Be Enriched was set up to run ErasmusPlus projects, taking disadvantaged young people from Scotland and England to countries in Europe in order to develop transferable skills, tolerance, volunteering opportunities and a new perspective of life.
However, we realised that young offenders were unable to take part in these projects also needed to be given an alternative to the normal reparations and so we set up our first Community Canteen in Tooting. After 3 months we saw a reduction in the re-offending rates of the youth, moving them on to apprenticeships. The experience showed us that people were in need of the safe space that the canteen provided, so we continued to run and grow the project.
We believe in enriching local life through connecting people, cultivating respect, whilst sharing skills and developing community initiatives. We operate in a non oppressive manner and use a whole community approach to our work.