source site How does this sound: a boozy brunch in a secluded Soho garden set to an exclusive soundtrack from superstar DJs and musicians… And did we mention that it’s all for a great cause?
We’re delighted to announce that London’s first – and only – mission-driven members’ club, The House of St Barnabas, has just launched Saturday Sessions. Throughout the summer, the club is opening its perfectly crafted doors to the public in support of its big idea: to break the cycle of homelessness by helping people back into lasting paid work.
When it comes to this Soho establishment, you need to forget everything you thought you knew about private members’ clubs… well, almost. OK, so the place does still ooze history and elegance like the best of them: a beautiful grade I listed building straight out of a Dickens novel (A Tale Of Two Cities anyone?), top notch food, masterful mixologists and inspiring events featuring world-class artists.
But that’s where the similarities end. Far from a being a playground for stuffy elitist types, The House of St Barnabas (or HoSB for those in the know) is a registered charity and social enterprise where everything it does is guided by an inclusive social mission.
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Woven into the running of the club is the Employment Academy for people affected by homelessness. Following a 12-week prep programme, participants get direct experience of working in the HoSB, as well as 12 months of on-going support, mentoring and accredited training in Hospitality or Business Administration. The Academy helps at least 100 people each year and most go onto get paid work within a month.
And then there’s the “pay-it-forward” ethos. HoSB believes that arts and culture should be accessible to everyone, so it’s working towards a model where for every event ticket sold, one is offered to someone who wouldn’t have been able to afford it otherwise.
So, there are plenty of excuses to get yourself down to a Saturday Session… and not just for the two-for-one cocktails or an intimate audience with the likes of Nina Miranda or Gilles Peterson.