Since 2010 there has been a 50% rise in homelessness in England. Social enterprise, Fat Macy’s is out to combat this through hosting delicious, intimate supper clubs.
People living in temporary accommodation are faced with many obstacles when it comes to taking those first steps towards independent living. Over two thirds of people living in YMCA hostels say they can’t save money while in supported accommodation. The more they earn, the less they get back in benefits. While paying hostel charges, saving for a housing deposit becomes almost impossible. Enter, Fat Macy’s. Through hosting an ongoing series of supper clubs, the enterprise’s profits are put into housing deposit schemes for the participants. With every event, each chef or server makes a progressive step towards saving for their future. The workers volunteer their time and in return accumulate credit, paid into a deposit fund, which is held until they have enough for a deposit. We caught up with the brains behind the operation, Meg Doherty to find out how she came to set up the initiative and the highs and lows so far.