A social enterprise which supports the homeless and unemployed will open in Aberdeen at the end of June.
Popular cafe Social Bite , founded by Josh Littlejohn and Alice Thompson in 2012, has secured a premises just off Union Street and plan to open their fifth ‘cafe with a conscious’ in the next four weeks.
Taking over the old Baguette Express sandwich bar, building work commenced on the project on Monday, after plans to open the site in March were delayed.
Josh said: "It’s just one of those things, it’s taken a lot longer than expected but we are on our way and hope to open in the next few weeks."
The new cafe, which operates a suspended system for customers to purchase hot drinks and meals for those in need, has been completely funded by players of the Postcode Lottery which offers grants to good causes from its profits.
In December, Social Bite joined forces with Itison and encouraged Scots to dig deep during the festive period to donate £5 to help a homeless person enjoy a Christmas dinner.
Initially hoping for 800 vouchers to be sold, a total of 36,264 deals were purchased during the fundraising drive, which raised over £180,000 for the social enterprise.
The surplus funds have meant that Social Bite can support even more people in need at the new Aberdeen site.
Josh said: "Thanks to the Itison deal, everything is prepaid for until Christmas this year which means we can feed any homeless person who needs our help."
Recruitment for the cafe will go under way shortly, with a total of five roles including a shop manager being made available.
Josh said: "As part of our ethos, one in four of our staff members are from the homeless community, so we will be looking to bring in one or two people who may be homeless or are Big Issue sellers to work in the cafe."