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Sandwiches...now housing

December 05 2016
An artist's impression of a Social Bite village house ©Social Bite An artist's impression of a Social Bite village house ©Social Bite
Social Bite now plans a village for homeless people.

They started off as a sandwich shop with a difference. But now Social Bite, which runs five cafés across Scotland, are planning to set up a homeless village.

Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of the social enterprise, and his team have been gifted a “large piece of land” in the Granton area of Edinburgh by the local council. The condition is that it must remain undeveloped.

Social Bite, which employs homeless people in its sandwich shops, now fundraising to build a temporary “village” for 20 people from a homeless background, which will a veg garden, chicken coup and furniture workshop.

Residents will receive everything they need including counselling, money management guidance, cooking lessons, exercise and therapy, according to the team. Those offered a place are likely to be those living in hostels and B&Bs though no one with serious addictions will be eligible.

“After 12–15 months we will help transition the residents into permanent accommodation and provide employment in Social Bite’s broader business and our partners, supporting their journey back into society where they belong,” said Littlejohn.

The social enterprise is fundraising for £500,000 to launch the project.

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