Bread+Roses, a cooperative social space including a cafe, co-working space and studios is set to open on North Parade, Bradford on 8th August.
A group of Bradford-based people and organisations have come together under the same roof and have transformed the former Forks Cafe on North Parade into a daytime and evening cafe, pop-up restaurant venue and co-working space.
The aim of the building is to encourage positive change in Bradford through creating a place for people to collaborate. The project has been made possible with loan investment from Key Fund’s Northern Impact Fund, The Cooperative Loan Fund, and a grant through the Bradford Council’s City Centre Growth Zone scheme.
Inspired by Rose Schneiderman’s 1912 speech, the name Bread + Roses describes how in addition to the necessities for living, people need opportunities to flourish too. The venue offers opportunities for people to meet, socialise and share ideas, with a variety of community focused activities and uses. The cafe will be open on evenings and weekends to add to the already vibrant offer on North Parade, with a unique proposal of midweek food pop-ups and weekend restaurant takeovers. The cafe hopes to create a welcoming environment that is rooted in the community. With a focus on local produce and a fresh, varied, and vibrant menu, the cafe will bring something new to North Parade.
The ambitious plans will also see local art and community organisations alongside art and print resources, brought together under one roof. The upper floors will be occupied by residents of a brand new co-working space, providing a home for local freelancers and small businesses, led by members of cooperative agency Chapel Street Studio. Bradford-based theatre company Common Wealth will also base their operations from 14 North Parade, with Speaker’s Corner hosting a ‘Youth Cafe’, creating an open and empowering environment for young people.
The group behind Bread + Roses are looking to meet like-minded people to collaborate on new events and make use of all the building has to offer. From kitchen and venue hire for local food start-ups, creative workspaces and a programme of events for young people, there are plenty of ways to get involved.
Sonia Sandhu, Cafe Manager said:
“ It’s really exciting to bring an interesting food offer to North Parade; nutritious and seasonal breakfasts and lunches, great coffee and cakes, a twice weekly youth cafe led by Speakers Corner and evening and weekend bistro nights and supper clubs. We’re confident this will
appeal to a diverse range of people, and we hope to be a cafe with a difference. We welcome ideas from local people and groups on how we can work together to create events combining fun activities and food. Pop in for a brew and a chat!”
Si Cunningham, Chair of Bradford Civic Society said:
“I think this new venture will be a very welcome addition to North Parade and I can’t wait to check it out. I know that the top of town has become a bit of a popular destination for drinkers, but it’s vital that we’re encouraging as much diversity as possible to make the area
vibrant and accessible for all Bradfordians, at all times of day. Having more creative space up there and a different food offering will do wonders for the street in the long term. The guys involved are so passionate, and full of energy and great ideas – this is exactly the
sort of thing we need in Bradford.”
Jon Royle, Chief Executive of Bridge (Forks Cafe) said:
“Bridge is delighted that 14 North Parade, the former site of the much loved Forks Café, will become a new social enterprise cafe. Forks aspired to empower people to transform their lives and contribute to their community. It’s wonderful that the new occupants are a dynamic, creative, value driven organisation and we wish them well in this exciting venture.”
Saliha Rubani, founding member of Speaker’s Corner said:
“Speakers Corner are so excited about joining a community led project such as this. Our event Space will remain at Ivegate and we’ll use 14 North Parade as a way of working collaboratively with others. Through the Youth Cafe, our young women who lead events at Speakers Corner hope to give other young people the opportunity to plan Speakers Corner
events, participate in any ongoing projects and provide an evening social space to hang out.”