Social enterprise is broadly defined as a company that is working through trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. Money is made from selling goods and services in the open market, and profits are invested back into the business or the local community. When a social enterprise profits, then so does society!
At the Trussell Trust, we run a range of social enterprise projects. Supported by a small staff team, the projects rely on volunteers to operate. Many of the volunteers are on a journey back into work, gaining valuable experience and building confidence. We also offer opportunities for supported volunteers to be part of our teams.
Profits are reinvested into the projects themselves or into working towards our mission of ending hunger and poverty in the UK.
Our social enterprise projects currently include:
- 10 community shops, two of which are dedicated furniture shops across Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire
- Online stores: Ebay
“Coming to the Trussell Trust’s charity shop saved my life.”
– Lucie, Salisbury
Lucie, came to our shop in Salisbury severely depressed. After sitting with our shop manager and talking things through she rang the next day to say that the conversation had saved her life.
Lucie is just one of the many people who we have helped to turn their lives around simply by listening and showing that we care. This is why valuing people as individuals is a priority in all our social enterprises.