Did you know by shopping at your local Social Enterprise you can make your money go further?
On 13th September, Staffordshire County Council supported the UK’s first Social Saturday, a day to celebrate and promote social enterprises.
Social Enterprises are businesses that reinvest their profits and are driven by a social or environmental purpose – putting people and planet first.. Social Saturday encouraged customers to visit their local Social Enterprises and use their spending power to make a positive difference.
Mixing Business with Doing Good
In the UK alone, there are 70,000 social enterprises contributing £18.5 billion to the UK economy and employing almost a million people. New ones are being set up every day and there are many in Staffordshire that mix doing business with doing good.
One example, based in Staffordshire, is the Food 4 Thought Café. Many of the café’s employees are recovering from mental illness. By having a place to work, they have a chance to rebuild their self-esteem, regain confidence and gain new skills.
We went to visit them to see firsthand the kind of work they do and the effect it has on the people who work there. See for yourself in the following video.
Food 4 Thought are on the lookout for volunteers to help run the café.
If you are interested you can always get in contact with them via their Facebook page.