With your help, we want to build a new training venue in Shoreditch to expand our programme and increase our impact.
by Fat Macy's in London, England, United Kingdom
Fat Macy’s is a social enterprise that exists to help young Londoners get out of hostels and into their own home by training and working in our food businesses.
We launched in 2016 as a catering company and opened our first restaurant site last year. We've had 30 trainees go through our programme and so far 10 of them have secured a housing deposit for their first flat.
See the moment our first trainee Emmanuel completed his training (BBC Three) - here.
Over the last 5 years, our training team has been refining our 200-hour programme to make it as holistic as possible.
Trainees can learn alongside professional chefs in the kitchen to make our Middle Eastern-inspired dishes. They can try a range of front-of-house roles like barista and sommelier. Or they can dive into the behind-the-scenes business operations and customer service. And once they've completed the programme we continue to support them for up to two years, as they need it.
Our aim is for each person who trains with us to find what they enjoy and to develop skills and practical experience that they can use in future.
Don't take our word for it, hear about the programme straight from some of our trainees - here.
The last year has been incredibly challenging for us. Many of our long-standing catering events were cancelled overnight. And we opened our Ebury restaurant in Pimlico in the midst of an ongoing lockdown. This space has allowed us to continue to get our amazing trainees back through the doors and training again, but it's limited by its size. And we are at capacity...
The need for the programme is greater than ever. We see our recruitment numbers increasing but without a new venue, we can't offer as many places as we want to on our programme and respond the way we know we can.
We need to create a space that will enable us to work with more people and give trainees the experience they deserve.
Thanks to Brookfield Properties we have been offered an incredible space on Shoreditch High Street that we can turn into a new restaurant and training academy.
By opening in Shoreditch, each year we'll be able to train 100 people and provide a minimum of twenty people with housing deposits to move into their own homes.
But we need your help to make it happen.
We need to raise £45,000 to fit out our training academy and kitchen and transform a disused building in Shoreditch.
We have come up with some pretty incredible and delicious rewards from intimate dinners for you and the ones you love, to cooking classes, wine tastings and more.
If you want to join us on this next step on the Fat Macy’s journey, please do consider supporting us – here’s hoping to raise a glass and share a bite with you in Shoreditch very soon!
The Fat Macy’s Family xxx
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