East Belfast Mission has been a registered charity since 1985.
Current projects include Stepping Stone employability project, Hosford homeless support service, family & community projects, Church congregation, pastoral care & counselling, Turas Irish Language classes and Social Economy projects. EBM is also the host for the East Belfast Social Enterprise Hub funded by Invest NI and now based in the Skainos builidng. The current SE projects are: 9 restore charity shops, 2 rebeebies shops selling secon-hand nursery items, a Vintage shop with bridal department, refresh cafe with a meals on wheels service at Skainos, refurb furniture restoration project, recycle project repairing and reselling second hand bikes through restore.
As a social enterprise we aim to fulfil the “triple bottom line”. This means we want to achieve social, financial and environmental goals. Socially, we provide placement and volunteering opportunities in the community and sell good quality second hand items through our shops, to people who can not afford to buy new. We teach new skills to long term unemployed, help folk to regain lost confidence and help others to simply socialise and meet new friends. All income from the shops is regenerated into the social projects of the organisation. This is how we achieve our financial goals.
Environmental issues are also at the top of our agenda. restore has a close partnership with local councils, working with them to remove good quality bulky waste items and selling them in our shops. We are encouraging clothes recycling and have introduced several banks at other Methodist Church premises. This not only helps the recycling agenda but also increases the shops income. We work in partnership with many other charities, government bodies and also have contracts with several councils removing bulky waste from the recycling centres and reselling or refurbishing before reselling in our shops.