Branches is a Community Interest Company(CIC) incorporated in March 2016. A CIC is a type of Social Enterprise. This means it is run for the benefit of the community in which we operate. It is a business with a social purpose, not a charity. Any profits must be put back into the company to allow it to develop and further benefit the community it serves.
Being a CIC (not a charity) means that Branches can add to or change the ways it generates funds without having to register each new potential income stream as a new trading company. A CIC also limits its members' liability for any outstanding debts should the company fold to £1 each, hence the £1 fee to become a member which BYPSS will keep separate from other company assets so that members liability is already covered when they join.
Branches is basically its members.
Members can suggest and vote on what the CIC should be doing to meet it's aims. Anyone who agrees with these aims can be a member, with proper permission if under 18.
The Directors of the CIC are responsible for the day to day running of the business and decision-making. The Directors of Branches are experienced qualified Youth and Community Workers, (though not so experienced that they can't remember what it was like to be young!).
The management team at Branches is made up of the Directors, the Business Manager, and the Cafe Manager. The management team was instrumental in the opening of the Branches Cafe, finding the money, organising the design and refit of the premises, making links with other organisations in order to make sure that Branches can deliver what it promises, and recruiting and training people to help run the Cafe.
Branches is holding a members meeting on Thursday 9th May at 7pm to review and evaluate our services and update the members on plans for the future.
Monday - Thursday
|08:00-15:00||Open to All|
Youth Cafe@ Branches
|08:00-17:00||Open to All|
|09:00-12:00||Open to All|
Branches is rooted in the community of Botley.
We believe that a community needs a place where people can come together to chat, eat, drink and laugh.
Above all, we believe that young people need a safe space of their own to play, learn and grow.
To know more about us go to our story thus far...