Fire it up Derby! (Social Enterprise)

Great news!   Sacred Bean Coffee CIC, supported by Ozzy Road has been successful in a bid to the Futures Fund and won a grant for £10,000 in January.

Sacred Bean Coffee is a Social Enterprise based at Susanna Wesley House, on the new Castleward Estate between intu and the railway station.  Susanna Wesley House is a pioneer mission project based in a house, which was bought, along with a manse, by the Methodist Church when Queen’s Hall closed. Darren and Jo Howie are employed in a job-share as the Pioneer Missioners.  (Darren was previously the curate at St Peter’s in town.) Lots of projects are run from Susanna Wesley House including a  support morning  for women using the nightshelter (called Suzie’s) and a weekly community meal on a Thursday.  Ozzy Road have used SWH for leadership awaydays too. It’s a lovely peaceful place  – do visit if you get a chance.

Sacred Bean Coffee itself has now been set up as a social enterprise company in its own right so it can trade. It’s led by Darren Howie who is a massive coffee buff and has three other directors  – Jo Howie, Tim Benson and Chandra Morbey (who is a Deacon at Ozzy Road).

Sacred Bean is an artisan coffee roasting company that seeks to foster human flourishing in every individual we encounter, whilst also teaching people practical skills that will enhance future resilience and sustainable employability.


If you want to find out more about Sacred Bean Coffee – and to buy some perhaps – then have a look at their Facebook site which is Sacred Bean Coffee.

At Ozzy Road, we’ve been talking and praying about social enterprise for over a year now and this is new project is a fantastic but also scary opportunity to move forward with our plans.  We already have our Wednesday morning group from 10-12 where we do practical jobs around the church and the manses including DIY, cleaning, gardening, decorating and even whole room makeovers – do come along and join us if you’re interested.  Ben is looking at lots of ideas to move this to the next step.  This would be to start up our own business idea – we’re exploring an eBay shop, where we could sell donations and also things that we’ve made ourselves – we’ve got lots of ideas  – please have a chat if you’d like to get involved.

Fire It Up Derby is a programme specially put together for this grant opportunity.   We are going to deliver a project aimed at helping, encouraging and motivating 10 people who are a long way from the job market, move closer to being ready for work.   The project will involve us finding the 10 people – called Participants – and signing them up for the project.  We held a Taster Day last week so people could come along and find out more.  Participants can learn how to roast coffee, pack and despatch coffee with Darren, and volunteer at Ozzy Road, with the Dove Project, Hammers and Spanners and with our new social enterprise ideas.  They also each have an allowance of £250 to spend on formal courses such as Food Hygiene, First Aid etc.   It’s a 6 month project with 5 people on a 10 week programme which runs twice, making 10 people.

In order to deliver this project, which has quite strict requirements, we’ve advertised for a Project Manager and Administrator and we have interviewed and appointed Paul Brookhouse.  Many of you will know Paul from his time at the Hope Centre or on the Nightshelter Management Group.  He’s got lots of experience in helping people on the margins plus has delivered this sort of grant before. Paul will be working 13 hours a week, based at Ozzy Road for some of his time.

This project is funded by the Skills Funding Agency and the European Union’s European Social Fund.

Please see Graham, Eliza, Ben, Chandra or indeed Paul for more details, if you’d like to help, or if there’s someone currently out of work, who you think might be interested in finding out more.


Thanks for all your help and encouragement, we really appreciate all the support from the Ozzy Road and  Boulton Lane church family.


Chandra and Ben

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