Our beneficiaries come to use through an Edinburgh charity called the Rock Trust.
We aim to work with young people who have no place to live, are at risk of becoming homeless, or are facing general struggles and hardships in their lives. The Rock Trust has the same mission. They provide accommodation for disadvantaged and homeless young adults, whilst teaching them the skills they require to lead an autonomous life that overcomes the struggles they face. This starts with basic life skills such as cooking, and cleaning, and extends to volunteer placements, searching for employment, and general community interaction.
Our beneficiaries work with us, side by side, making and selling soup.
All our soup-selling profits are reinvested into employment training opportunities for our beneficiaries, which they themselves decide on. This means someone’s profits may go towards a bike-mechanics course, while another one’s may be invested into ‘smart-clothes’ for their first job interview, while another one’s may be used to buy materials required for an accounting course at college. In this way we build more than just CVs and business skills: we build confidence, equipping our previously disadvantaged employees with the skills to succeed and the knowledge that they can succeed.
We thus work in partnership to change lives, one slurp at a time.
How to get involved...
You can read more about the Rock Trust on their website at http://www.rocktrust.org.
If you live in Edinburgh and would like to refer yourself to The Rock Trust, please see http://www.rocktrust.org/call-back-or-refer-yourself.
Tel: 0131 557 4059