- Independent Oxford-based Tap Social Movement aims to raise £50,000 in December to kickstart its next crucial growth stage
- Since 2016 Tap Social has created more than 80,000 hours of paid employment for prisoners and prison leavers while actively advocating for positive change in the UK’s criminal justice system
- Tap Social earned ‘Purposeful Business Award’ at 2023 Oxfordshire Business Awards and was short-listed for ‘Consumer-Facing Social Enterprise of the Year’ at nationwide UK Social Enterprise Awards 2023
Oxfordshire – Multi award-winning social enterprise, craft brewery, and hospitality organisation Tap Social Movement today launches a crowdfunding campaign to support its next growth stage and enable it to continue offering life-changing interventions for prison leavers.
Co-founded by independent criminal barrister Paul Humpherson and sisters Amy and Tess Taylor in 2016, Tap Social provides training, support, and fulfilling employment for prisonersand prison leavers. To date it has created more than 80,000 hours of paid employment for people from prison, and reached more than 500 more prisoners via job fairs, workshops, and other initiatives.
Tap Social has grown from just five people to more than 55 employees and expanded to six sites across Oxfordshire, including a production brewery in Kidlington and Proof Social Bakehouse, a wholesale bakery and community café located in its former brewing premises in Kennington. Roughly 30% of its staff have lived experience of the UK’s criminal justice system.
“We’re really proud of our accomplishments so far, most importantly the positive impact that we’ve worked so hard to make in people’s lives after prison,” says Tess Taylor. “We are so grateful for the unbelievable support of our community, which has enabled us to grow and offer these life-changing interventions. This campaign will help us stay on track, bring new inclusive products to market, and most importantly enable us to continue supporting some of the most disadvantaged people in our communities.”
This year Tap Social has earned several awards for its social mission, including the ‘Purposeful Business Award’ at the annual Oxfordshire Business Awards and ‘Best Community Food Endeavour’ at the Ox in a Box Food Awards. It was also short-listed in the ‘Consumer-Facing Social Enterprise of the Year’ category at the nationwide UK Social Enterprise Awards.
Tap Social offers a range of rewards for pledges to its crowdfunding campaign, including gift card bonuses, monthly beer deliveries for a year, wedding package discounts, a takeover of its production brewery, and more. The campaign runs until 3 January, 2024.
- Crowdfunding campaign: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/tap–social
- Website: https://www.tapsocialmovement.com/
- Impact Report: https://simplebooklet.com/impactprogressreport
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tapsocialmovement/
About Tap Social Movement: With a shared passion for social justice and craft beer, Paul Humpherson and sisters Amy and Tess Taylor founded Tap Social Movement in 2016 to provide support, training, and fulfilling employment to people who have had contact with the criminal justice system. It is one of six Oxfordshire social enterprise hubs and currently manages five community venues across the county, in addition to its commercial production brewery.
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