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TOWARDS A BETTER WAY OF WORKING LIFE // JANUARY 2020

28.12.20

2020 may feel like so much time blur, but that doesn't mean nothing happened. This year, we learned to live locally and longed to get out of the house. We discovered how much we needed people and found new ways to be together. We step into 2021 with newfound appreciation of our neighbourhoods and each other. 

WORK

Creative Entrepreneurs is launching a membership platform, offering a rich learning programme, networking opportunities and other perks. Built by creatives for creatives. Get on their invite list now. 

The Creative Independent is full of practical and emotional guidance for creative professionals. Prepare for 2021 with Tips for Imagining and Building what Comes Next and How To Recession-Proof Your Creative Practice

NEIGHBOURHOOD

Design and strategy consultancy, Nemesis, flags koinonia as an emerging trend for 2021 and beyond; a group philosophy rooted in shared connections and purpose, where identity is based on values, institutions and your role in a network. We're here for it. 

It's time to answer that age-old question "where can I get a really good Christmas sandwich?" with a takeaway from some of the finest 'stuff between two pieces of bread' makers in London. 

"We didn't know how much we relied on our highstreet - until we didn't have one." It's easy to join Save The Street's campaign to support local shops and the people who run them by signing their open letter to the government.

Picture: Ridley Road Market, 1985. Photo © Rio Cinema Archive

HOW 2 // STAY FOCUSED

Listen to poets Fred Moten & Harmony Holiday reflect on records and readings that help us find quietness when we need it and abandon it when we need to be loud in the first of three Frieze Listening Sessions

HOW 2 // STRUCTURE YOUR DAY 

Book a visit from mobile refill shop the TopUp Truck. Better yet, tell your neighbours so the whole street can pick up some zero waste groceries. Now taking bookings in E5, E8, N16 and E9.

HOW 2 // GET AWAY FROM WORK

Sign up for an online Spring Term course in drawing, printing or sculpture at the Royal Drawing School. All course rates are subsidised and they also offer a comprehensive concessions scheme.

Enjoy new releases and festival flicks on Rio Player, proceeds from which go directly to support the cinema and their partners. 

HOW 2 // SUPPORT YOUR NEIGHBOURS

In March 2020, community cookery school Made In Hackney paused its classes to launch a temporary direct-to-door, free meal delivery service for households struggling to access food. They've provided over 50,000 meals since then. They are looking for contributions to help them continue service until March 2021 - be that through donations or social media shares. 

The E5 Baby Bank is a community-led project that supplies local families with essentials like clothes, nappies, wipes, and baby baths. In the five months they've been running, they've helped nearly 400 families. They are looking for seasonal donations - clean, in good condition and sorted and labelled by age and sex of child. You can keep up with their weekly wish list through Instagram and Facebook.

WORK NEAR HOME IN 2021

Looking to do things a little differently in the New Year? Sign up for our Xmas Offer (£75 off membership) before 01.01.21 and choose when you start. ⁠

The best of the office - meeting rooms, phone booths, wifi you can rely on, free printing, good coffee and conversation - in a sunny space with a local purpose. ⁠

No joining fee. No commitment. 

ARC Club Homerton is open for tours throughout the festive period. Email nina@arc-club.com com to book one now.


ARC Club Newsletter Towards A Better Way Of Working Life Xmas Market 2020

ARC Xmas Market 2020

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Welcome to the ARC Club Homerton Xmas Market. ⁠

From gourmet desserts to printed bumbags - so much is being made and sold within just a few streets from home. Especially in Hackney.

Shop from ARC Club Homerton. Or online.

It’s been a tough year for business. And for local independent businesses, in particular. Yet despite that, makers keep on making. We are proud to be able to provide a platform for some of them to promote their work. And to prioritise Black creatives, who make up such a significant part of Hackney’s wealth of talent.

Honey Malaolu's vibrant prints are a celebration of Africa and modern urban life. With a strong commitment to promoting artisanship both here and abroad, this lifestyle brand covers everything from bespoke soft furnishings to bridalwear. 

www.honeymalaolu.com 

Lola's Treasure Box celebrates positivity and colour with handmade African and Middle Eastern inspired jewellery. 

www.lolastreasurebox.com

Love, Mellie's plant-powered products offer clean haircare for coily, curly, kinky and wavy Hair. Made using organic and/or natural oils and butters. Free from sulphates, silicones and parabens. Wonderful. 

www.lovemellie.com

Realm of Treasure’s curated collection of handmade jewellery comes from independent UK makers and further afield. Unique, occasionally quirky and always ethically-sourced.

www.realmoftreasure.com

Yum Puff Treats  is a family-run business, out to put Nigerian dessert on the map with a fresh take on the ‘puff puff’. Think the hole in your doughnut but tastier - with a wide range of unexpected and delicious flavours, textures and toppings. 

www.yumpufftreats.com 


 

Here are some of our favourite retailers and gift guides for Xmas 2020 to help you spend your money where it counts.

Bookshop.org is designed to help you shop directly from independent booksellers. 

Jammi is a discount card and discovery platform for Black-owned businesses in the UK. And they’ve assembled a Christmas Edit.

TimeOut‘s gift guide is full of stuff made right here in London, from booze and shoes to cheese, toys and jewellery

GIve the gift of ARC Club Homerton.

Treat someone to working near home in 2021 with £75 off their first month at ARC Club Homerton. Or just treat yourself.

