!

Hit this link to help

https://www.gofundme.com/randomcafe

WE WON!!

Thank you to everyone who nominated us for The Pride in Watford Award. We are so proud of our little café.
Also a huge thank you to all our volunteers, supporters and customers. We couldn’t do this without you. As if this wasn’t exciting enough we have more exciting news coming very soon.
Neal, Steve, Jane and Nici. All dressed up to represent Random Café at The Audentior Awards night.

The Audentior Awards 2019

We are rather excited at Random Café. We have been nominated for an Audentior Award!!

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“The 2019 Audentior Awards recognise and celebrate the commitment, hard work and achievements of local people and organisations who are actively making Watford a better place to live and work in.”

There are 8 categories: Carer of the year, Charity worker of the year, Public service award, Pride in Watford, Young achiever of the year, Contribution to sport and healthy living, Chairman’s culture award and the Mayor’s award.

Random Café have been nominated for the Pride in Watford category. We won’t find out until October if we’ve won so watch this space! We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who nominated us and who have supported Random Café since it’s launch two years ago.

If you would like to know more about the awards and the other finalist click here  Audentior Awards

 

Boats, Buffets and The Grand Union Canal

Saturday 31st August was the first Random Boat Trip. 33 Guests boarded Sheldrake III and we set off on a relaxing journey along the Grand Union Canal. We cast off at 3 pm heading towards Watford. The Crew are all Volunteers from the Waterways Experiences at Nash Mills, Hemel Hempstead. Waterways Experiences are are a registered charity and operate three large canal boats from a beautifully landscaped boatyard on the Grand Union Canal. As well as day trips all year round, they provide very special holidays for teenagers with learning difficulties or other disadvantages.

We were given a short talk on what to expect on our trip and given the health and safety rules of the boat. The Crew were wonderful and made everyone feel very relaxed and welcome. Some of our party gave the Crew a hand operating the locks and even had a go at steering the narrow boat along the canal.

We do like to make sure no one goes hungry at Random Café and there were lots of snacks for all tastes to enjoy. One of our guests celebrated their birthday and were treated to a chorus of Happy Birthday with chocolate cake for all. We had rescued lots of tubs of clotted cream so scones and jam were enjoyed too. Very yummy!!

Everyone had such a lovely time we have already booked our next trip this time with a chip supper.

Dates for our next trip will be released soon. If you would like early bird access have a look at our membership page for detail of how to get news of events first and discounts for tickets.

Random Café is 2 – A review of our last 12 months

Random Café has come a long way since its inception two years ago on 1st August 2017.

This year our team of volunteers have given over 1400 hours of their time to sort, weigh, cook, bake and prepare everything needed to bring the cafe to over 1900 customers. Thank you to everyone for your help and support this year and for making Random Café the successful, welcoming community café that it is.

This time last year the whole team were very busy planning the catering for a wedding. This was the first big catering event for Random Café. Sinéad and Alex, the happy couple, had asked for a hot Indian themed buffet with dessert table to follow. Being a waste food café and part of The Real Junk Food Project we manged to intercept most of the ingredients, bought the extra bits and the cooking commenced. There were some challenges on the day, the Random team are amazingly resourceful and did an amazing job. Everything looked fantastic and the Bride, Groom and guests loved it.

In the last twelve months Random Café has held several other events including Garston Park Fun Day, Holywell Festival, an opening for the ReUse Centre for Hertfordshire County Council and our very own Afternoon Tea event at Watford Museum. This was our first ticketed event and it sold out very quickly. The museum is a great venue and I’m sure we will hold more events there in the future.

We have, sadly had to say goodbye to our original two venues West Watford Community Centre and Centrepoint Community Centre this year and recently made the move to one venue for our cafés – Meriden Community Centre. It’s been lovely forming relationships within the community and this year they have grown further. The Meriden Residents Committee asked us to join them for an Easter Event for the children in the local area. A fun event with an Easter Bonnet competition, Easter Eggs and Easter themed treats from us.

Back in March we launched our Supporting Membership. This has been a great success with 21 members and some great prizes. If you would like to join in, have a look at our membership page for details.

Here are just some of the prizes we have given away to the lucky winners.

Our main aim is still a sustainable one – saving food waste, and this year we have saved even more. A huge 28,463 Kilograms of food has been saved from going to landfill in two years. That’s the same weight as 5 elephants.

This Saturday we celebrated our second birthday. We had a free raffle where everyone won a prize, games and of course birthday cake. We are lucky to have some fantastic bakers within our team. Jenny made this fabulous birthday cake, with rainbow layers hidden inside, and Nici made, her now famous chocolate balls. (It’s not a true celebration without cake and chocolate balls.) It was a lovely afternoon and a the café had a wonderful atmosphere.

We were joined by the Deputy Mayor, Karen Collett, who kindly helped us draw our raffle and made a very flattering speech praising Random Café and all its volunteers.

So what does the next year hold for Random Café? We are going to keep looking for our full time home, build our relationship with the local community, save more food from landfill and start more sustainability projects.

We’re Back!!

After our hiccup of not having enough volunteers last week we are back at The Meriden this Saturday. We will be there from 1pm till 3pm with our café and mini market.

Could you become a food waste hero and volunteer for Random Café? Come along and find out more at our next café.