The House of St Barnabas is London’s first – and only – not-for-profit members’ club, dedicated to breaking the cycle of homeless.
It’s a creative, innovative and cultural space that’s been carefully curated for socially conscious Londoners. Based in a beautiful Grade I listed Soho building, you can find the usual trappings of an exclusive members’ club: stunning surroundings (including their secluded courtyard), inspiring art, amazing cultural events and great food. But the venue is also a registered charity and all profits made go towards its social misison of helping those suffering the effects of homelessness to find lasting paid work.
Despite being a members’ club, HoSB opens to the public for a host of cultural events all year round. These have included its Saturday Sessions in the summer and Festival Embassy – its series of micro-festivals showcasing emerging DJs and artists. You can check out their latest events here.
Woven into the running of the club is its Employment Academy for people affected by homelessness, providing 360° support, accredited qualifications from City & Guilds, work experience in a vibrant business, real job opportunities and mentoring. Most vital to their impact and to the lasting success of graduates is their ongoing assistance and focus on work and wage progression.
HoSB is also working towards “paying it forward” for all. For every event ticket they sell, they hope to offer one to someone who would not be able to afford one themselves, opening access to culture, live music and our home in Soho with social inclusion at its heart.
Here’s what they said
We are seeking to redefine the notion of a members’ club, to challenge stereotypes around the idea of exclusivity and to create a different kind of membership.
Our approach is driven by our social purpose to create a future where lasting employment is a reality for those affected by homelessness.