On Saturday 13th October Social Enterprise UK hosted a Social Saturday and invited a select few Hove Park students to join them. Our lucky pupils boarded the Big Lemon Bus, Brighton and the UK's first solar-powered bus, with zero emissions, and travelled on an exclusive tour to find out more about Brighton's unique social enterprises.
Starting at HiSbe Food, The Rebel Supermarket we explored how supermarkets can provide fair pay to its staff, local produce to its customers and seriously address the issues of packaging in the united fight against plastic. Wherever possible HIsbe uses produce from the surrounding countryside, It’s priced as fairly as possible to ensure that producers receive a fair return and the profits are ploughed back into the company, to aid growth.
We joined a cookery demonstration at the Community Kitchen on Queens Road and talked about the importance of learning to cook and providing opportunities for volunteers to work with their community, to provide skills for life.
The final stop was The Bevy,The Bevendean Community Pub, which is not just a pub but a hub for the local community to come together. There you will see the likes of the Dementia Club, Park Runs and Christmas dinners for those that live alone, plus training opportunities for chefs of the future, who have become ostracised from the traditional education system.