Fat Macy’s

Fat Macy’s trains aspiring chefs to serve up food with heart, creating a recipe that helps young Londoners make the journey from hostel to home.

Fat Macy’s is a social enterprise committed to providing opportunities for young Londoners living in homeless hostel accommodation. We run supper club events and in-hostel training to create a framework through which participants can overcome the financial barriers preventing them from moving into rented accommodation, whilst gaining valuable work experience and giving them the confidence to challenge the perception of homelessness.

Fat Macy’s combines excellent food with social enterprise expertise – creating a unique model that not only serves delicious food to Londoners, but constructs a much-needed pathway from hostel to home for our trainees. We have already been recognised by the Beyond Business programme in partnership with Investec bank, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Shackleton Leaders award, UnLtd and O2 Think Big.

Our pathway begins with a five day in-hostel training bootcamp in catering, hospitality and employability. All trainees who complete the programme will leave with a Level 2 Food Hygiene qualification, the experience of positive psychology coaching, one-to-one support in CV writing, covering letters and interview tips, and basic catering and hospitality training.

Those who are accepted onto the Fat Macy’s volunteer traineeship are then given 150 hours of work experience at Fat Macy’s supper clubs and catering events, providing work experience and further training. As trainees complete certain time milestones (50, 100, 125 hours) they are eligible to apply for two forms of photographic identification, a month’s travel pass and work uniform to facilitate the journey to independent living.

Once trainees reach 150 hours they are eligible to apply for a housing deposit grant of £1200, which is paid directly to the landlord.