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Social Bite Village Project – Update

Ferguson Transport & Shipping, team up with Social Bite to provide and sponsor the logistics required for The Social Bite Village Project in Edinburgh.

In Summer 2017, a Ferguson Transport & Shipping lorry collected the first accommodation home from Invergordon that was placed in Edinburgh’s St Andrews square to be displayed to the public. It was later moved to be displayed at Edinburgh Airport and latterly to Edinburgh Universities Lauriston Campus. Recently, the first home was placed at the Social Bite Village in Granton.

Social Bite started as an Edinburgh based social business that launched in 2012; the Café supports the Social Business concept in which instead of focusing on maximising financial gain the business focuses on solving social problems. The business has now grown and established itself in various forms and locations yet continuously strives to tackle homelessness, with 1 in 4 employees at The Social Bite having come from a homeless background.

The Social Bite Village is a project that combines an innovative housing model, using vacant council owned land, along with a supported community environment. The project is entirely geared at breaking the cycle of homelessness and giving residents pathways into employment and permanent housing.

The intention of The Social Bite Village is to provide an innovative, low cost, safe living environment for up to 20 people for around 12 months. During this time extensive support will be given in order to give them the skills and support required to reintegrate and become valued and supported members of society.

The Eco Friendly Nest houses were designed and developed by Jonathan Avery and his Linlithgow based company ‘Tiny House Scotland.’ The houses were then manufactured by Carbon Dynamics in Invergordon and then transported by Ferguson Transport & Shipping.

Ferguson Transport & Shipping are delighted to support this cause, pictured below is our lorry being loaded and in transit from Invergordon through to Edinburgh.

For more information on The Social Bite Village please visit their website: http://www.socialbitevillages.co.uk

Videos courtesy of Carbon Dynamics, made throughout the project, can also be viewed at the following links: https://vimeo.com/229343542 https://vimeo.com/232249117