The Lounge is owned and run by ACT (Alvechurch Communities Together), a registered charity set up to support the communities of Alvechurch and surrounding areas.
All profits from the sale of food and refreshments, as well as room hire and other services, are reinvested back into this project and used to fund a wide range of activities we provide for various community groups in the local area - especially young people.
ACT was founded, and continues to be run by, volunteers from the local community with the very generous support of local businesses and residents. We are proud of what has been achieved through the hard hard work and collective efforts of so many in our community and we look forward to your continued support for this project.
"PC Albutt added that antisocial behaviour in Alvechurch had been almost nil over the past four years and that was down to the work of The Lounge."
- The Village Magazine - April 2014
The Lounge is an innovative venture, combining a community focused internet cafe by day with youth sessions in the evenings. Opening in January 2011, initially as a non-profit commuity interest compnay, it proved popular with the youth, helping lower anti-social behaviour in the village almost immediately. With it's free high speed internet and friendly atmosphere, many other members of the community, both young and old, soon found it a place to meet friends and enjoy a chat during the day, putting money back into the project so many people are passionate about.
Today we still provide the free high speed access, now including free WI-FI and utilising updated computers and software, but now we are a fully registered charity. This allows more of the money we receive to go to the youth work and making it more compatible with many businesses corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes and gives people a better sense of security when they are donating to us.
We continue to innovate and evolve the youth work, to adapt to the changing needs of the people we work with, providing a safe place to be and to help them on in life, be it advice, or in more practice life skills they will need as they move towards adulthood.
Thanks to the community support we get, we are always looking to the future and who we can maximize the impact we deliver, with the support and funding we receive.
If you would like to be a part of this fantastic, community lead charity, or to just find out more, please get in touch or drop in for a chat when we are open.