Update! Caroline says thanks to all of you who donated to her JustGiving page for The Social Bite CEO Sleep-Out fundraiser which took place in December last year. The target funding of £500,000 has been achieved, and twenty homeless people will be living in new, safe accommodation before Christmas this year. Well done, everyone! Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of Social Bite, says that 20 homeless people will be housed for up to 12 months in 10 new homes built on council-owned land in Granton, Edinburgh. If you want to see what one of the new homes will look like, you can view it during August in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.
The Social Bite Village will provide homes but also a supportive environment to help people get back on their feet and able to rejoin society fully. The new community will also have a communal hub building which will provide a centre point for people to socialise, eat, work, learn and be supported. Josh commented, “We’re so pleased that the Social Bite village will be up and running this year and we’re edging closer and closer to creating what we believe can be an effective alternative to a broken temporary accommodation system for people struggling with homelessness. The end result will be an inclusive, compassionate community that will provide a vital support network to people who are ready to be helped back into society. The village is only a small part of a much bigger answer required to end homelessness but it could be a blueprint for how social enterprise, charity, council and corporates work together on a solution that makes a difference.”
You can read more at the Social Bite facebook page and watch their video http://bit.ly/2uPHT7p