You won’t be surprised to learn that our goals focus on…bees and refugees.
We were set up in early 2020 to support London’s refugee community — people who have been forced from their homes and, in many cases, families to find sanctuary in the UK. After a period of dislocation, upheaval and uncertainty, our aim is to generate a new sense of belonging — to welcome them into their new communities.
We create this sense of belonging through bee-keeping and, more specifically, helping to save Britain’s native black bee from extinction. Survival was a close run thing in the 20th century, with disease nearly destroying the population. In the 21st century, beekeepers across the country work to ensure the black bee not only survives but thrives, and we are proud to play our part.
Our goals are ambitious, uniting existing and new communities to ensure that we are stronger together.
- Double the number of black bee colonies from 30 to 60 by the end of 2021 and double this again by 2024.
- By 2023 to become financially self-sustaining, generating income through our Community Interest Company (CIC), including: commercial beehive management services; sales of our products, such as ethically harvested black bee honey.
- Secure investment to purchase our own land for beekeeping by 2022. In achieving this, we will ensure that Bees and Refugees has a permanent home, ensure a single base of operations and reduce our carbon footprint.
- Double the number of partnerships we have — with organisations such as the Red Cross, Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Oasis Farm Waterloo — every year to 2024.
- Scale the Bees & Refugees model in the UK, expanding into cities with refugee populations. We aim to have our first non-London hives up and running by 2023.
- Scale the Bees & Refugees model internationally, working with partners to offer our services to refugees in camps in countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey by 2026.