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The Synergy Centre is a charitable company specialising in running community and social centres where people working in the not-for-profit sector or campaigning on issues such as social justice, ecology, holistic health and sustainable development can gather, network and build partnerships. The Synergy model is born out of many years experience of how such spaces can significantly build the capacity of the sector and thereby indirectly deliver substantial benefit to society.
Synergy started out with the now legendary Synergy Project conscious indoor festivals, held at the SEOne Club in London between 2003 and 2008.
Profits from the Synergy Project were invested in the first Synergy Centre was in Camberwell, South London, in a disused warehouse which was converted into a vibrant eco-community arts centre. Synergy worked in partnership with the Camberwell Neighbourhood Renewal department of Southwark Council and a wide variety of local groups to provide an 700 capacity, 16000sq ft venue with a wide variety of spaces. The Centre housed 2 BME social enterprises and provided a Synergy Youth Project for local young people in the after-school period to divert them away from anti-social and criminal lifestyles. The Synergy Youth Council has since evolved into a sucessful and popular youth project, Youth Futures.
The second Synergy Centre was located in a disused and semi-derelict former night club on West Street, central Brighton.Between 2015 and 2017, the Synergy team conducted an extensive programme of renovations, delivered by a large team of volunteers, before opening the venue to local promoters to hold more creative and conscious events than are normally found on West Street, where a culture of binge drinking and anti-social behaviour that is found in many city and town centres prevails. The centre team organised a number of their own events to promote topical social issues and organised projects working with the local rough-sleeping community.
Synergy is currently looking at medium-term angles on opening a Synergy Centre in Brighton and Bristol in the UK as well as an Accra Synergy Centre in Ghana and a rural Synergy Eco-Village in the Volta region of central Ghana. Our hope is to move away fromworking in temporary settings and find a permanent base, allowing us to expand and grow. An outline proposal for the creation of a network of Synergy Centres to promote a culture of sustainabiliy can be read here.