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The Future Generations Charity of the year 2019/20

The Future Generations Charity of the year 2019/20


I’m thrilled to announce that the staff in my Office of the Future Generations Commissioner have voted to make bigmoose their charity for the year. I can announce that the winner of the Dragons Den ‘Charity of the Year’, who we’ll be supporting for the next year with lots of our skills and expertise and hard work is… (drum roll) The bigmoose! Why are we doing that? Well we think that this is a brilliant example of innovative practice. We love the fact that their motto is ‘leaving the world in a better place than we found it’. We love all the different things that they are involved in. From giving homeless people a hand up by employing them, looking at setting up coffee making and barista training in Cardiff Prison. The fact that they are putting on a paralympics for children with learning disabilities and a range of different disabilities. The fact that in practically everything they do they are thinking about how they can help others, and as I said, leave the world in a better place than they found it. bigmoose began in 2014. Dad decided to create a legacy for his friend who unfortunately passed away in 2007 and his nickname was Moose. We wanted to do something to build a good following and give back to the world, so that’s where bigmoose came from. We started doing some work with the homeless, going down to the back of Marks and Spencer’s on Queen Street. There is a soup kitchen, so we’d go down and take warm clothes, bedding, hot food and drink, and try and help as much as we could. Then we decided we needed to do something more and we came up with the idea for the coffee shop, which is where we are now. bigmoose coffee co is a non-profit coffee shop where all the money is reinvested back into helping homeless people into work and back into society. What we want to do is give people hope, we want to grow them and give them love. That’s what we are doing. I’ve got one of our people, that we are helping, downstairs pouring coffee and he’s come on in leaps and bounds. Since I first met him, his anxiety levels have gone down, he’s made a move from Blackwood to Cardiff, I spoke to him on Saturday night and he said he’s the happiest he’s ever been in his life. which is phenomenal. I love the idea that this is a hand up, not a hand out. So, what you’re doing is, you’re involving the community, you’re helping people in need, you’re moving them through that magic door into reality where the rest of us live. Where we’ve got to look after our money, we’ve got to look after ourselves and moving people on. The best way to do it is through getting them a job like here at bigmoose. It’s an absolute honour to be named the first charity that you guys are supporting. We were absolutely blown away when we heard. You’ve used our coffee shop for your Christmas dinner and party. You’ve partied hard with us and we loved you from the beginning. The fact that you’ve shared that love and decided to embrace us as a new, young business we’ve obviously made an impression on you, which is absolutely brilliant. I’m very very pleased that you’ve chosen a social enterprise-like charity like bigmoose. I would like to see bigmoose’s in all of our cities. I think we’ve got a lot of synergy and that symbiosis will be grown. Hopefully we can bring something to the party as well it’s not just a take situation but help you guys do things as well and spread your message which is an amazing message. It’s about doing things today for the future and that’s very much what we’re about. Together, we’re an unstoppable team. What is exciting for me, is coming down to Cardiff and being able to be taken to a project like this. That fits in so perfectly, it is not simply something where you get some distressed space and then you stick something in. This is a functioning social business and to me, that’s the sign. That’s what I’ve tried to do with the big issue and that’s what we’ve tried to do in big issue invest. We invest in businesses all over the UK and they are all about getting people moving on. A hand up, not a hand out. We’re absolutely delighted to be able to get behind them because we think that this is embodies everything that the Well-being of Future Generations Act is aspiring to achieve in Wales.

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