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- Community Development
- Self Help/Support
- Social Economy/Social Enterprise
Social Bite is a social business. It gives 100% of it's profits to charity, and at least a quarter of our staff were formerly homeless.
We believe that Scotland is a small enough country, a collaborative enough country and a compassionate enough country where no-one should have to be homeless here.
The statistics in Scotland are not insurmountable. What we need to do is to collectively focus on the issue. We need people from all walks of life in Scotland to come together and stick up for the most vulnerable people among us.
Social Bite is on a mission to bring Scotland together, to build a collaborative movement to end homelessness here. To do that we need to make houses available to the homeless, we need to fund a support resource for people to sustain their tenancies, and we need to integrate these vulnerable and marginalised people back into society – where they belong.
What do we do?
- We run Social Enterprise Cafés throughout Scotland
- We run a “Pay it Forward” system where customers can buy food in advance for homeless people
- We distribute 100,000 items of food and hot drinks to homeless people every year
- We feed and give presents to homeless people at Christmas
- We own a high end restaurant that feeds homeless people as well as diners
- We build villages for homeless people to get back on their feet
- We fund a nationwide “Housing First” programme aimed at getting hundreds of people off the streets and into homes of their own
There are no private shareholders of Social Bite. All of our profits are invested in tackling homelessness.
The Social Bite Fund is a registered charity in Scotland which seeks to alleviate homelessness through innovative solutions from employment and support programmes, to temporary housing.
Another key aim of the Social Bite Fund is to promote a new way of doing business through the promotion of a “Social Business” model, where 100% of the profits of trading companies are directed at social problems in Scotland.
Social Bite wholly owns two companies which operate the Social Business model, namely Social Bite, a chain of retail stores and catering concessions which employs a quarter of its workforce from a homeless background; and HOME Restaurant which provides training and employment opportunities for homeless and vulnerable people. Home Restaurant also provides weekly sit down meals for homeless people in Edinburgh.
In 2017 the Social Bite Fund will be establishing a community of modular housing for up to 20 homeless people in Edinburgh with the aim of supporting these people into permanent housing and employment, breaking the cycle of homelessness for good.