2018 in Reflection

I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way - things I had no words for.
— Georgia O'Keeffe

Since our launching in the summer of 2018, we've had a whirlwind six months of creativity and crafting. We've spent some time reflecting on last year's highlights, and preparing for growing our mission in 2019.

Read on to learn more about what we've been up to...

Where it all began: pitching at Year Here and the Funding Network's bi-annual Crowdbacker. As the name suggests, they're events where people can crowdfund for a social venture in person.

Or as Forward 3D put it: " they're a chance to "do some good along the way." On the evening, we were supported by Jess Thompson of the award-winning social enterprise Migrateful, who stood up to champion us.

And thanks to the generosity of the audience, we officially kickstarted our mission to support refugees in the UK.

Interested in hearing from a new generation of social enterprises? Year Here's next Crowdbacker event is on Tuesday 15th January - read more about them.


In the autumn, we joined up with our friends at Housing Justice, a housing-focused charity, and St Peter's Eaton Square, a church in central London. All our artists took inspiration from some of the greats, like Frida Kahlo and Loïs Mailou Jones, to create their own expressive portraits.

Along with a collaborative mural on unity, the portraits featured in the church's exhibition on artwork created by refugees in London.

Learn more about our wellbeing workshops.


Our founder, Shayane, visited the DOT Unconference in Nairobi, Kenya, as part of the UK's first ever delegation to the event. Last year's theme was 'inclusivity', and brought together young social innovators from around the world – who are all focused on social change. With the number of displaced people at their highest since 1945, we know that building networks and knowledge is key to our project.

Follow DOT on Twitter to learn more about their work.


In August 2018, we attended a pitch at the Camden SOUP - but you might be wondering what exactly a SOUP is? As a community microgranting event, a £5 ticket gets you a both dinner and a vote. After hearing from a series of local community projects, the audience choose who walks away with the entire pot of money. Needless to say, we're still chuffed that we won, and we love attending SOUPs to back other great community ideas - like FEAST with us.

Learn more about how the SOUP model works here, and sign up for Camden SOUP's next event.

2018 was a great start to our work, and we'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone that's supported us so far.

In particular, we want to thank our earliest supporters: Year Here, Digital Opportunity Trust, Camden SOUP, Forward 3D, Bates Wells and Braithwaite, Good for Nothing, Migrateful, St Peter's Eaton Square, Housing Justice, and the Funding Network.

Not made any New Years resolutions yet? We're looking for artists and facilitators to work with us in 2019, and we have wider volunteering opportunities with our programmes. Drop us a line at hello@wearepomegranate.com