our mission

We support a range of community events and projects which bring people together through cooking and eating. We recognise this as really important to our well-being as individuals and as neighbourhoods and draw on our own lived experiences.

Our goal is to reduce social isolation through our long-term commitment to forming relationships with the people where we live and work.

HOW DO WE DO IT?

All of our community activities and projects are run as not for profit and funded by a combination of profits from our commercial events, grants and donations.

We have a range of mobile wood fired pizza ovens; ranging from enclosed converted horse boxes to open-air trailers. This means we are able to come to you rather than you travel to us. This is central to our success as well as being aligned to our core mission of being available where people need us.

We are looking for volunteers to help us to reach more people. If you’d like to know more, contact us at: damien@communityoven.co.uk

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Some Examples of our work

Below are some of the community events and projects we have carried out since forming in the summer of 2018:

The Bevendean Community Pub - 'The Bevy'

Opened in December 2014 The Bevy is the first community-owned estate pub in the UK. It is funded by over 700 shareholders. We have created a fantastic relationship with this special community. It is here where we have our prep kitchen. We have run family sessions as part of their summer programme as well as putting on pizza workshops for their over 50s club. We also provide food before some of the Brighton and Hove Albion matches as well as at events throughout the year such as Halloween. If they need dough for any activity we make it for them.

The Real Junk Food Project

We will be cooking pizzas regularly outside the Real Junk Food Project’s hub in Bevendean using supermarket surplus food; in doing so we hope to create a welcoming space for the community to meet. By building up trust with the community we then would like to invite local residents to participate in cooking classes with The Real Junk Food Project at The Bevy Kitchen using the produce at the hub. Participants will be able to learn how to make nutritious and delicious food at a low cost as well as cook it in our oven. Watch this space!

The Purple People Kitchen Food Bank

We cook the lunch once a month for Portslade Food Bank on behalf of their Purple People Kitchen using over ordered supermarket food. We have created warm and generous relationships with this community who really enjoy our visits as well as the tasty Pizzas. We are establishing lasting relationships. For example one of the helpers is now volunteering with us.

The Welcome Cafe

This is a free cafe for the homeless run by Holland Road Baptist Church where we provide pizzas for lunch once a month as well creating long term relationships with the people who attend.

Macmillan World Coffee Morning

As part of the world wide fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support we cooked a tasty Middle Eastern Buffet for the ‘Coffee Cake Create’ event in Brighton with all money going to Macmillan.

The World Premier screening of ‘Believe That’

We provided free pizzas for the premier of a film made by Brighton Table Tennis Club that was screened at The Duke of Yorks. We used Fare Share produce and handed out wood fire pizza for no charge making a significant contribution to the success of the event.

Volunteers and Trainees

As part of our mission we would like to invite people to be trained by us with a view to finding employment. We intend to run courses in the near future. Please contact us for more information.

Future events and projects

We will be running events for The Rita Project, a charity devoted to challenging domestic abuse and harmful societal stereotypes. We have been invited to run a stall at Florence Road Market as part of their mission to create welcoming social community spaces. We are working with the events team at Sussex University to develop a range of workshops to promote students well being. We are also intending to run workshops for a recovery unit for people experiencing psychosis.

 

We invite you to be a part of our vision & to make a difference