The Alchemist is giving back the most precious gift of all by encouraging its teams to donate over 300 valuable hours a month in supporting local communities by taking time off from work to volunteer – whilst still being paid.

The masters in dark arts and molecular mixology, The Alchemist likes to do things a little differently, making incredible transformations, usually through its approach to innovative cocktails and delivering a fun experience for guests. Now the unconventional bar and restaurant is transforming local lives, through The Currency of Kindness.

In Manchester, the teams have partnered with ‘Onside Youths’ charity – a network of 21st century youth clubs, who provide a safe and inspiring place for young teens to go in their spare time, where they can connect with other teens, learn new skills and socialize in a safe and positive environment.

The premium operator has partner charities in all of its locations across the UK and supports causes from youth projects to helping the homeless and even doing someone else’s shopping for them. The initiative is simple and is all about sharing skills, experience and, most importantly, giving something more precious than gold – time.

Managing director, Simon Potts commented; “As a company, we’re investing in our neighborhoods. Quite simply we are giving our teams the freedom to donate their time to support the local community by paying them to take time off work to volunteer for partner charities in all our locations. We already have seven local charity partnerships we’re committed to and this will inevitably grow as we do”.


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