The Community Champion
Gillingham Street Angels, members of Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, is a truly worthy nominee for the Community Champion – Community Business of the Year award.
Their exceptional dedication to facilitating, participating in, and enabling community engagement has made a profound impact on the community they serve. The organisation actively facilitates community engagement by providing a safe and supportive environment for local residents and the homeless. They operate a foodbank that supplies food parcels, including fresh food, to those in need. In addition, they offer services such as facilities for washing and drying clothes, assistance with form filling and applications, and an allotment where people can engage with nature and help grow sustainable food.
Their volunteers, known as “Angels,” patrol the streets, offering assistance, advice, and a compassionate presence to those in need. They also collaborate with local schools, youth clubs, and community centres to deliver educational programs and outreach activities, empowering the next generation to become responsible community members.
Gillingham Street Angels actively enables community engagement by fostering partnerships with local businesses, organisations, and authorities. They seek opportunities to collaborate and coordinate efforts, ensuring effective responses to community needs. This approach amplifies the impact of their work, addressing challenges comprehensively.
The impact of their engagement on the community has been significant. They have reduced instances of anti-social behaviour, street crime, and substance abuse, creating a safer environment. Their support and guidance have helped individuals overcome challenges and improve well-being, fostering a sense of belonging and reducing isolation.
What sets Gillingham Street Angels apart is their unwavering dedication and selflessness. Their volunteers freely give their time, skills, and compassion to make a difference. The organisation’s ethos of service and commitment to empowering individuals exemplify the qualities of a true community champion.
In summary, Gillingham Street Angels’ commitment to facilitating, participating in, and enabling community engagement has had a profound impact. Their services, collaborations, and volunteer efforts have made the community safer, empowered individuals, and fostered social integration. Their unwavering dedication and selflessness make them deserving nominees for the Community Champion – Community Business of the Year award.
On the back of the success of the brewery site and events, Dal then set his sights on expanding both the range of products on offer and the footprint of the business. In December 2021, Dal agreed a 20-year lease on Christchurch Spire in Coventry city centre. The unique venue serves Dhillon’s beers and ales on tap, as well as offering hot drinks and food, to create a family friendly environment.
Dhillon’s next venture was the Sky Blue Tavern, a brand-new sports bar in the city centre, in partnership with Coventry City Football Club. The Tavern is a hub for Sky Blues fans to meet and enjoy a drink, whether on matchdays or non-matchdays, and helps to generate revenue and support for the club. As one of the only dedicated sports bars in Coventry, football and sports fans can watch the latest action on big screens and in individual booths.
Dhillon’s Brewery have now also secured several catering contracts, including with Historic Coventry Trust, where they provide food and beverage operations at the historic Drapers’ Hall, as well as at other Trust locations.
The company’s vision and long-term growth plan continues to be focused on its close association with Coventry whilst securing further locations and contracts, to build a sustainable, profitable business model whilst continuing Dal’s original passion for brewing beautifully crafted beer.
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