iMBiZO: (Zulu) A cultural gathering of hearts and minds.
Cafe iMBiZO has been open since November 2012 and is a demonstration of God’s love and compassion in the community. We are a registered limited company running on a not-for-profit basis and governed by the trusteeship of Fareham Community Church.
“You say the way to God is by faith alone, plus nothing; well, I say that good works are important too, for without god works you can’t prove whether you have faith or not; but anyone can see that I have faith by the way I act.” – James 2:18
iMBiZO is a great place to come to eat; drink and chill out with friends or alone. We have a menu of delicious coffee shop fare and cakes made in our very own little kitchen.
The vision for iMBiZO is 3 fold:
- Building a viable local business that can act as a hub for meetings; one-off and regulat events that create a sense of belonging.
- Create an environment that can factilitate a wider sense of community particularly amongst businesses, residents and commuters at the east end of the High Street.
- Build links and financially support a specific community abroad using a percentage of any proceeds to build infrastructure and support community development.
We are one of the few cafes in the country running the ‘Suspended Coffee Scheme’. Anyone who comes in can ask to buy a suspended coffee and we will add the cost of that coffee to their order. We then use that money to provide hot drinks and something to eat for those genuinely in need. People can buy anything on the menu to help someone less fortunate than themselves.
Our biggest area of achievement has been in the relationships built and development within our volunteer staff team. Over the past year we have had over 20 volunteers come through the project, each with their own story and reason for being with us. Some have come through the churches to join and support the vision of the cafe, others have come through the Job Centre work placement scheme and Two-Saints homeless support services.
We are also registered with the Careers Developement Group, and have recently been able to take advantage of some funding to take on one of our volunteers on a paid basis. It is no understatement to say that this project has changed lives and we will try to include some of our stories here on a regular basis.
We want to see iMBiZO used as much as possible. If you have an idea for an event or group that could use iMBiZO please get in contact with us. Also, if you have any skills or know someone else that could benefit from volunteering at iMBiZO, let us know.