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Is It Making Any Money?

There are some people in my life who when talking to me about the scheme will ask the question, ‘is it making any money?’. This question has the ability to both annoy and intrigue me because when I answer that it is not a money making thing they look uncomfortable and change the subject. The reason I find it an irritating question is that it is generally the only question they ask about the scheme; so out of everything they could be interested to know, they choose to focus on the finances.
I find it intriguing because some people genuinely find it a difficult concept to grasp that a person is willing to commit time and often their own money to try and do something to no financial gain.
I have found that giving this scheme a go has been a therapeutic process and has probably benefitted me more than anybody else. I say this because it has given me a creative outlet, a focus; it has given me people to talk to, made me look critically at politics and policies and it has given me a voice.
Starting this scheme cost a grand total of £146.25 which paid for this website for one year and the poster design. I did the website myself and found the ‘how to’ guide fairly simple but when it came to designing the poster I had to pay someone who knew what they were doing!
I charge £10 per pack because that’s what it costs me for the contents and postage. The £10 makes it sustainable and means I’m not spending my own money and can still afford to eat.
The scheme might not exist to make a monetary profit but it is sustainable and that’s huge! It might take up a few hours of my week but if I wasn’t doing this I would be watching (more) tv and I really don’t miss Coronation Street that much.
Next time the question of money comes up (in a non constructive criticism kinda way) I think I will answer with ‘yes’ it profits me in more ways than one.

Comments (7)

  1. Suzanne Carpenter

    Hi Alex
    A lovely sentiment and you are so right – there is something far more valuable to society than pure money. Keep up the great work and I look forward to speaking with you about becoming a designated venue in Hampshire.

    All the best
    Suzanne Carpenter

  2. Alex – totally echo the sentiment and the reaction – exactly what I have been experiencing for the last 7 years, first with Community Christmas and more recently with Coffee Companions. As ever it would be good to have a chat and see how we can help each other do the best for others and make the best of our efforts by working together.

    1. Trudie Canavan

      Yes, so many people find it hard to believe that others are willing to do something for others for no financial gain. My friend and I have just visited a church based café that has recently been set up by some wonderful volunteers. They are so warm and welcoming, and set it up to address loneliness and social isolation. They distributed 2000 leaflets locally and over 100 people turned up to their first café – that demonstrates the scale of disconnectedness we are experiencing. Caroline Billington, can you share details of your schemes as I’d be interested to find out more. Thank you

    1. As you know Alex that since joining the scheme in January this year it has enabled Zephs to open many community doors and lead us down roads which continue to amaze us. We have made so many new friends and established lasting relationships which have involved us in numerous community projects. We could never thank you enough in words what this has meant to both our church and cafe and of course all those people who the scheme has helped in seven short months. Who knows where this will lead us in the future but we do not really care because we know it can only be good for everyone involved. Love from us all in Oadby Leicester and thanks.

  3. I can endorse your sentiments Alex, when I am talking to cafe owners about the scheme and mention it is £10 for the pack I point out that it includes a plastic A4 holder and postage. The local Office Depot store charges over £8 for an equivalent plastic holder so clearly it is a labour of love for all involved!
    Carryon the good work!

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