About the Organisation
Lemon Leopard is part of Charitable Community Benefit Society, Safari Sanctuary, which aims to create a more equitable society. Initially founded by a group of academics in 2016 and formally established in 2020, Safari Sanctuary brings together the collective imagination of people and organisations across a range of sectors, industries and workplaces.
We support marginalised people (specifically young people) to access our services. We do this through a number of cross cutting projects, including Safari Folklore our live music venue providing free cultural and creative practice, and Safari Nosh our micro equitable food van where young people are provided with training and work experience. We also provide a safe harbour for young people fleeing their families and who fall in between gaps in local statutory provision.
We are on a journey to create a new kind of cohousing scheme based on Equitable Living Practice, aiming to develop the UK’s first permanent Living Equitable Community – an enhanced co-housing scheme for marginalised people. This will include a ‘Democratic Common House’, which acts as an extension to peoples’ homes where they can come together to support one another, socialise, and share skills and experiences as members of a collaborative care community.
Now in receipt of a grant from the People’s Health Trust, we have begun to convert the space above our Safari Folklore venue to establish a pilot project, ‘Safari Hangout’. This will demonstrate some elements of the Living Equitable concept which we hope will lead to further Local Authority support in securing land or space locally to realise our longer-term ambitions.
Lemon Leopard’s ambition is for their live music venue, Folklore, to act as a hub for a whole range of services and activities. However, the current layout is not fit for purpose and they would benefit from advice around spacial planning, as well as to inform the general look and feel of the space.
They would therefore be very grateful for the pro bono services of an interior architect/designer.