Perth cafe among thousands of Scottish social enterprises ‘bringing greater equality to the economy’

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Deputy Prime Minister John Swinney visited a cafe and training kitchen in Perth to find out how social enterprise is boosting the local economy.

The Giraffe Café supports people with learning disabilities, mental illness, and people with autism to make the transition to inclusion, socialization and, where appropriate, to meaningful work. Trainees come from across the Perth and Kinross area while profits from the cafe and catering business support training opportunities as well as a program of activities to reduce isolation and improve mental health and physical.

The company is one of over 6,000 social enterprises in Scotland and together they contribute £2.6 billion to the Scottish economy, supporting nearly 90,000 jobs. Swinney, who is the MSP for Perthshire North, was welcomed to the cafe by Gareth Ruddock, managing director of Giraffe, and Chris Martin, managing director of Social Enterprise Scotland, which champions and supports the social enterprise community.

Martin said: “We are proud to be developing a strong and inclusive voice for social enterprise in Scotland. Social enterprises play a leading role in bringing greater justice and equality to our economy and Giraffe is a fantastic example of what can be achieved. »

John Swinney pictured with service users outside the Giraffe cafe and training kitchen in Perth. Photo: Becky Duncan

Ruddock added: “Enterprising social enterprises like ours are the backbone of communities across Scotland and will be even more so in the face of the cost of living crisis and more. Like many other wonderful organizations in Perth and Kinross, and indeed across Scotland, we do what we can to support our communities.

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