“Homeless Beanies is a social enterprise that aims to provide opportunities for people who are homeless or long term unemployed to learn, earn and work their way out of poverty. The Homeless Beanies Enterprise Hub provides homeless, newly housed and longterm unemployed people with the opportunities to become self employed within a Homeless Beanies Enterprise.”
Being homeless is devastating, dangerous and isolating. Last year in England, 4,134* people slept rough every night. That’s a huge number, but there is hope…
Homeless Beanies is a social enterprise that aims to provides opportunities for people who are homeless or longterm unemployed to learn, earn and work their way out of poverty. The Homeless Beanies Enterprise Hub provides homeless, newly housed and longterm unemployed people with the opportunities to become self employed within a Homeless Beanies Enterprise.
Homeless Beanies provides mentoring, guidance and capacity building support to start-ups and enterprises providing employment to homeless, newly housed or long term unemployed beneficiaries of it’s partner organisations.
The objective of Homeless Beanies is to:
i) develop and test a new and different model to traditional support to homeless people
We believe this project takes a different approach to supporting homeless people. It has been developed with and for them to give real opportunities to people in a supportive environment. The development of the project will encourage other organisations to look at homelessness and supporting homeless people in different ways, ways in which they are helping themselves.
ii) to directly support homeless people through their involvement in the project
We will support people who have little or no work exposure or qualifications to develop hands-on experience as well as accredited qualifications. We will be able to provide opportunities for homeless people to run their own business and develop enterprise skills – it will be a fabulous life experience – offering structure, something to get out of bed for and opportunities to actually achieve in life.
Our aim is to improve the lives of homeless people, raise aspiration and better outcomes through the opportunity to work with and potentially run a Homeless Beanies Enterprise.
The Homeless Beanies Enterprise Hub will support new and existing Homeless Beanies Enterprises. Each Homeless Beanies Enterprise will:
• be run and staffed by trained homeless or recently homed people.
• follow a franchise model that will provide self employment within the Homeless Beanies Enterprise structure
• be self funded and sustainable
• generate a profit for reinvestment into existing Homeless Beanies Enterprises
• enable industry partners to provide their expertise pro bono as part of their Corporate Responsibility for masterclasses, accredited training programmes and industry days.
Mentoring [Beanie Buddies]
The Homeless Beanies understanding of mentoring is that it is the development of people. In practice we firmly believe that it is not programmes or projects that affect transformation in the life of an individual, but people. To that end, mentoring is both vital and essential to our success as an homeless enterprise and work initiative. The mentoring training programme is aimed at those who work alongside homeless and recently housed people as mentors (Beanie Buddies) as the mentee makes steps to work their way out of poverty through a Homeless Beanies enterprise.
Mentoring is an increasingly popular way of providing guidance and support to people in need. Recent years have seen mentoring expand from a relatively small intervention to a cornerstone service that is being implemented in community centres, faith institutions, work programmes, and a wide variety of service institutions working with vulnerable people.
The first Homeless Beanies enterprises that will operate is the original beanie hat sales, which operates online and through street vending. We are currently working with a number of industry partners to develop Homeless Coffee Beanies as the second Homeless Beanies enterprise. This will see mobile coffee carts vending on streets, operated by trained homeless baristas. As the capacity within Homeless Beanies grows we have also identified and explored the potential for the following further enterprises: Homeless Beanies Landscaping, Homeless Beanies Communications, Homeless Beanies Beauty.