The Hackney-based brewery regularly commits fundraising efforts and staff paid time to support causes in the community and, each year, partners with two local charities, fundraising for them and helping to raise their profile.
This year, the brewery will be supporting Hackney Winter Night Shelter, a homeless shelter running during the coldest winter months, and Headway East London, a charity supporting people affected by brain injuries.
Paid charity work
Both charities will receive fundraising support from The Five Points Brewing Company over the course of the year, and brewery staff will be given the opportunity to complete a day's paid work on behalf of their chosen charity.
Staff will be encouraged to work with the 2018 partner charities, Hackney Winter Night Shelter and Headway East London, but are welcome to work on their own projects if there is an issue or organisation close to their heart.
Five Points founder and director Ed Mason said: “Since founding The Five Points in 2013, we have strived to be a socially responsible business and employer, based in our local community. The community has taken us to their hearts and it’s important for us to give something back.”
Responsibility to the wider community
Mason continued: “Our ethos is not just about ‘the bottom line’. While, of course, this is important, we believe that businesses also have a responsibility to both the local and wider community. Supporting two partner charities each year is a great way for us to be able to demonstrate this commitment and responsibility.”
In November 2017, Five Points hosted a beer festival hosted a beer festival dedicated to celebrating other breweries that pay their workers the wage at Mason & Company bar, in Hackney Wick.
Among the breweries featured were Weird Beard Brew Co, from Hanwell, west London; Hackney Brewery, east London; Lost and Grounded, from Bristol; and the Gypsy Hill Brewing Company, south-east London.