Make a difference with your purchases
We're proud to have many social enterprises amongst our alumni, who not only provide vital support to individuals and communities but a great service to their customers too. Now more than ever, charities and social enterprises need our help so that they can work to rebuild a better society. And what easier way than choosing to shop social? There are many fantastic social enterprises out there, here are a few we know well that you might like to look at.
Smashed smartphone? Cracked It, London's best iPhone fixers, will now collect, fix and return your broken phone or tablet within a day. The service is available in 13 London Boroughs, and you'll be supporting young ex-offenders into employment.
If you're feeling peckish, Fat Macy's is delivering delicious meals to eat at home. You can chose from mezze and picnic platters, and they also have a range of hampers that can be sent as gifts. Not only is there food amazing (we've tasted it), their team is made up of young Londoners who've experienced homelessness.
You'll need some wine to go with that fantastic food, and Forty Hall Vineyard is the place to get it. Their organic wines are grown and produced in Enfield, and your purchases will help to support people suffering from mental health issues in the local area.
We'll be coming out of lockdown soon enough, and you won't be able to stay in your pyjamas all day any more. Fortunately, Birdsong can help you with a new outfit that will be custom made by their makers. Birdsong supports marginalised women into fairly paid employment, and all of their clothing is made using environmentally sustainable processes.
London Reclaimed is the place to go if you're in need of some new furniture. Their Goldfinch Furniture programme is staffed by at-risk young people who learn the trade and receive mentoring whilst being paid a fair wage. London Reclaimed also runs Lumberjack, a cafe/deli in Camberwell where you can find lots of delicious treats and do your bit to support young people into employment. They're currently open for collections and delivery.