The best of the office - meeting rooms, phone booths, wifi you can rely on, free printing, good coffee and conversation - in a sunny space with a local purpose. ⁠

No joining fee. No commitment. 

Choose any start date - but the offer must be claimed before 01.01.21.
Email nina@arc-club.com with the subject ARCXMAS to claim.

 


ARC Club Newsletter Towards A Better Way Of Working Life

December 2020

TOWARDS A BETTER WAY OF WORKING LIFE // DECEMBER 2020
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27.11.20


The end of lockdown is in sight. And while it may be a different kind of Christmas season from the one it was last year, there are still many ways to make the most of work and life. And to do it together - even when we’re apart. Here are just a few of them:
 

WORK

It’s a big month for female founders with so many events coming up, it feels like, well, Christmas. Found & Flourish is hosting panels on protecting your mental health and financial wellbeing, while Hustle & Heels is offering a free session for underrepresented entrepreneurs on pitching products and services

Iconic couples’ therapist Esther Perel’s new podcast How’s Work? unpacks the baggage we bring to our professional relationships - whether in-person or remotely.


COMMUNITY

Shoreditch gallery, Autograph, is running regular online events, exploring how photography can shed light on issues of inclusion, rights, disability and what it means to be part of a community.

In the latest episode of TATE podcast series The Art Of..., black female and non-binary folk talk about how art and creativity can be used as a force for healing. (Featuring ARC’s very own Community Coordinator, Nina Franco). 


CITY

For a rural break in your own backyard, check out this article on where to feel like you’re in the countryside in London

Hot off the press, it’s the post-lockdown restrictions. Get ready to support your local pubs and restaurants with some hearty dining out. Doing the right thing tastes great.


Picture: Disability and Visibility, Ways on being.

HOW TO // STAY FOCUSED 

If you thought pottering was the opposite of focus, we have news - it is in fact a form of moving meditation and a way to bring order to your restless mind


HOW TO // STRUCTURE YOUR DAY 

It can be harder than ever to get up and get going in December. Why not start the day with a free weekday Zhineng Qigong session at 8am with the College of Medicine? (Yes, that’s the actual College of Medicine). 

HOW TO // GET AWAY FROM WORK

Join the Hands Up Foundation for their first virtual carol concert on 2 December as they Sing For Syria

HOW TO // SUPPORT YOUR NEIGHBOURS

This year’s 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign began on 25 November. Mark it by making a donation to - or volunteering at - wonderful Clapton-based organisation Sistah Space

The Roundchapel in Clapton offers free meals and social contact to vulnerable adults. It has been an invaluable source of support for many during the pandemic. Unable to rely on their usual fundraising revenue through events, they are grateful for any and all donations

GET IN LINE

If you struggle to work from home, don’t worry - our sunny, covid-secure workplace stays open both in and out of lockdown. A peaceful shared space with great coffee and WiFi. There are just a few places left - so sign up to our waiting list to be first through the door.


ARC Club Newsletter Towards A Better Way Of Working Life

Towards A Better Way Of Working Life

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23.10.20

TOWARDS A BETTER WAY OF WORKING LIFE

The leaves are falling and Tier 3 tensions are rising. Right now, it’s easy to feel down. But for all that, life carries on. We still get up and ‘go’ to work (wherever that may be); form new communities and rediscover old ones.

To help you on your way, here’s your monthly ARC round up of useful and interesting things. 

WORK

A lot has been written about working from home in 2020. But this remains our favourite article to date - covering everything from the impact on identity to coffee culture. 

ARC loves Bruce Daisley’s podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat and its accompanying newsletter, Make Work Better. Recent topics include ‘What’s the value of an office?’ and ‘Burnout - the second epidemic.’ 

COMMUNITY

Take an autumnal stroll along the Southbank to check out an outdoor exhibition celebrating key workers by a diverse range of artists. 

Or bed down with Desmonds, the 1980s classic about a barbershop in Peckham, now available on Netflix.

Installation view of Mahtab Hussain, Dr A Shahid with Ember, 2020 at Southbank Centre's Everyday Heroes, 2020. Copyright the artist.
Photo credit: Linda Nylind

CITY

The underground holds dangers other than superspreaders. Namely, GHOSTS. Check out this 2001 documentary for a Halloween treat.

Is the city over? The producers of Freakonomics Radio say ‘no’ in this fascinating data-driven study of New York City. 

HOW TO // STAY FOCUSED 

Get a plant. Good for the lungs. Good for the soul.
And then get Plantsit to look after it so you don’t have to. 

HOW TO // STRUCTURE YOUR DAY 

Switch your list game up with Todoist

HOW TO // GET AWAY FROM WORK

Let Harry Styles read you to sleep with Calm. 
Or take a hike with Vespucci Adventures (discount available to ARC Club Homerton members). 

HOW TO // SUPPORT YOUR NEIGHBOURS

Hackney Giving makes it easy to support a wide range of small charities and groups working on the ground in Hackney - be that through individual donations, payroll giving or volunteering.  

OUR COVID-SECURE WORKPLACE

Are you tired of working from home? Join ARC Club Homerton.

- WiFi you can rely on
- Phone booths
- Printing & scanning 
- Free tea & filter coffee
- Conference room
- Cn-site cafe

Wide range of plans available from £150 p/month.

- No joining fee
- 3rd party invoicing
- Pay when you start
- Numbers limited by ‘covid capacity’ 

Email nina@arc-club.com to bag a space now.