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The Social Bite Village is an innovative, low cost, safe living environment for up to 20 people for around 12 -18 months. Throughout their tenancy, residents will receive extensive support in a community environment and learn new skills to help get their life back on track. Residents also receive extensive work placements and employability support.

After 12-18 months we will help transition the residents into permanent accommodation and provide pathways to mainstream employers, supporting their journey back into society where they belong. After 12-18 months another 20 resident’s will be welcomed into the village.

The residents are people who find themselves living in mostly unsupported temporary accommodation, shelters, and B&Bs. From our experience, these people have very little hope or social intervention to help them break out of the cycle of homelessness and it costs councils a significant amount of money just to maintain the status quo.

We do not take in anyone with a present addiction issue or with dual diagnosis (mental health and addiction issues). The purpose of the Village is to offer the right support, living environment and opportunities for someone from a situation of homelessness to become an independent member of society.

Creating a Blueprint

The overall ambition is to create a full circle solution to the issue of homelessness – from housing support to employment. In doing so we hope to alter the course of some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people for the better – swapping a destiny of poverty and exclusion for one of compassionate support and inclusion. This, in turn, will provide a blueprint for addressing homelessness that can be replicated either by other private individuals, other charities or governments in Scotland or further afield.

We do not believe this is a one-stop solution for all homelessness, but for a subset of the homeless population who have fewer complex-needs, do not have a present addiction issue, and are motivated by living in a community and achieving employment and independent living. We believe we can create a scalable solution.

Visit the Social Bite Village Website

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Pay in advance for a coffee or any item of food from our menu and a local homeless person can come into any of our shops to claim it.

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Through regular support we can plan ahead with certainty. We want to ensure we can continue to provide our homeless communities with the food, shelter and support they rely on. Please become a regular supporter today and help make a difference.

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